Living peaceful lives in a warring world
There are many kinds of wars. There are the obvious wars in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and many other countries. There are also mental wars that people suffer in their minds due to mental illness and depression. There are wars in families and amongst friends.
“ Well peace is first and last what matters “ I was told by a wise priest.
How does one acquire this peace?
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. John 14:27
"Peace isn't something which can be bought; it is a gift to be sought patiently and to be crafted through the actions, great and small, of our everyday lives,"
"Dear Brothers and Sisters, Never resort to war! Never war! Above all, I think of all the children who are robbed of their hope for a better life and a decent future. Killed children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphans, children who play with remnants of war, instead of toys. Children who don't know how to smile. Please stop! I ask you with all my heart. It's time to stop. Stop it please!”
Since July 28th marks 100 years since the start of World War I, the Pope asked that people look back at history, so they don't repeat the same mistakes.
"As we remember this tragic chapter, let's not make the same mistakes, but rather, may we learn from history. May the lessons of peace and of patient and courageous dialogue always prevail.”
Mark Lambert who blogs here tweeted today:
Mark Lambert @sitsio
We criticise Israel & Palestine, but if we don't even have peace in our own families; peace in our hearts, what in all honesty do we expect.
I like this from the book I’m currently reading:
“ Another thing we have to guard against (something which at first looks as if it is presented by an angel of light) is excessive disquietude at the evil in the world. Certainly it is good to lament the sins and unchristianity of our day and to work wholeheartedly to overcome them, but the kind of disquietude which occupies our minds, prevents us from praying and distracts us from God (Who alone can remedy the evil in the world anyway) is an aid to the Devil in robbing us of interior silence. “ “Journey to Bethlehem” Dorothy Dohen.
Evangelii Gaudium The Joy of the Gospel here