Stop the Cycle of Violence

Posted by Albert Haase on Aug 14, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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To be an instrument of peace means being a peacekeeper who is willing to look beyond “me” and stop the plague of retaliation that creeps into the field of the soul. As Jesus says, “But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” (Matthew 5:39). Following the Divine Master’s example on Calvary, we absorb the violence and pain inflicted upon us. We refuse to continue the vicious cycle of violence by striking back, retaliating or seeking revenge. In doing so, we move beyond “me” to “thee” as the internal pain we experience becomes a tributary of external peace for others.

—from Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

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