Peace by Peace

Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law, Rembrandt [Web Gallery of Art]

You must not distort justice: you shall not show partiality; you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes even of the wise and twists the words even of the just. Justice, justice alone shall you pursue, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord, your God, is giving you.

~ Deuteronomy 16:19-20

Statue of St Columban, Bobbio, Italy

Understand the creation, if you wish to know the Creator; if you will not know the former either, be silent concerning the Creator, and believe in the Creator.

St Columban, Sermon 1:5 Sermons of Columbanus (559–615)

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

St Mother Teresa (1910–1997)

Pope Francis praying at the Western Wall, Jerusalem 2014 [Wikipedia]

All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. In 2017, may we dedicate ourselves prayerfully and actively to banishing violence from our hearts, words and deeds, and to becoming nonviolent people and to building nonviolent communities that care for our common home. Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace.
Pope Francis, Fiftieth World Day of Peace, 1 January 2017

Black Rock Mountain, southeast Ireland [Wikipedia]
St Columban (c.543 – 23 November 615) is believed to have been born near here.

Sweet joys of life

May Christ, the Ruler of the Universe,
the only Son of the All-powerful,
grant you all the sweet joys of life,
who, without end, governs all things,
in the name of his Father. Amen.

Prayers and Sayings of St Columban, Columban Martyrs of Malate, 1995

St James the Less, El Greco, 1610-14
Museo de El Greco, Toledo, Spain [Web Gallery of Art]

Instead, the wisdom which comes from above is pure and peace-loving. Persons with this wisdom show understanding and listen to advice; they are full of compassion and good works; they are impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow peace reap a harvest of justice.
James 3:17-18 (Christian Community Bible)

Man Praying, Van Gogh, 1883
Private Collection [Web Gallery of Art]

Do you seriously believe that such horrors are indispensable to a man who wants to do what I want to do: give peace to poor creatures and reconcile them to their existence on earth?
– Vincent van Gogh, Artist (1853 – 1890)

May – June 2016

Entertaining Angels: the Dorothy Day Story
Martin Sheen plays Peter Maurin in this movie.

The world would become better off
if people tried to become better.
And people would become better
if they stopped trying to be better off.

– Peter Maurin, Co-founder of the Catholic Worker (1877 – 1949)

Humanly speaking, we could understand and interpret the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting it or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his word. He does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal; he really means us to get on with it.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1909 – executed 9 April 1945), The Cost of Discipleship


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Holy Door, Basilica of St John Lateran [Jubilee of Mercy website]
We can't let ourselves be overcome by weariness. No form of sadness is allowed, even if we would have reason to, because of the many worries and multiple forms of violence which wound our humanity.

– Pope Francis, 13 December 2015, opening the Holy Door in the Basilica of St John Lateran.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door, St Peter’s Basilica, 8 December 2015