October 14

Reflection

 The plowshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit humanity as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword. In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of the human family. Do we need some cataclysmic universal threat to make us recognize this common bond? How quickly our differences world-wide would vanish if, as we see in science fiction movies, we were facing an alien threat from outside this planet. Jesus has called us to live in peace: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” We long for that blessing!

Prayer

May the peace of Christ fill our world.

Action

Examine your attitudes toward the politics of war and justice. Support those who work for peace and disarmament among nations. Try to cultivate your own inner peace and to work to spread that peace and nonviolence in your sphere of relationships.

Suggested Reading

Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.
Isaiah 2:4

Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:34

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
Black Elk 

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
John F. Kennedy

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

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Maria Montessori

To reach peace, teach peace.
Pope John Paul II

The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.
Pope John XXIII

The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the ploughshare,
They will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward.
Finale of the musical Les Misérables

 

 

 

 

 

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