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In the wake of the Orlando tragedies over the weekend, I honestly could not bring myself to publish my regular MasterClass Monday article. I am just too sad and heartbroken and need to somehow address the turmoil that currently exists in our world and, more recently , in Orlando, Florida.
While browsing YouTube, the only videos which placated me and gave me hope for the future were performances of the classic hymn”Let There Be Peace On Earth“. The simplicity of the message in this beautiful song is soothing and calming. However, more important, it relays a better future for all.
My favorite arrangement of this number is the performance by the Harlem Boy’s Choir, featured below:
Although we can’t see them, their beautiful voices will pierce your heart and soul. it is such a gorgeous and inspiring interpretation of this number and the delivery of the message contained in the lyrics has never been more poignant and memorable.
However, one cannot forget the beautiful rendition of this song during the historic visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Performed by the Young People’s Chorus in New York City during the interreligious event at the Ground Zero Memorial in New York City in September 2015, this event is a constant reminder that we have a duty to spread peace and goodwill to our neighbour, even when a tragedy of mammoth proportions occur – be it on 9/11 or on June 11th and June 12th, 2016.
And – all the tragedies which have transpired between and before these dates.
The faces on these young singers are so full of promise and hope and it is up to all of us to ensure that the world returns to the inherent goodness that does exist in every human being. And, we must embrace and respect our neighbor with kindness and empathy. Reach out to those who are struggling. Not everyone has a calm and secure life and just one kind word can make such a difference.
I would like to send my condolences and prayers to the victims, their families and friends. I hope and pray that our leaders will find a remedial solution to the chaos that has become our way of life. PEACE. Let us live in peace and tranquility and find a way to create our Heaven here on our precious Earth.
In Memoriam. #OrlandoStrong