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What can I do for peace?

Tags: Charity, Understanding, Suffering, Prayer, Peace
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. (Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, Mt 5: 1-12)


How about you? What are you doing?

The Lord wants his children in all the honest pathways of this earth, sowing the seeds of understanding and forgiveness, of harmony, charity and peace.
—How about you? What are you doing?
(The Forge, 373)

The task for a Christian is to drown evil in an abundance of good. It is not a question of negative campaigns, or of being anti-anything. On the contrary, we should live positively, full of optimism, with youthfulness, joy and peace. We should be understanding with everybody, with the followers of Christ and with those who abandon him, or do not know him at all.
—But understanding does not mean holding back, or remaining indifferent, but being active.
(Furrow, 864)

Your life, your work, should never be negative, nor anti-anything. It is — it must be! — positive, optimistic, youthful, cheerful and peaceful.
(The Forge, 103)

When I speak to you of good example, I mean to tell you, too, that you have to understand and excuse, that you have to fill the world with peace and love.
(The Forge, 560)

Those... who see adversaries where there are only brothers, deny with their works the Christianity they profess.
(Furrow, 869)

Matters can rarely be resolved by aggressive polemics which humiliate people. And things are certainly never cleared up when among those arguing the case there is a fanatic.
(Furrow, 870)

Peace is... for men of good will

A clear mark of the man of God, of the woman of God, is the peace in their souls: they have peace and they give peace to the people they have dealings with.
A clear mark of the man of God, of the woman of God, is the peace in their souls: they have peace and they give peace to the people they have dealings with.
(The Forge, 649)

Peace, truth, unity, justice. How difficult it often seems to eliminate the barriers to human harmony! And yet we Christians are called to bring about that miracle of brotherhood. We must work so that everyone with God's grace can live in a Christian way, "bearing one another's burdens," keeping the commandment of love which is the bond of perfection and the essence of the law.
(Christ is Passing By, 157)

n the name of this victorious love of Christ, we Christians should go out into the world to be sowers of peace and joy through everything we say and do. We have to fight — a fight of peace — against evil, against injustice, against sin. Thus do we serve notice that the present condition of mankind is not definitive. Only the love of God, shown in the heart of Christ, will attain the glorious spiritual triumph of men.
(Christ is Passing By, 168)

Peace, peace, you tell me. Peace is... for men of good will.
(The Way, 759)

How can you be at peace if you allow passions you do not even attempt to control to drag you away from the “pull” of grace?
Heaven pulls you upwards; you — only you, and don’t seek excuses! — downwards... —If you go on like that you will tear yourself apart.
(Furrow, 851)

Peace in society, peace in the Church

Do you remember the scene St Luke depicts when Jesus is approaching Naim? Jesus crosses paths again with a crowd of people. He could have passed by or waited until they called him. But he didn't. He took the initiative, because he was moved by a widow's sorrow. She had just lost all she had, her son.
Peace, peace, you tell me. Peace is... for men of 'good' will.
The evangelist explains that Jesus was moved. Perhaps he even showed signs of it, as when Lazarus died. Jesus Christ was not, and is not, insensitive to the suffering that stems from love. He is pained at seeing children separated from their parents. He overcomes death so as to give life, to reunite those who love one another. But at the same time, he requires that we first admit the pre-eminence of divine love, which alone can inspire genuine Christian living.
Christ knows he is surrounded by a crowd which will be awed by the miracle and will tell the story all over the countryside. But he does not act artificially, merely to make an effect. Quite simply he is touched by that woman's suffering and cannot keep from consoling her. So he goes up to her and says, "Do not weep." It is like saying: "I don't want to see you crying; I have come on earth to bring joy and peace." And then comes the miracle, the sign of the power of Christ who is God. But first came his compassion, an evident sign of the tenderness of the heart of Christ the man.
(Christ is Passing By, 166)

A Christian who lives united to Christ's heart can have no goals but these: peace in society, peace in the Church, peace in his soul, the peace of God which will reach its climax when his kingdom comes.
(Christ is Passing By, 170)

Just as Christ "went about doing good" throughout Palestine, so must you also spread peace in your family circle, in civil society, on the job, and in your cultural and leisure activities. This will be the best proof that the kingdom of God has reached your heart. As St John wrote: "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren."
(Christ is Passing By, 166)

A violent person always stands to lose, even though he may win the first battle... for he ends up isolated and hedged around by his lack of understanding.
(Furrow, 867)