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February 2013

Dear Friends,

The Board of Directors lovingly announces the dedication of our annual celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21st) will be in honor of all the children who have suffered and continue to suffer violence in their lives. We especially remember the tragic events of December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. We stand with the World Interfaith Community seeking practical means by which our children can claim the right to live in peace and harmony. We call upon all who practice compassion as a way of life to stand together in solidarity as we honor the child among and within us.

We remind you of the necessity to claim the dignity of the child you are. Before God, in the presence of the sacred, surrounded by the grandeur of the Universe, we are all children born with the right to live in dignity and peace.

We dedicate this year and all our programs to the children who have lost their lives to senseless violence. The children of the inner-city suffer terribly in a society of violence and indifference. We pledge to hear their cry as we advocate for programs fostering mental health, economic relief, good nutrition, and proper education.

We are establishing the Institute of Interfaith Children in cooperation with the diverse religious communities of the Greater Delta Area. We will become more and more attentive to the voices of our children whose insights and wisdom will bless us all.

Please remember these efforts in your thoughts and prayers. We welcome your ideas and reflections as we thank you for your efforts and care for the children of the world.

Peacefully,

Rev. Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
Executive Director for the
Board of Directors

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  • Susan March 20, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I Pray for the Children by Rebecca Davis

    I pray for children who greet me with sticky kisses and sweaty hugs.
    I pray for children who never have treats or are not permitted to play.

    I pray for children who seldom pick up their rooms and have an overabundance of “things”.
    I pray for children who live in dark crowded rooms, sleep on pallets and have no possessions.

    I pray for children who are picky eaters and seem to have hollow legs.
    I pray for children who will eat anything and never have enough.

    I pray for children who are held, caressed, hugged and rocked in a loved one’s arms.
    I pray for children who are beaten, mistreated, and never touched except in hate or lust.

    I pray for children who squeal with delighted horror when watching monster movies.
    I pray for children whose monsters are real and look like ordinary people.

    I pray for children who daydream of the future and the endless possibilities of who they may become.
    I pray for children who dare not dream of the future because it’s a continuation of the horrible present.

    I pray for children who sleep peacefully in safety knowing they are protected by a loving family.
    I pray for children who cry themselves to sleep because their family has abandoned them.

    I pray for children who awake from bad dreams to have a calming voice telling them, “It’s OK, I’m here.”
    I pray for children whose nightmares come in the daytime and who have no escape or refuge.

    I pray for children whose tears can make me laugh and whose sweetness can bring me to tears.
    I pray for children who seldom know laughter and whose tears are ignored

    I pray for children who look at life through eyes shining with healthy curiosity.
    I pray for children who look at life through eyes dull with disappointment and hopelessness.

    I pray for children who act like children in their silliness and excitement.
    I pray for children who have aged beyond their years.

    Lord Jesus, remind us of what we can do for these children. Keep us ever mindful of your love for us and for them. Show us ways to prevent the abuse and trafficking of these children, who are precious in your sight. Let us remember your words when you said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
    May we do everything possible to keep all your children safe, well-fed and loved.
    Amen.

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