Wednesday, January 2, 2008


My wife and I went to see the movie on New Year's Day. Near the end of the movie, as the Mujhadin were beginning to shoot down Soviet helicopters, I suddenly thought of the young men who were flying in those helicopters. They had not chosen to go to Afghanistan, they had been sent there to kill and to die, like young men - and now young women - in countless wars. As we were leaving the theater my wife said that she would have liked the movie more if it had been fiction.

But the story isn't fiction. And because it isn't fiction, we are called to work and pray for peace.

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