peace reflection

Our love is not to be just
words or mere talk,
but something real and active.
1 John 3:18
“If you want peace, work for
Pope Paul VI
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of
Matthew 5:9
“ Peace requires justice
but is also made possible
by love.”
(CCC n 2304)
“Our work for peace must begin within
the private world of each one of us.
To build for humanity a world without
fear, we must be without fear.
To build a world of justice, we must be
Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary General, 1953-61
“Peace is not merely the
absence of war…Instead, it is
rightly and appropriately called
an enterprise of justice.”
Gaudium et Spes 1965, 78
“There is no peace without
fairness, truth, justice and
John Paul II
“Our heart cannot be at peace
while we see our brothers and
sisters suffering...”
Pope Benedict XVI
Let us promise to make peace
not just a priority, but a passion.
Let us pledge to do more,
wherever we are in whatever way
we can, to make every day a day
of peace.”
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
“Peace is not the product of
terror or fear
Peace is not the silence of
Peace is not the silence of
violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil
contribution of all to the good of
Peace is Dynamism. Peace is
It is right and duty.”
Oscar Romero
“Lord make me an instrument of
your Peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow
Where there is injury; pardon
Where there is doubt;
Where there is despair; hope
Where there is darkness; light
Where there is sadness; joy.
Prayer of St Francis
Christians are called
to be people who
“act justly,
love mercy
and walk humbly
with our God.”
(Micah 6:8)
“Overcoming poverty is not a
gesture of charity,
it is an act of justice.”
Nelson Mandela
“To reach peace,
teach peace.”
Pope John Paul II
World Day of Peace Message, 1979
“Peace for all is the fruit of
justice for all.”
Pope Benedict XVI
World Day of Peace Message, 2012, 5
“Stability and peace in our land
will not come from the barrel of a
gun, because peace without
justice is an impossibility.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Picture credits
Sean Sprague
Maya Haviland
Richard Wainwright
Caritas Australia
David Snyder/CRS
Mathias Heng