“We looked for peace, but no good came, for a time of healing, but behold, terror.” (Jer 8:15) Who does not long for peace? But… how to achieve it in a world agitated by numerous and complex problems?
Centuries before the Lord’s birth, Isaiah had already prophetized that he would be the “Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6). Just as their Master did, the Apostles –above all Saint Paul– always offered peace to their listeners and to the recipients of their letters. And, inspired by the Holy Spirit, Holy Mother Church has always discerned how to guide the peoples under her mantle along the paths of peace, according to the definition of the great Saint Augustine: pax tranquillitas ordinis – peace is the tranquility of order (De Civitate Dei, XIX, 13).
Yes, “the tranquility of order”, because order is the proper disposition of things according to their purpose, and the purpose of all human beings is to return to God, from whence he came. Therefore, any effort made to achieve peace which forgets God…would be in vain. As the prophet expressed, no good comes of it, and the terror only increases.
While voices don’t cease to cry out –and what voices!– in favor of a peace that forgets what is the place due to God, it will greatly benefit us to delve into the enduring teachings of the Church regarding true peace... Read more…