Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Our Holy Father has asked us to join together with him in fasting and prayer today for peace, particularly in Syria. But what is peace?

True peace cannot be imposed with violence, force, or a demonstration of power. True peace cannot come through human effort alone. To quote Pope John XXIII, “true peace cannot come save from God. It has only one name: the peace of Christ. It has one aspect, which impressed on it by Christ who, as if to anticipate the counterfeits of man, emphasized: “‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.'”

In his 1959 Christmas broadcast, Pope John XXIII continued by describing peace as having three parts: peace of heart, social peace, and international peace.

Peace is before all else an interior thing, belonging to the spirit, and its fundamental condition is a loving and filial dependence on the will of God. “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless till it rests in Thee.”

All that weakens, that breaks, that destroys this conformity and union of wills is opposed to peace. Chief among such disrupters is wrongdoing, sin. “Who hath resisted him, and hath had peace?”  Peace is the happy legacy of those who keep the divine law. “Much peace have they who love thy law.”

For its part, good will is simply the sincere determination to respect the eternal laws of God, to conform oneself to His commandments and to follow His paths—in a word, to abide in truth. This is the glory, which God expects to receive from man. “Peace among men of good will.”

To read the rest of his address, it is posted here at Catholic Culture.

Our world is crying out for peace, true peace.  As Catholic Christians, Jesus told us, as His Church, to proclaim the Gospel: there is hope!  Peace and life is found in Jesus! 

But do we believe this for ourselves?  Has peace come to rule in our hearts?  Being transformed into His likeness, which is where true peace resides, is a daily surrender.  It is confessing daily that we cannot do it alone, and then trusting He will be true to His Word. 

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Long ago, on a mountain, Jesus looked out on a multitude of people and He taught them:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Bleesed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for reighteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 Let us join together, ask God for mercy for our sins and for the grace of conversion. Let us pray for ourselves and each other that peace would come and fill our hearts, communities, and world.  Holy Mary, Queen of peace, pray for us.

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