Peace by Peace

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart . . . I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right... In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.

An entry in July 1944 from The Diary of a Young Girl. These are the concluding words of the play based on that, The Diary of Anne Frank.

Path Of Peace

Peace is an easy path to tread
Peace is where our fears are mislaid
Peace is beginning to restore
Peace for each man, woman and child
Peace for the troubled streets gone wild
Peace is for the old and the young
Peace in the end will overcome
Peace builds trust into a lifestyle
Peace is a friendly open hand
Peace is a place to understand
Peace in the end will overcome
Peace is for the old and the young
Peace is a legacy to leave
Peace is when we don't have to grieve
Peace is an end to all the hate
Peace is why we negotiate
Peace for all the victims of war

Paul McCann (Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10 March 1956; has lived in Australia for many years.) Source of poem.



‘It is my hope that in a small way I have been able to contribute to peace through compassion and also to the recognition, as George Fox has said . . . “That there is that of God in everyone,” a conception of the sanctity of human life which precludes all wars and violence.’

Fritz Eichenberg, Quaker Illustrator (1901-1990)

If we were humble, nothing would change us-neither praise nor discouragement. If someone were to criticize us, we would not feel discouraged. If someone were to praise us, we also would not feel proud.

-Mother Teresa

When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.

-Pope John Paul II

Steps to Successful Negotiation

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
BENEDICT XVI
FOR LENT 2010
“The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ”
(cf. Rm 3, 21-22)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22).
Justice: “dare cuique suum”


And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever.

Isaiah 32:17, RSV



A violent person always stands to lose, even though he may win the first battle, for he ends up isolated and hedged around by his lack of understanding.

Furrow, No 867, by St Josemaría Escrivá(1902-1975)


Nonviolence is not an end in itself; it is a means. The end purpose is life with justice, the beginnings, the ‘already but not yet’ of the Kingdom of God. It is precisely this lack of justice that lays the basis for violence. If we want to remove violence we must first remove injustice.

Island of Tears, Island of Hope, Chapter 6, by Fr Niall O’Brien

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