While most people today are remembering the soldiers who have given their lives for their country, I would like to take a moment to recognize and honor people the world over who are carrying the wounds and scars of daily living. The men, women, and children who have been victims of abuse or violence.Those who suffer from any one of hundreds of life's traumas. The agonized souls who drop to their knees in the dark night, wailing their pain and grief in an empty room. Those who could no longer stand the pain and took their lives, and those who are left behind with holes in their hearts.
Who among us does not bear the burden of such experiences? On this day I ask for the grace to forgive those who have caused us pain, and the kindness to embrace ourselves with love and gentleness. May our souls be soothed and rest in peace.