Ephraim noted, “With all the violence that goes on around us these days it isn’t only children who are afraid. Parents don’t let kids, especially girls, go out alone, or at night. We ourselves are also afraid and I suppose when I watched an incident of xenophobia that seemed almost irrational, I judged that it somehow had to do with fear too. The suspicious way we react to one another, especially to strangers or foreigners, also talks of fear. Is it really possible to love others as God would like us to?
God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him. In this is love perfected with us that we may have confidence for the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and he who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:11-18.
Pope Francis. Peace will not be obtained unless it is hoped for. This means believing in the possibility of peace, believing that others need peace just as much as we do. Here we can find inspiration in the love that God has for each of us: a love that is liberating, limitless, gratuitous and tireless. Fear is frequently a source of conflict, so it is important to overcome our human fears and acknowledge that we are needy children in the eyes of the One who loves us and awaits us. World Day of Peace Message 5.