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I am always moved when I visit the House of Peace. Our guests are resilient and strong.
Twenty-six years ago, I came to work here, this place, the House of Peace. Lots of people come here every day. People come from all walks of life. Some come to bring blessings. Some come to receive blessings.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki for several years has kept the House of Peace, and the guests that it serves, on his busy calendar during Holy Week. Archbishop prays a blessing over the guests, staff, and volunteers. His prayers are always uplifting and well received! He is very receptive and comfortable among all of the many guests who have registered to receive an Easter ham and food, in order to share a Holiday meal with their loved ones.
On December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, with thirty separate articles, gave a global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. The leaders in the Catholic Church have not written a similar declaration but they came close to it in the writing of Pope John XXIII, when in 1963, he laid the foundation for a listing of human rights. “Each individual…is truly a person. His is a nature that is endowed with intelligence and free will. As such he has rights and duties…. These rights and duties are universal, inviolable, and therefore altogether inalienable” (Pacem In Terris, #9). The list of human rights is long and not all are included here!