DAY SEVEN – BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS,

FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED children OF gOD.

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?

 

What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.

When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.

WISDOM of the saints

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Opting for peace does not mean a passive acquiescence to evil or compromise of principle. It demands an active struggle against hatred, oppression, and disunity, but not by using methods of violence. Building peace requires creative and courageous action.

~ Pope St. John Paul II

 

SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP

Day 7: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Takeaway: You can be a peacemaker between people. You can also be a peacemaker between people and God by helping others understand Him more, and encouraging reconciliation with love.
Reflection: “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love.” -St. Francis of Assisi
Challenge: How can I bring peace to someone today?

Examples:

  1. When looking at your life, what areas are “out of order” simply to maintain a false peace? Stop being silent and gently lovingly speak the truth no matter the cost.
  2. Do you get offended by disagreements or differences of opinion? Listen completely to someone’s opinion and try to understand, but, speak the truth with gentleness and love.
  3. Pray that God will show you His Providential order for your life.

 

From the catechism

Deliberate hatred is contrary to charity. Hatred of the neighbor is a sin when one deliberately wishes him evil. Hatred of the neighbor is a grave sin when one deliberately desires him grave harm. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”

CCC 2303

Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the good of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is the “tranquility of order.” Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity (cf. Is 32:17). Earthly peace is the image and fruit of the peace of Christ, the messianic “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5). By the blood of his Cross, . . . he reconciled men with God and made his Church the sacrament of the unity of the human race and of its union with God.

CCC 2304-05

Let us Pray

O Father, Giver and Guardian of Peace,

Give me open eyes to see your providence, Keep gluttony far from my heart. Give me your wisdom. Never let em become absorbed in myself.

Help me to see the needs of those around me.

Come to me, Father, and bless me with greater charity and temperance. Bring me into your kingdom! Show me happiness.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.