Chapter 3: In the Light of the Master

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

This beatitude makes us think of the many endless situations of war in our world. Yet we ourselves are often a cause of conflict or at least misunderstanding. For example, I may hear something about someone and I go off and repeat it. I may even embellish it the second time around and keep spreading it… The world of gossip…does not bring peace. Such people are really enemies of peace…

Peacemakers truly “make” peace; they build peace and friendship in society… The word of God exhorts every believer to work for peace… And if there are times in our community when we question what ought to be done, “let us pursue what makes for peace.”

It is not easy to “make” this evangelical peace… It is hard work: it calls for great openness of mind and heart…it must “face conflict head-on, resolve it and make it a link in the chain of a new process.”We need to be artisans of peace, for building peace is a craft that demands serenity, creativity, sensitivity and skill. Sowing peace all around us: That is holiness.