My dear friends,
It is hard to imagine that it has been nearly five years since the horrific events of September 11, 2001. The horrible tragedy of that day has been seared into our hearts and, in many ways, continues to be lived out in our world through almost daily acts of terror and hatred.
To mark this difficult Fifth Anniversary, I declare September 11, 2006 to be a Day of Prayer for Peace in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. I encourage our pastors to celebrate Masses, holy hours, or other prayer services for peace on this day. Further, I invite all of our neighborsn Christians and non-Christiansn to join with us in offering prayer and sacrifice to build up a culture of peace and to better heal the wounds of hatred and pain in our communities and in our world.
In particular, I invite you to join me in a special Concert for Peace at The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 7:15 in the evening. Opera Illinois will lead us through a meditation of Mozart's Requiem, various religious representatives will offer prayers for peace, and a collection will be taken to further the work of the Red Cross in assisting those most affected by this tragedy.
Let us be united in praying for peace and healing. I look forward to being with you and all of our friends from throughout central Illinois for a poignant night of music and prayer in the Cathedral.
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky. C.S.C.Bishop of Peoria
(Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC, is the bishop sponsoring the Cause of Fulton J. Sheen.)
Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality.Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life.Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow: If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence,it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful.. Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one's own life than of another's.
-- CCC 2264
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