Why do the prayers of the Church not stop the war? Is the weakness of faith the reason for this?
After the resurrection, Christ appeared to the disciples in the upper room and said: “Peace to you” (Luke 24:36, John 20:19). The Church of Christ continually prays for peace. During the Holy Mass, the priest repeatedly turns to the people and says: “Peace to all”.
But so far there are still bloodsheds, conflicts, raging wars. What is the reason? Does the Church not pray well for peace, do not the priests and the faithful people sincerely ask God for peace?
But let us remember the words of Christ: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:6-7). The Lord also said: “You have the poor always with you” (26.11). So, Christ has confirmed the existence of wars, poverty, and deprivations in the world.
We think that wars are waged by dictators, and the responsibility for wars lies on politicians, and we live, thinking that we have no share of guilt in the terrible reality of the world. But the evil, as the Fathers of the Church show, is not an independent existence, but it is the lack of goodness, as darkness is not a separate existence, but the lack of light.
Thus, every sin increases the darkness of evil in the world. As the whole universe fell down with Adam’s fall, just in the same way with the fall of his descendants, of humans, the darkness of evil is added to the world.
Similarly, the cause of the crucifixion of Christ was not the Jews who exacted the execution from the politician Pilate, or the Roman soldiers, who carried out the crucifixion of Jesus Christ according to the order to execute the judgment ostensibly to prevent the wave of rebellions and riots within the country. But the cause of the crucifixion and death of Christ were the sins of all mankind, for the Savior was tortured, crucified, and died instead of all people to bring redemption and salvation to the world.
In the general sense, the responsibility for war falls on everyone who does not live in holiness, and also falls on the Christian world, which also has often provoked and waged wars.
That responsibility relates to the Christian world, which is now turned into an economic environment where the rules of the market and even passion and bodily feelings prevail and not the commandments of Christ. Meanwhile, the holiness of each Christian adds the light of goodness in the world to dispel the darkness of iniquity and wars from the life of mankind.