Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

Mt 5:9

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Whither peace?  From a peaceful heart.  But whither a peaceful heart?

Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount that peacemakers are called “the Children of God.”  A peaceful heart is from God.  In our relationship with God we find a peaceful heart.

I am reading Czeslaw Milosz’s The Captive Mind (winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953) and British historian Paul Johnson’s Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties.

Milosz writes of his life experience in Communist Poland in 1945-46 and Johnson describes Lenin’s violent coup in Russia at the beginning of the last century and the terror, destruction, enslavement and mass murders that followed.

In each book, one gets a very real look at the Left and its ways.  They are far from benign, far from liberty or democracy, far from faith and religion, and far, far from peace.

You realize in these accounts that for the Left, no matter where they appear, a peaceful heart is the enemy and conflict and iron rule is habitual.

Seeking peace is an individual matter, a task each one must pursue.  It is not our privilege to sit back and have another (person or institution) deliver peace to us. We must engage peace within to realize it without.

Peace as an individual proposition makes, for the Left, the individual the enemy; better, they “reason,” to extinguish the individual, and liberty that safeguards the individual.

To gain peace a person must overcome fear, and anger, and frustration.  It helps, of course, to live in a culture that preserves freedom and makes a valued place for faith and religious practices.  There is simply no peace without a peaceful heart and no peaceful heart without God.

Those who advance antagonism and division among people, and the Left does this everywhere it appears, prefer conflict to peace; endless division is their way.  They are the body of “no peace, no God, no liberty.”

A peaceful person does not kill others with his thoughts.  A peaceful one is calm, and keeps a distance from what disturbs the calm that comes from love and understanding.

Population density makes peace harder to know; for in the crush of people, peace is tried and many are wanton.

Solitude and silence and soft voices advance peace.  Likewise, contemplation and meditation advance the peaceful heart.  Beauty is the kin of peace; seek what is beautiful in art and music, in nature, in friendship and in family.

Time with God brings peace.

God with us in the Christ child beckons us to peace, to the peaceful heart.

Seek God.  Seek Christ.  Sustain both God and Christ in culture and in life.

Shalom.

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