Soon it will be Remembrance Day, a time when we specifically remember those who have perished in wars. For those of us of a certain age, Remembrance Day is tied in our memories to World War II. The 'last war'. How wonderful it would be if that was the truly the case. If WWII really had been the last war. But it wasn't. Not by a long way. Korea. Bosnia. Syria. The Gulf War. Sudan. The Seven Days War. Kashmir. Cambodia. Rwanda. The list goes on and on, growing every day as we hear of more and more atrocities. The danger is that this state of affairs will become the new normal. We become so used to the nightly litany of conflict on our news broadcasts, that we tune it out.
And those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them.
Seems that we haven't learned too much. So this Remembrance Day, when we read aloud in church the parishioners of St. Oswald's who went to war, let us remember them and give thanks. And then add another prayer that we never accept warfare as a way of life.
Our prayer? May our children and our children's children inherit a world where armed conflict truly is a memory.