BE TO YOU...
One of the foremost concerns in our world today, as it has been throughout history, is the
desire for peace. It would seem that in all times, and in every age, the deep longing of
man for peace stands out in sharp contrast to the frequent struggles and wars in which
mankind has been steeped, ever since that first tragic fall of Adam and Eve.
And this longing for peace--is it not in reality a longing for Him Who created us? A
longing to overcome the conflict between the spirit and the flesh which can be consummated
only through complete union with Him Who is our beginning, our sustenance, and our end?
The word peace seems to hold varied and different meanings, according to the
diversity of prevalent philosophies. To some, 'peace' signifies only freedom from military
or political warfare; to others, 'peace' is a material security to be sought,
regardless of the cost or compromise of principle.
And to yet others, peace is not an external commodity to be purchased at any price; it is
rather something that exists in the heart and soul and mind of a man--something to be
achieved, not by freedom from the restraints and disciplines of inherent necessity, but
rather by the total submission of one's own will to the Divine Will.
In every part of our world we see diverse and multiple efforts being made in the pursuit
of "peace." Some place their hope for peace solely in the summit meetings of
international politicians. Others look to the counter threat of military weapons as the
sole maintainer of peace. Then there are those who, believing the mortal body to be more
important than the immortal soul, prefer the 'peace' of submission to the slavery of
Communism, world Socialism, or even Islamic tyranny, rather than the conflict necessary to
And still others, remembering the words of God's Holy Mother, that "Wars are a
punishment for sin," look to the Peace Plan from Heaven, given to mankind in
l9l7, and heed that holy Lady's pleas, by living a life of prayer, amendment of life,
penance, and consecration, in reparation for the sins of the modern world.
During this holy season, the true meaning of peace is made vivid by the Babe of
Bethlehem. For to those who know the secret of true peace, the trials, conflicts
and pains of our imperfect world are but a means by which to earn the very goal of their
existence. For these, who seek to become "as little children"; for these, who
have embraced the pain and sufferings of daily life, and taken up their cross in imitation
of their crucified Savior, rather than the material "peace" which compromise
would afford; for these who have relegated material pursuits and concerns to a place
properly subordinate to the spiritual pursuits of their immortal souls; for these there is
PEACE, the true peace of the Babe in the manger, and it reigns eternal in their
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