"Reflections" regarding THE PATH TO SOLIDARITY
                                                                               (continued)

Prayer  ~~  "Come Spirit of Love!  

Come that as a result of our CONVERSION 
AND
 

COMMUNION,
 
a complete unity of all the peoples 
on this great
CONTINENT OF AMERICA 
may take place!

That beginning with 
The
CHURCH IN AMERICA  

SOLIDARITY,
 
never before seen 
on the face of this earth
, 
may result!

 

 

The drug problem

In summary,  

Pope John Paul II 
advocates 
that the 
CHURCH in AMERICA 

 
form a solidarity with national and business leaders, non-governmental organizations and international agencies in developing 

"...projects aimed at doing away with this trade 
which
threatens 
the 
well-being of the peoples of  AMERICA." 

He further feels that it is necessary that our legislative bodies assure control of the assets 
of all those involved in the trafficking of illegal substances in order to 

"...ensure that the production and marketing of the chemical substances from which drugs are obtained are carried out according to the law."  

Because, if people were not able to obtain the chemical substances with which to make the illegal drugs, this would actually prevent the production of these drugs!  

 He and the Synod fathers agree that, 
"The urgency and the gravity of the problem make it imperative to call upon the various sectors and groups within civil society to be united in the fight against the drug trade."      

He strongly urges our bishops and priests that they, themselves, must come together as true 
PASTORS of the PEOPLE of GOD 
and 
forcefully
condemn the self-love mentality in society today.  

For it is this mentality which often times leads directly to the 
desire for more material goods
and an easy life style which many times encourages illegal drug use!

 

In regards to the poor farmers who may be tempted to grow illegal plants in order to gain money, 

 

 it is suggested that governments provide incentives to encourage the production of alternative crops. 

Pope John Paul II further stresses that,

"Encouragement must also be given to those involved in rehabilitating drug users and to those working in the pastoral care of the victims of drug dependence."  

He reminds us of how important it is that 
unless our children are taught 
the real meaning of life, 
they may find themselves caught up in the
 
addictive
 
and 

destructive
downward-spiral of illegal drug use.

 The Synod Fathers believe that a solidarity 
among all peoples of society,
 but especially the 

CHURCH in AMERICA 
is mandatory in trying to first and foremost prevent the production of illegal drugs in America. 

Secondly, a solidarity is necessary in the working together 

in the recuperation and social rehabilitation of those who unfortunately find themselves addicted

This work can definitely 
be another way to 
 
EVANGELIZE THE GOOD NEWS OF the Living JESUS CHRIST,

Who is the 
BRIGHT SUN,
 

in an otherwise darkened world.

 New Message of Hope 

The Encounter with The Living Jesus Christ

Encountering
Jesus Christ in America Today
The Path of Conversion

The Path to Communion

The Path  to
Solidarity