The minute you arrive in this planet your time clock starts ticking towards the end. That is a fact for everyone. Nobody is exempted from the reality of death. After a while here some achieve some degree of success and people in general believe that those ‘achievers’, have really accomplished something big in life.

When you drive through a town away from home, have you ever been to the cemeteries? Do you ever think that every stone and cross represent a human being that had dreams and hopes? Do you think their immediate families remember those who passed away 100 years or even fifty years ago?

The media tells us that more than 1000 US soldiers have died in Iraq. Also thousands of Iraqui people have died, both civilians and soldiers.

What were they like? Why were they fighting?

For many of the war’ casualties’, life was the only gift left. The quality of life deteriorates much at violent sites, so that daily living becomes accelerated dying.

The world will judge us not only for the many lives lost, but also for all the lives spent in a cycle of misery, oppression and hopelessness.

Millions of children will have profound memories of terror from the events taking place in every corner of the world such as in Iraq, Colombia, Russia, Sudan, etc.

The quality of life for children in other parts of the globe has been affected. They will carry with them the scenes of explosions, shots, persecutions, and death. They were denied the right to a childhood with pets, games, and school ­ a childhood surrounded by love, security and basic needs provided. These children will not only pass on that violence to their next generation; they will go about life without ever feeling peace in their hearts.

We have to remember the bible verse; “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck” (Mark 9:42).

Are we already tying the large stone around our necks? Are we ready to accept responsibility for the well being of each child, starting with our immediate family, and extending to any child on earth.

When we talk about economy, interests, patriotism, and wars do we keep in mind that we are affecting this generation and the next ones?

This month my personal life was hit by a close encounter with death. I have seen this person struggle all her life, unable to ever be happy. She had a very hard childhood, empty of love or real concern for her as a human being. Her children and grandchildren will always remember how difficult it was for her to accept her own needs and reach out for love.

Her life reminded me of the children of the world. That is why today I extend my thoughts to all of you. We can not remember even the names f those who populate the cemeteries, but we can make a difference in the present and the future.