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Posts from the ‘Peace’ Category

Let Us Center Our Lives

Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.

– Paramahansa Yogananda

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How Can We Be Peace in the World?

I so admire the work of Etty Hillesum – the depth of her spirituality in the face of the Nazi death camps was extraordinary. On this day, Memorial Day, that we celebrate the women and men who have fought to protect us, we pray for the day when we may all experience peace and we will “study war no more.” Perhaps Etty can show us a way there.

Ultimately we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. The more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.

Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life: the Journal of a Young Jewish Woman

This globe at the U.N. building in New York expresses the hope of peace in our world

This globe at the U.N. building in New York expresses the hope of peace in our world

Where Do You Find Peace?

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The Peace of the Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Source: The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

How to Find Peace

According to Brother David Steindl-Rast,
We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.

May our season of Thanksgiving have brought us a grateful and peaceful heart

 

Where Can We Find Peace?

In you, O God, I have found peace

Monday’s Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 131:1,2,3) leads us to peace.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

O God, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I do not busy myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

Rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

O Israel, hope in God
both now and forever.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

God Proclaims Peace

This United Nations flag was retrieved from the site of the bombing at the Canal Hotel, UN Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq, 13 August 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is so very clear that God proclaims peace. Why are we so intent on declaring war?

Tuesday’s responsorial psalm is Psalm 85 where we hear,

I will hear what God proclaims . . . peace.
. . . Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss.
. . . The Lord speaks of peace to the people.