Empower women for peace

Women holding a rosary and images of Christ shout during a 2015 march for peace in Mexico City. (CNS/Reuters/Ginnette Riquelme)

How many people in armed services all over the world have served their respective countries, dutifully and faithfully, with the belief that they fought so that future generations wouldn't have to? Will that dream will ever be realized?

What could bring about world peace? What could make the sacrifices of so many millions of lives over the years worth it?

I've been reading the Book of Revelation lately (it inspires surreal images when I write lyric poetry), and the book makes its readers consider the final destruction of Earth, and the ultimate victory over evil. It's actually a pleasant thought for some people, but I hate to think the only route to peace is the end.

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A version of this story appeared in the July 1-14, 2016 print issue under the headline: "Empower women for peace" .

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