August 21

Reflection

“Peace comes when we are open enough to bear witness to all of life, both its joys and sufferings. Peace comes by being awake, present and open to every unfolding moment in all of reality. Peace comes not by having answers or passing judgment on those with whom we disagree, but by bearing witness to the diversity and oneness of all living beings. Our of that process of bearing witness, the right action of making peace, of healing, arises…bearing witness to the suffering of others rather than screaming out their sins does, in the long run, enable compassion to erupt like fields of wildflowers, uncontainable beauty that spreads and springs up where you least expect.”
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, The Nonviolent Moment

Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Action

What do I believe about building peace? How do I carry this out in my daily living?

Suggested Reading

I’m leaving you at peace. I’m giving you my own peace. I’m not giving it to you
as the world gives. So don’t let your hearts be troubled, and don’t be afraid.
John 14:27

How blessed are those who make peace, because it is they who will be called
God’s children!
Matthew 5:9

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
Nelson Mandela

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
Carlos Santana

Peace is the fruit of love, a love that is also justice. But to grow in love requires work — hard work. And it can bring pain because it implies loss — loss of the certitudes, comforts, and hurts that shelter and define us.
Jean Vanier

This world’s anguish is no different
from the love we insist on holding back.
Aberjhani

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it.
Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness.
Tear out arrogance and seed humility.
Exchange love for hate —
thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.”
Maya Angelou

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein

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