To mark the Peace Day and Martyrs’ Day on Jan. 30, an Inter-faith prayer was organized at Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity, by the Commission for Dialogue, of the Archdiocese of Calcutta.
Prominent leaders of Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jain and Buddhist faith communities took part in the two-hour long interfaith prayer.
Welcoming the guests Father Sunil Rosario, the director of Dialogue Commission, said, “Peace has become very demanding in today’s context, when the innocent and voiceless people are becoming targets of violence.”
The venue Mother House was chosen for this Inter faith prayer just because Saint Mother Teresa was the beacon of peace to the world by her total commitment to the cause of suffering humanity.
January 30 is the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi who stood for ‘truth and non-violence.’
Father Ambrose, Parish Priest of Bow Bazar, reminded that, “peace has to be experienced within the heart of each one, peace within the family is very demanding.”
Janab Abdul Aziz, said, “We should stop spreading hatred among the people and individuals of various faith communities and spread love, fellowship, tolerance and understanding between various faith communities.”
While Swami Vishwadyananda pointed out that “Our God experience in life can give us true peace,” Bhikhu Budhorokhi said that peace must be the ultimate goal in one’s life.
Ms Saswati Basu Mullick led the singing with the most appropriate devotional songs for the occasion.
Sister Konchita MC, highlighted the desire of St. Teresa of Calcutta for peace to all people across the world citing Mother’s prayer for peace:
The fruit of silence is prayer; The fruit of prayer is faith; The fruit of faith is love; The fruit of love is service; The fruit of service is peace.”
One of the participants, a Khrista Bhakta from Birati shared that the inter-faith prayer was an incredible experience for her. “I feel blessed to have taken part in this prayer for peace. all spoke the language of love to build peace on earth.” - Rituparna Sengupta
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