Father Kavanaugh's piece in the latest issue of America (on the Barbarism of War) coincided with an RNS review of the book "Skipping Towards Armageddon." I would really encourage you to read both, especially in the light of today's Gospel (Jesus' instructions to his newly-minted apostles).
Jesus tells the twelve to heal the sick, raise the dead--in a word, to restore life. But some of our more deluded Christian brethren seem to be basing their faith-life less on the Gospel of the Lord than on (peculiar interpretations of) the Book of Revelation. This leads them to believe that the day of the Lord will be hastened by violence and warfare. In other words, that we can "force" God's hand and "make" Jesus come again by putting all the pieces in place for violent conflict in (where else?) the Middle East (where "Megiddo," the original "Armadeddon" was).
What this tells me is that it is more important than ever to proclaim the Gospel. Loud and clear. And faithfully.