21 – Encounter is the bridge to peace

“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 his birth, Our Lord was prophetized by Isaiah as the “Prince of Peace” (Is 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 ordinispeace 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.


Text of the New Hymn for Peace, with the words of Francis

(Until the English version is released, the official Spanish version will be used here – with a literal translation alongside)

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study


I – Does peace come from the world or from the human being?
II – Is a peace without barriers the peace of Jesus Christ?
III- Does encounter always produce only good results?
IV- The serious duty of preaching the true doctrine regarding peace and its relation to God


I – Does peace come from the world or from the human being?

Sacred Scriptures

Virtue favors peace
Wisdom: a Way to live in peace
Love for the Law of God is a font of peace
Conflicts originate in human passions
Christ is our peace: He has made us members of the family of God
God wished to reconcile all things by the Blood of His Cross

Pius XII

Just and lasting peace may only be obtained through the Law of Christ, font of justice
The true path has been lost due to a distancing from Jesus Christ both in private and public life

Benedict XVI

Without an acceptance of God there will be no peace for humanity
Peace is a gift of God that demands a personal response consistent with God's plan

Pius XI

Jesus Christ brought the solution for peace in the world: the only worthwhile effort in favor of true peace is to restore the Kingdom of Christ

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Since peace is the fruit of charity, without grace true peace cannot exist

II – Is a peace without barriers the peace of Jesus Christ?

Sacred Scriptures

Jesus Christ brings division and foretold the hatred toward those who follow Him
Jesus Christ brings division even within families
The peace of Christ is unlike the peace of the world
The world has hatred for those who are of Jesus Christ
The danger of gathering together with sinners
A heretic is not united to God and one should flee from such persons in order not to become guilty of complicity with them

John Paul II

Jesus does not simply give peace - rather, He gives His peace, which demands order and truth

Pius XI

With respect to imprudent pan-Christians remember that Saint John prohibited contact with all those who do not hold the true doctrine

Pius IX

The word of perpetual conciliation loses all things under the pretext of saving all

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Those who love the world delude themselves with false peace in order to enjoy their beloved world

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Relativistic theories consider the missionary proclamation of the Church to be dangerous to peace

III- Does encounter always produce only good results?

Sacred Scripture

The danger of harming one’s own faith

Paul VI

The apostolate is under constant fire — obligation of the apostle to remain unaffected by errors
The imminent peril of becoming lost in the midst of the present transformations obliges one to deepen knowledge of the Church according to Scripture and Tradition

Pius XII

Even under the pretext of promoting unity one may not hide the truth

Pius XI

In order to attract the multitudes, the enemies of the Church invite Catholics to collaborate with them in the realms of 'humanitarianism', charity and peace

Pius IX

Christian charity demands that those separated from the Catholic Church be rescued from darkness and errors
Those who attract the imprudent friends of conciliation are more dangerous than declared enemies

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The simple faithful should not communicate With unbelievers for fear of their own perversion

IV- The serious duty of preaching the true doctrine regarding peace and its relation to God

Sacred Scripture

The serious duty of being entirely united to Our Lord Jesus Christ
Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!
How may one believe if no one preaches?
If the Word of God is not proclaimed, people will cease to hear the truth and be diverted to myths

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

The Church has the duty to ban error so that no one go astray

Pius X

Peace will only come about through the light of reason directed by the knowledge of divine
The gravest duty of the pastor is to instruct the faithful

Saint Gregory I, the Great

He who refuses to feed the flock of God does not love the Supreme Shepherd

John Paul II

Blurring the boundaries between the Church and the world constitutes a grave error
The constant temptation to seek an illusionary liberty outside of the truth


Keeping silence is proper to the coward and those who doubt the truth -— and it is injurious to God

Saint John Chrysostom

He who has the authority to teach, and does not, transgress the Law


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