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Friday, August 05, 2005

sixty years after hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. More than 120,000 people died in the bombings, and nearly a quarter of a million died from lingering effects.

These are the only two nuclear weapons ever to have been used in warfare, but the nations of the world have collectively detonated more than 2000 nuclear bombs for purposes of testing.

The superpowers monitor the globe with satellites that can give early warnings in case of a nuclear attack. In some cases, these satellites have prevented nuclear war when ground-based detection systems gave false alarms.

Does the human race have the wisdom and courage to refrain from using such destructive power? On this anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack, let's pray that there won't ever be another.


At 8/06/2005 8:16 PM, Blogger Monk-in-Training said...

Loving God, You inspire us with love for all persons and concern for the well-being of all creation.

Give us today the strength and courage to transform the compassion of our hearts into acts of peace, mercy, and justice.

Forgive us for the arrogance that leads to moral blindness, for desires for vengeance and retaliation, and for willingness to sacrifice others for our own security and avarice.

Help us to renounce all forms of violence: prejudice, unfair allegations, intolerance, and injury.

Give us the courage to resist threatening postures, calls to arms, mobilization of troops and weapons, and all actions that threaten the lives and livelihoods of innocent people.

Empower us to live out the caring presence of the merciful and generous persons we claim to be.

Make us channels of Your peace, bearers of healing, women and men who hear and respond with alacrity
to pleas for justice in our world.

We ask all this in the name of Jesus Christ
Who came among us to show us the way.

-Sisters of Mercy

At 8/07/2005 8:08 PM, Blogger BruceA said...



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