Shimon Peres (Szymon Perski) 2 August 1923 – 28 September 2016. RIP, friend.

Oh my Lord, it’s time to pray
When a new sun shines, let’s make hay
So save my land from desert stay
Call the ocean’s salt to melt away
Call the ocean’s salt to melt away
And bless streams with love’s sway
Provide my foe and friend a bloodless day
Invite boys and girls for peace to pray,
Then send a ray of hope for a new way…
And bless streams with love’s sway
Provide my foe and friend a bloodless day
Invite boys and girls for peace to pray,
Then send a ray of hope for a new way…

The words were written by Shimon Peres (Szymon Perski; 2 August 1923 – 28 September 2016), who was the oldest living head of state in the world in 2014, when he retired. Bocelli sings this with Liel. It is Liel who wrote the music. They performed this for Shimon back on 27 September 2008.

shimon-peresShimon had an incredible military, diplomatic and political career, even receiving the Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat back in 1994 for the Oslo Peace Accords. The Warrior for Peace…

I agree with the lyrics: Provide my foe and friend a bloodless day. Don’t you?

Since Shimon has now passed away, I think pretty much anyone who was anyone back in 1948 has passed away as well, and with them an incredible chapter for Israel.

A Ray of Hope = Salvation is from the Jews, Jesus, who is called Lumen gentium… The Light of the Nations and the Glory of God’s People, Israel.

And, just because I like making people think, this Catholic priest, who is Jewish, now has a vehicle which looks like this from the back:

israeli-car-flag

I’m guessing this is why some “traditionalists” (note the scare quotes) hate me so much. No matter how much I’ve done to reestablish the Traditional Mass on three different continents (really a lot, mind you), they publicly claim I’m not even a priest. I forgive them, but I wonder what Jesus will say to them. HE was a Jew. Lots of scare quote traditionalists have conspiracy theories about Jews, and all Jews are lumped together just like in the camps. Did they have a conspiracy to be killed by Hitler? Is Iran a figment of the Imagination? Maybe I should start some conspiracy theories of my own and wonder if scare quote traditionalists are really secret ISIS sympathizers. Heh heh heh…

Anyway, Shimon! May you have a pleasant meeting with our fellow-Jew, Jesus, Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception and Prince of the Most Profound Peace. Amen.

– Father George David Byers, Missionary of Mercy

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6 responses to “Shimon Peres (Szymon Perski) 2 August 1923 – 28 September 2016. RIP, friend.

  1. John Rice

    A wonderful man.He will be missed. Prayers for the repose of his soul.

    John.Rice, retiree Bank Hapoalim, BM

  2. Nancyv

    What a beautiful tribute (and probably the best and only true one I’ll see) to this honorable man. Thank you Fr. Byers. And I’d give you a honking high-5 if I saw your truck!

  3. Nan

    More prayers.

    I guess Pope Francis naming you a missionary of mercy is further evidence that you’re not a priest?

  4. Father George David Byers

    That was, I think, the main point.

  5. Nan

    I’m guessing that not even the smallest parish in NC would accept a counterfeit priest.

  6. Father George David Byers

    There are non Catholic ministers everywhere!

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