“The world is on fire” wrote the great Teresa of Avila. To extinguish the fire, you need peace! And the route of peace is the route of forgiveness.
In forgiveness, healing is established. Relationships based on mercy generate inner peace. Forgiveness is a personal choice; it is a decision to be taken to avoid living in resentment. On the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23.34)
Peace is everyone's business, but in a particular way it is that of the Christian. Peace begins in us. Peace should be the main concern of families.
The family plays an indispensable role to learn respect in the differences and respect for the authority. The family is the first school of peace and place for gratuity. It is said that the peace of a family or a community is born of the softening of relations and recognition of the gifts of each person who composes it.
For believers, peace is born of the adjustment of his heart to God. Without grace, peace is really difficult. We all see that the conflicts rage in us at the psychological, social and spiritual level. It is by allowing ourselves to be seized by the merciful love of God that we can most easily take the path of inner peace.
Psalm 61 tells us that “in God alone, the soul finds peace.” I close with this beautiful exclamation of Saint Thomas Aquinas:
“Like joy, peace is an effect of charity
and results from the love of God.”
Léon Robichaud, I.V.Dei