Happy Independence Day America! Let freedom ring throughout our land,
let peace reign for one and all!
I’m taking a break from public writing today and instead share exerts from those who spread the words of peace, justice and mercy.
Peace among men is the will of God, the joy of Christ, the completion of holiness, the rule of justice, the teacher of truth, the guardian of morals and a praiseworthy discipline in every regard.
Peace lends strength to our prayers; it is the way our petitions can reach God easily and credited; it is the plenitude which fulfills our desires.
Peace is the mother of love, the bond of concord and manifest sign of a pure soul, one which seeks to please God, which seeks to be fulfilled and has its desire rewarded.
Peace must be preserved according to the Lord’s precepts, as Christ said: I leave you peace, my peace I give you, that is, as I left you in peace, in peace shall I find you. As Christ left the world, he wished to leave the gift he wanted to find when he returned.
Above text is an exert from a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus, 450, A.D.Doctor of the Church, found in the Liturgy of the Hours, Feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal.
“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet.
When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace,
and the hour of their death will be a happy one” (1541).
“(My daughter) Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will
come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have
recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the
Blood and Water which gushed forth for them.” (848)
Quotes from Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska
The industrial and social injustice of our era is the tragic aftermath of democracy’s overemphasis on freedom as the “right to do whatever you please.” No, freedom
means the right to do what you ought, and ought implies law, and law implies justice, and justice implies God. So too in war, a nation that fights for freedom divorced
from justice has no right to war, because it does not know why it wants to be free,
or why it wants anyone else to be free.
Fulton J. Sheen