.- The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Chihuahua have exhorted âthose who are involved in violenceâ to be reconciled with God and change their lives in order to stop Mexico and the state of Chihuahua from continuing to be âstained with blood.â
âWe ask them to consider that no oneâs life may be taken. We cry out with a shepherdâs heart: âRepent and change your lives.â God is willing to forgive you, but this forgiveness implies being willing to reverse course, to repair the harm and to remove oneself from this activity of death,â the bishops said.
According to the Mexican media, 2009 has already seen 381 homicides in the state of Chihuahua. âThe figures speak for themselves,â the bishops noted.
They pointed out that the crisis reveals there is âa lack of spiritualityâ which demands that Mexicans âturn back to God and to lifeâ and allow Him to be a part of society, political life, schools and families. Conversion, they said, is Christâs invitation to a total and radical change of attitude, as âwe can no longer negotiate with the evil we have allowed to enter, and we need to change from the inside out.â
âItâs not only the government, the military or our prisons that can solve what is happening. All of us, by changing from the inside out, can build a new world. Only new hearts can make a new society. And only God can change our hearts, if we let Him,â they reminded.
We must return âto the perennial principles: respect for life, the dignity of the human person above and beyond the pursuit of money, legitimate work, the rule of law that protects and regulates relationships between individuals and society and honesty,â the bishops asserted.