Father Stefan reflects on Pope Francis ‘Joy of the Gospel’ Social Dialogue as a Contribution to Peace

Pope Francis writes, “We must never forget that we are pilgrims journeying alongside one another. This means that we must have sincere trust in our fellow pilgrims, putting aside all suspicion or mistrust, and turn our gaze to what we all are seeking: the radiant peace of God’s face. Trusting others in an art, and peace is an art. Jesus told us: ‘Blessed are the the peacemakers.’ (Mt 5:9) In taking up this task also among ourselves, we fulfill the ancient prophecy: ‘They shall beat their swords into plowshares.’ (Is 2;4)…How many things unite us! if we really believe in the abundantly free working of the Holy Spirit, we can learn so much from one another.” 

Cardinal Ratzinger in his book, ‘What it Means to be a Christian’, writes, ” The Christian is the person who does not calculate, rather he does something extra. He is in fact the lover, who does not ask. ‘How much farther can I go and still remain withing the realm of venial sin, stopping short of mortal sin?’ Rather the Christian is the who seeks what is good without calculation.” 

A Christian is one who loves. The Christian knows they have been loved unconditionally by God. A Christian is one who lives by these words from St Paul, “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongs, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Cor 13; 8-14)



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