.- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, exhorted Bolivians this week to tear down âthe walls of separationâ that prevent them from building an authentic peace, but he added that justice, which is one of its requirements, is not achieved by only ârepeating nice words.â During Sunday Mass, the cardinal recalled the difficult moments facing Bolivia and noted that unless âwe put God at the center of our lives,â the country cannot move forward and rebuild.
He warned that with the ascension to power of a new president, the work of peace in the country is still yet to be completed, as the problems facing Bolivia ârequire more profound work that will lead to true reconciliation.â
Only by building âbridges of unity,â the cardinal continued, will Bolivians be able to truly live as âthe people of Godâ and not as âislands separated by towering walls that prevent us from seeing each other and knowing each other as brothers and sisters.â He also thanked those who have been praying for Bolivia, especially the Bishops of Chile, and he invited the faithful to pray for their neighboring country.
On the other hand, during the Mass for peace, Cardinal Terrazas emphasized that peace requires the presence of justice and cannot be achieved through violence or the use of arms.
âThe peace that truly comes from Godâ¦comes through that which God desires for all: respect for the dignity of His children,â the cardinal said.
He called on authorities to improve the countryâs security, without forgetting that it âcannot be imposed out of hatredâ because ârepression is not the way to impose peace.â
Justice, he noted, is a cause bestowed on us by the Lord for the benefit of all, but that to bring it about requires more than just the repetition of ânice words.â Words must translate into action, he warned.