Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
- our Lord Jesus, recorded by St. John 14:27
Peace is not the absence of effort, but the tranquillity of order.
- St. Augustine or St. Benedict or St. Thomas Aquinas
But Christian peace, true peace, is neither wilderness nor helplessness, nor stillness; that is the peace of cemeteries. Christian peace is life, it is motion, it is spontaneous action, the fruit of harmony and cooperation
- from the "General Notions" on a paper on peace by Msgr. Luigi Civardi
Finally, here's an almost over-familiar prayer. Yeah, yeah, you say, good old raggedy St. Francis of Assisi. But look at it with new eyes, and try and say it in a thoughtful way, as an examination of conscience.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life
What say you of peace?
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