<![CDATA[Dear Brothers and Sisters, Being a follower of Christ can often lead to difference and conflict and sometimes suffering. Our values are often frowned on by Governments and leaders. That is very evident when we talk about being pro-life, or in our struggle to bring about peace rather than war. These are two examples of where our beliefs and values can lead us into conflict and suffering. Over the years those advocating just wages or help for the poor, or basic civil rights have been accused of communism or anti state activities. Some time we forget that Jesus was put to death to silence him for He by His teachings was “disturbing the peace”. The call to love one another is often frowned on by those who are greedy and see people as a commodity to be used and abused as they see fit. As Christians we need to be aware of the possibility ridicule and of suffering. It happened to Jesus and it still happens in so many parts of our world.