Peace is a precious character quality which is becoming as rare as rocking horse manure. I am not referring to the fifty-four current armed conflicts in the wide world. (Here’s a fairly accurate list of them.)
Instruments of peaceI’m talking about places where people who should know most about peace are giving themselves political upheavals and ‘un-peace’; Australia, UK and USA. Thankfully the disharmony and disillusionment in these three countries closest in nature to my own, has not degenerated into armed conflict over political differences but there is distress, disgust and despair.
Peace is strong, but so is disharmonyDisharmony is disruptive. It’s time wasting and energy sapping. There is so much good to be done. Wouldn’t you like to see us bursting our boilers to outdo each other in doing good and being instruments of peace.
You’re probably aware of the prayer of St Francis but don’t you wish politicians would live it? Don’t you wish you would?
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
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. Amen.
Where do we need peace?
- We need it in politics. We don’t need sniping and lies and resentment and carping and sarcasm from our leaders. Pot-shots and side swipes in TV interviews and talk shows are pointless. Sure they get audiences laughing or clapping but they are still pointless. They need to disagree but they need to do it with grace.
We need it in the workplace, at school in academia and on the roads. Anyone viewing us from Mars would think we are all arrogant, self-opinionated, defensive, aggressive meat sacks full of wind. Some aren’t. Most of us – if we examine ourselves – would agree we need a personality adjustment.
We need it at home. It’s time we all learned that the hardest thing to give is ‘in’, but to do more of it, nevertheless.
Another thought on peaceThomas a Kempis (1380-1471) popped up in my morning reading with this. It’s worth reading over and over in hope it will remain with you.
Keep yourself in peace, and then may you pacify others.
A peaceable person does more good than a learned one.
A passionate person however turns good into evil, and easily believes in the worst.
A peaceable person turns all things into good.
They that are in peace are not suspicious of any; but they that are discontented, are not quiet themselves, nor suffer others to be quiet.