Peace in Action

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GivernyBusiness!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” 
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Virginia Woolf once said:  “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”  Peace is found in action!

The indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt declared: “It isn’t enough to talk about peace.  One must believe in it.  And it isn’t enough to believe in it.  One must work at it.”  Even so, it is difficult at times to know how to participate. How do we “work at it?”

Perhaps the “work” is sharing kindness and love.  A gentle word said in passing, a smile exchanged with a co-worker, a hug given when sorrow has visited a friend.  St. Francis of Assisi prayed:  “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”

St. Francis of Assisi

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“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”

Francis of Assisi

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy