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The ultimate determinate in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas – a trial of spiritual resolve; the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, and the ideas to which we are dedicated.

President Ronald W. Reagan

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These are the words President Reagan spoke to the Irish National Parliament in June 1984. They are timeless; no less true today as then.

All struggles are spiritual and test our resolve.  They ask: Who are we?  What do we stand for?  What do we honor?  How do we live?

These are the questions in all conflicts we face.  They surface in the fights we must have as a person and a people – individually in life, in a family, in our work, in interaction with others – particularly with those, foreign and domestic, who seek to bully and control us, impose discord, faithless and disordered thinking and evil upon us, enslave us, divide us from who we are, what is good and from God.

No one who lives can avoid combat for no life can be claimed when good is not defended – and a life created by the One who is Good is good and is sacred and must be defended lest God be denied.

Our weapons are our values, our beliefs and the ideas to which we and our ancestors are dedicated.  And yes, resolve is required and in conflicts it is our Spirit that is challenged – and in that God; and, what is good is put to risk.

There are many among us now who are godless but seek control.  Their ideas destroy what is good and faithful.  Yes, we face a test of wills; and yes, we must protect what is sacred.

Oh God, keep us in the Spirit, strengthen our resolve – guide us now and always.

Shalom.

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