Api – Kecil-kecil jadi kawan, sudah besar jadi lawan
(Translated as : Fire: When small, it is the friend, when big, it turns into an enemy)
Burning effigies, burning flags are symbolic in a protest.Â But is that the kind of attitude we want to plant in our youths?Â Haven’t we seen enough how our neighbouring country burn buildings and even embassies if they can get their hands on it?Â Do we want to encourage that kind of aggresiveness?
Say if the people are so passionate Â about a cause. I am sure there are more constructive ways to channel those energies.Â I can think of many.Â Such as raising funds for the sufferings.Â Like washing cars to raise money?Â See?Â It is just a simple act.Â And it is symbolic too.
How about prayers across the nation?Â Â Isn’t God Almighty the power that can and will solve the feuding countries?
If you ask me, there is more common sense in reaching out to help the sufferings than to protest against a country that even the United Nations have problem in taming.Â Dude, no one is going to see a tiny ripple in a big ocean.Â But God will be touched to see the tiny effort you make in trying to help the poor, injured, suffering victims of war.
Just a reminder : All Catholics are asked to fast today for the peace in the Middle-East.Â And remember that tomorrow is a day of obligation (to attend mass, i.e.).
August 14, day of fast and prayer
Kuala Lumpur : Answering Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s earlier call (on July 19) to pray for peace in the Middle East, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Most Reverend Datuk Murphy Pakiam has set Monday, August 14 as a day of fast and prayer. On the following day, August 15, which is the Feast of the Assumption, collections will be taken at all Masses for the innocent victims of this conflict in Palestine and Lebanon. The offering will be sent to the Popeâ€™s Pontifical Council Cor Unum for Human Development.