October 9

Reflection

They will hammer their swords into plowshares.
Isaiah 2:1

 The plowshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit humanity as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword. This analogy is not only valid at an international level.  In our obsession with the antagonisms of the present moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of the human family. We have descended into divisions which at worst make us forget that those who do not agree with us are still part of the human race, that differences are not resolved by hostility.  Do we need some cataclysmic universal threat to make us recognize our common bond? Jesus has called us to live in peace: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

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 

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

Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.
Barack Obama

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

Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness.
Holly Branson

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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