Without love, the world is a cold place
We search our whole life for that one person
To love and be loved
How blessed are we to find such a treasure.

Without peace, we are in hell
People misplaced, refugees without rights
War-torn cities, faces of despair
How terrible this burden of destruction.

Without hope, we are lost
We wander aimlessly, darkness follows us
God is far away, we cannot reach him
How broken the spirit of our soul.

Without charity, empathy is missing
All the riches we possess is nothing
If we cannot reach out to the marginalised
How hard our hearts, if suffering cannot be felt.

Faith our guide in prayer
Where we meet God who is love
With love, our heart overflows
And peace, hope and charity becomes fully alive

By C. E. Pereira


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