Friday 02 October 2015 at 18:51Russia Lights the Way
On September 24th, faith communities around the world shined a light on the new global Sustainable Development Goals the night before they went before the UN. The following is a heartfelt message we received from an OurVoices supporter in Russia.
I like to think about the future because it is from the future which comes the brightest ideas, answers, and insights. The future is already there — it's hidden in our minds and our hearts, thoughts and deeds — but we are accustomed to ignore it, because we think it has yet to come.
We live with the idea of a future that will never come.
But if you open the door of pure perception, you can see and perceive all its atoms and the magnificent beauty that awaits humanity which God has prepared for us. Our task is to allow this beautiful future. A future where there is no war and violence, where there is no poverty and crime. A world where humanity will no longer suffer from disease. A world where ecology is more important than corporate profits, where a man will cherish and protect nature as a caring son, guards and protects the good mother.The future is now living within us. All answers and ideas are there. The future is awakening.
And in Russia, we are awakening the future with the lights of our candles to illuminate the night's darkness.
With these words, I turned to the audience at the prayer vigil in Moscow and Krasnoyarsk on September 24th. We were only seventy people or so, but there were many children — my greatest joy. Children are our hope and we must protect them and our natural world for future generations. We were supported by Russian grammar school pupils, students, and seminarians. There were also small prayer vigils carried out at homes with families around Russia, where they also viewed the broadcast of Pope Francis' speech at the UN General Assembly.
I am very thankful to all the organisers of Light the Way for this wonderful event. Thank you, Tessa Tennant, and thanks to the whole team. You gave us a wonderful opportunity to come together for a good cause and to feel the united with the world.
God bless you, Archbishop Cormac (@MalaxovVsevolod)
Photo via Franciscan Action Network (Flickr Creative Commons)