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At this time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate during the holidays, the Peace on Earth that is part of the Christmas message is universal to all.
The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed by a madman is evidence there is still way too much violence on Earth. This country has witnessed far too many mass shootings this past year.
Today, our prayers are with Chief Spence who now in her third week of her hunger strike that seeks to bring attention the disgraceful living conditions of First Nations peoples in her tribe and the sweeping legislation being proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
We hope that Prime Minister Harper and Governor General David Johnston, the Queen of Great Britain Canadian representative will grant Chief Spence her request to meet with them soon.
One would hope that at Christmas, these two men would have some compassion in their hearts.
Among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States and among First Nations peoples in Canada, there are still too many who lack sufficient nutritious food to eat on a daily basis. There are still too many who lack sufficient heat in the winter. There are still too many who lack the most basic health care and overall needs of life.
Christmas is a wonderful time to offer prayers for better lives for all. Our prayers are that there will be PEACE ON EARTH! It still is a powerful message and should be the goal of all.
posted December 25, 2012 4:00 pm est