Memory and the Importance of Health and Wellbeing

Jan 10, 2020

Could we see HIV/AIDS as the “leprosy” of our time?   Even after more than 20 years there is still a degree of stigma attached, although not as much as before.  No doubt the availability of ARVs has had an impact, but even today infections still happen too often and that shouldn’t happen. Should we all not be aware and remember that this is a disease that has not gone away?  In other parts of Africa ebola is a serious concern right now. Health and wellbeing of the human family and the world of nature should always be on our agenda. Those are important for sustainability and peace.

 A man full of leprosy came to Jesus and begged him, “Lord if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, “I will, be clean.”  Luke: 5:12-16.

Pope Francis.    Like the Japanese Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many people in today’s world are working to ensure that future generations will preserve the memory of past events, not only in order to prevent the same errors or illusions from recurring, but also to enable memory, as the fruit of experience, to serve as the basis and inspiration for present and future decisions to promote peace.  What is more, memory is the horizon of hope. Word Day of Prayer for Peace.[4]  

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