October 5

Reflection

The peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil.4:6-9

 

There is a yearning in the human heart for peace. We long for an inner feeling of well-being and calm. There is also a desire within us for peace among people. We are so tired of being bombarded with messages of violent acts and acts of war. Experience shows us that whether it be within ourselves or between nations, trying to achieve peace through violence only promotes more violence. We can only achieve inner peace by practicing self-acceptance, meditative prayer and forgiveness of real or imagined hurts. We can try to cooperate in building world peace by rejecting hate filled propaganda and by promoting nonviolence, conflict resolution, and cooperation. Instead of supporting a misguided patriotism which encourages a leadership that tries to resolve conflict with brute force, we can guide the choices we will make by remembering the words of Paul VI, ”If you want peace, work for justice.”

Prayer

Shalom I give you. Shalom I leave to you.

Action

Practice a type of personal prayer that allows you time for calm and reflection. Let compassion and forgiveness be your attitudes toward others. In the political sphere be on guard against the propaganda that ignores our nation’s responsibility for conflicts and encourages violence while disparaging efforts at finding peaceful solutions.

Suggested Reading

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-9

Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit. Soldiers usually win battles and generals get the credit for them. You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
Napoleon Bonaparte

We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?
Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all desperately want peace… That is why shalom is such an oft-repeated word. For, even as a simple greeting, it embodies deep yearning and solemn promise. So the ancient sage Hillel insisted that it is not enough to simply want peace, to hope for peace, even to pray for peace; he taught us to “love peace and actively pursue peace.”
Wayne Dosick

Be peace, don’t just talk about it.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The great temptation is to let people take our peace away. This happens whenever we become angry, hostile, bitter, spiteful, manipulative, or vengeful when others do not respond favorably to the good news we bring to them.
Henri J. M. Nouwen

I vow to cultivate peace by refraining from acts of violence (both verbal and physical), doing whatever I can to protect others from violence, and working with others to end violence in society as a whole.
Rami M. Shapiro

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
William Gladstone

Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.
Yehudi Menuhin

 

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