Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Peace - The Lessons of St. Francis

St. Francis is best known for his prayer of peace. Here's a link to my first post in which I quoted it:

Two other very good quotes by great thinkers of the past:

"If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed -- but hate these things inside yourself; not in another" --Gandhi

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." -- Jesus

"First keep peace within yourself; then you can also bring peace to others. -- Thomas Kempis

Suggestions to help you live Peace:

  • Consciously practice goodness, purity, and non-resistance - not reacting with anger when you are attacked or criticized. Francis said, "When we hear or see people speaking or doing evil or blaspheming God, we must say and do good, praising God..."
  • Be ready to respond in a conciliatory way when you find yourself in the middle of an argument or conflict
  • As God to give you peace when you are in a tense situation. Breath slowly, making each breath a prayer, meditate on the grace and love of God.

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