Where there is discord, I may bring harmony

 


 

 

Where there is discord, I may bring harmony

 

 

While we have walked in silence, we have reflected on the path our human family treads: either in hostility, if we fail to accept one another in love; or as a common journey to our lofty destiny, if we realize that other people are our brothers and sisters. ... Either we learn to walk together in peace and harmony, or we drift apart and ruin ourselves and others.

(Address of John Paul ii to the representatives of the christian churches and ecclesial communities and of the world religions, Basilica of Saint Francis, 27 November1986)

 

 

It is the duty of every person of good will, and especially of every believer, to help build a peaceful society and to overcome the temptation towards aggressive and futile confrontation between different cultures and ethnic groups. Each of the world’s peoples has a responsibility to make its own particular contribution to peace and harmony by placing its spiritual and cultural heritage and its ethical values at the service of the human family throughout the world. This goal can only be achieved if at the heart of the economic, social and cultural development of each community is a proper respect for life and for the dignity of every human person. 

(Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Cardinal Walter Kasper on the Occasion of the Second Conference on Peace and Tolerance organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) 

 

 

What is our response, as Christian witnesses, to a divided and fragmented world? How can we offer the hope of peace, healing and harmony to those “stations” of conflict, suffering, and tension through which you have chosen to march with this World Youth Day Cross? Unity and reconciliation cannot be achieved through our efforts alone. God has made us for one another (cf.Gen 2:24) and only in God and his Church can we find the unity we seek.

(Vigil with the Young People address of his Holiness Benedict XVI Randwick Racecourse, 19 July 2008)

 

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WEEK 1 


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Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Romans 12:16)


My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. (James 2:1–6)



 

 

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“Once my brother in Palermo told me this: one day he went to a hospital run by nuns, and as he was sitting there a rich man came in. A sister went to him and spoke to him so politely and sweetly and soon she gave him what he wanted and sent him away. After awhile a poor man came in and that same sister spoke so harshly to him and made him sit down in one corner. He sat and waited. My brother went to that sister and asked this one question, ‘Sister, why are you saying a lie to Jesus?’ She understood.”

 

“Be very careful not to allow partialities to spoil the beautiful work of love God has entrusted to us — giving in to likes and dislikes, treating differently people of different caste or creed. This could easily happen if we do not pray the work, doing it with Jesus, to Jesus and for Jesus. Only then the aim of our apostolate will be “to reveal and to communicate God’s life to all men” of whatever race, caste or creed. Also if you allow this partiality attitude to affect your dealings with the poor, it will also show itself in your dealings with your sisters in community and be a cause of much disunity.”

 

“Bring them that respect because for me whatever is done for the poor—it is not to deprive them so much of food, but to deprive them of that dignity of the child of God, of the dignity that they too are my brother, my sister and this is what today our poor people suffer most.  So let us pray that the good God will give us the grace to know the poor so that we can love them and if we really them, that we will do something for them.”

 

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WEEK 2

 

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Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

(1 Peter 3:8-9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Each time people come into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God's love. By our living and working together as God's family, we proclaim that unity in the Church, as well as by working with all people, serving all people, of any religion, colour, caste or race.”

 

“Be one heart full of love in the Heart of Jesus through Mary.  Love one another as Jesus and Mother loves. – Love Jesus in the poor with a tender compassionate love.– To be able to do that you need the humility of Mary, and so often say – ‘Mary Mother of Jesus obtain for me the grace to be humble like you so that I can become holy like Jesus’.”

How striking also—that man, when he slapped Jesus. That's why Jesus said,

 

“Turn the other cheek also” instead of saying, “Whenever someone slaps you, slap him back.” This is the only time He asked, “Why did you slap me?” How often we resent when someone hurts us—that kind of slap. But we don't question, we give back. That is where I must see Jesus. Love begins [or] love ends. There are only two ways: Either we love—and love in action is service—or we put hatred into action and destroy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

 

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…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (Jn. 17:21)

 

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Cor. 1:10)

 

"Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Mt. 12:25)

 

 

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“The last prayer of Jesus — ‘That they may be one’— that oneness which people now do not experience, which sin has completely destroyed. Jesus makes us one; let us be united in Jesus. It is good to ask yourself that question: what am I doing for that unity in my community? Am I the cause of disunity? Get the answer in front of Jesus. In that picture of Jesus which I gave to each one of you, it is written: ‘I looked for one to console me and I found none.’ And Mother wrote, ‘Be the one.’ Really try to be that one. Jesus, in His life we see that He was in need of the community. See even during His earthly life He came into the family of Nazareth, to Mary and Joseph—from the very beginning of His earthly life, He came into the family of Nazareth. He felt the need of community during His public life. He chose the apostles to be His community, His intimate friends. See during His Passion, He took them apart to be with Him. Even in heaven He will find the community of the Trinity. … Those habits that break the peace of the community, get rid of them.”

 

“Throughout the world there is so much disunion and suffering in families….Let us in a special way make our communities loving and united families and so overcome this disunity and lack of love. Love begins at home. Everything depends on how we love each other. Make your communities to be families of love and then you can spread the fragrance of this love everywhere you go, to all the families you visit and with whom you come in contact.”

 

“We must be able to live in peace and joy and unity. How? Have respect for each other. If God chose me, He chose you. If He loves me, He loves you. If He trusts me, He trusts you. Never use ugly words for each other. Don’t try to see what is bad. Find out what is nice in each other. Pope Paul [VI] tried to find what is best in each one. Maybe I’m so jealous. She has something I don’t have. Jealousy is [a] cruel matter. It breaks community. Deep rooted pride. ….This is something I beg of you, have deep trust and respect for each other. First of all, that respect, respect each other. I used to bow to Jesus in the heart of the person.”

 

 “Looking at the terrible suffering & fruit of war—same thing, I was thinking, can happen through uncharitable words & actions.— We do not destroy buildings—but we destroy the very heart of love, peace and unity and so break the beautiful building, our Society—which was built with so much love by Our Lady.”

 

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WEEK 4

 

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How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

(Psalm 133:1)

 

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,

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“Let us love each other as we love Jesus. In Nazareth, there was love, unity, prayer, sacrifice and hard work and there was especially a deep understanding and appreciation of each other and thoughtfulness for each other.”

 

 “As our Society keeps growing naturally there is a danger of that beautiful spirit of family diminishing, but it is for each one of us to protect it and make the life of love and unity, of humility and service live and bring much fruit in each one of us and in the people we serve. The means to protect this family spirit of love and unity is spiritual life, we must be able to uplift each other and through good example of a life of prayer and union with God encourage and help [each other] to remain faithful to our vocation.”

 

“… look beyond—look up and see only Jesus and there will be peace, joy, love, otherwise we will be burdened. Have that deep respect for each other, …. What you have I do not have, [what] I can do, you cannot do, but together we do something beautiful for God. If we want a holy Society we must need each other. … We need a clean heart to see God in each other—revealing to each other what? That God loves me.

 

 

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WEEK 5

 

 

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Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

 

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15)



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“We must be really holy to obtain grace for all the evil in the world. Many groups are trying to bring peace back in the world. How to bring people together? Let us bring in their souls peace, unity, and love.”

 

Dear President George Bush and President Saddam Hussein,
I come to you with tears in my eyes and God’s love in my heart to plead to you for the poor and those who will become poor if the war that we all dread and fear happens. I beg you with my whole heart to work for, to labour for God’s peace and to be reconciled with one another.
You both have your cases to make and your people to care for, but first please listen to the One who came into the world to teach us peace. You have the power and the strength to destroy God’s presence and image, His men, His women, and His children. Please listen to the will of God. God has created us to be loved by His love and not to be destroyed by our hatred.
In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread, but that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life which your weapons will cause.
I come to you in the name of God, the God that we all love and share, to beg for the innocent ones, our poor of the world and those who will become poor because of war. They are the ones who will suffer most because they have no means of escape. I plead on bended knee for them. They will suffer and when they do, we will be the ones who are guilty for not having done all in our power to protect and love them. I plead to you for those who will be left orphaned, widowed, and left alone because their parents, husbands, brothers and children have been killed. I beg you please save them. I plead for those who will be left with disability and disfigurement. They are God’s children. I plead for those who will be left with no home, no food and no love. Please think of them as being your children. Finally, I plead for those who will have the most precious thing that God can give us, life, taken away from them. I beg you to save our brothers and sisters, yours and ours, because they are given to us by God to love and to cherish. It is not for us to destroy what God has given to us. Please, please let your mind and your will become the mind and will of God. You have the power to bring war into the world or to build peace. PLEASE CHOOSE THE WAY OF PEACE.
I, my sisters and our poor are praying for you so much. The whole world is praying that you will open your hearts in love to God. You may win the war, but what will the cost be on people who are broken, disabled and lost.
I appeal to you—to your love, your love of God and your fellowmen. In the name of God and in the name of those you will make poor, do not destroy life and peace. Let love and peace triumph and let your names be remembered for the good you have done, the joy you have spread and the love you have shared. (Come be My Light, p. 315-317)

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 


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Additional passages for reflection:

 

Ephesians 4:3

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

 

Proverbs 26:21

As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 

 

Colossians 3:13-15

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful 

 

1 Corinthians 3:3

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 

 

 

Galatians 5:19-21

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  

 

 

Genesis 13:5-12

Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time. So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left." Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.

 

 

2 Timothy 2:14

Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 

 

Proverbs 17:1

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. 

 

Proverbs 18:6

A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. 

 

Proverbs 22:9-11

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended. He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend. 

 

 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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