Peace by Peace

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

‘Be at peace with your own soul,
then heaven and earth will be at peace with you.’
Saint Jerome
Christ is Risen!

by Catherine Doherty

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Verily he is risen! Because he has, darkness has been conquered by light, death by life, and hate by love. Now the world lives in the resurrected Christ.

Whether men and women know it or not, the world has changed; it and the cosmos are now living, existing in the Lord of history, of eternity, of time, and of love. And not only is the Church on pilgrimage toward the Parousia, the Second Coming, but so are all men and women and all the world, and all that surrounds God’s world.

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




– Blessed Mother Teresa

‘But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love – that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion’. <>

‘Do not be afraid that your life will have an end;  be much more afraid that it will never have a beginning’

–The Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 – 1890)



Lord Jesus, we come to you in our need. Create in us an awareness of the massive forces of conflict that threaten our world today. And grant us a sense of urgency to activate the forces of goodness, of justice, of love and of peace.