What came to mind today, though, is the story of Don Quixote, the Man of La Mancha, who accepts a noble quest to establish noble qualities in man that were lost. He sets out on his quest, mocked and ignored, seeking that "impossible dream". He is willing to "march into hell for a heavenly cause". There are times when we feel a little like the man of La Mancha in our quest for a change of heart within individuals and societies. There are times when our efforts and our prayers for peace may seem like an "impossible dream". But unlike this fictional character, who followed his imagination as he tilted at windmills, we follow a Lord and Savior who IS peace, who BRINGS peace through his sacrifice, and who invites us TO BE peacemakers - not in make-believe or as searchers of the impossible - but as agents of change and a source of transforming strength and power. We must witness to Christ Jesus ... we must stand for those who are warred upon ... we must protect the innocent. We must renew our prayers for peace and our efforts to broker peace, for the very future of this world. And if we suffer or are ridiculed for this, then remember the last words of the song "The Impossible Dream" ---
"And the world will be better for this
that one man, scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last once of courage
to reach the unreachable star."