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Peaceableness

5th Tuesday of Easter 2019 (readings)

Our Lord promised to give His peace to His apostles, and saluted them in today’s Gospel with the words, “Peace be with you.”

Peace is important, because all the good things in the world cannot please us if we are not at peace, for without peace we can enjoy nothing.

But what do we do to bring about Christ’s peace in the world? One way of doing this is by being peaceable ourselves. Being willing to make a sacrifice for the sake of remaining at peace with our neighbor, or even reconciling our self with them.

In the book of Genesis Abraham was content to take the worst portion of land in order to keep the peace with Lot’s servants. St. Francis de Sales was unjustly expelled from an inn when he was visiting Rome, but he left without a making a fuss or contacting the manager; the next night a hurricane destroyed that inn. St. Ignatius of Loyola, when returning from Palestine, was rudely refused passage in his first choice of ship; that vessel sank on its way back to Europe, while the ship Ignatius was on made it safely to harbor.

Many people are peaceable as long as no one interferes with them, and all goes in accordance with their own will; but the slightest contradiction irritates them terribly. Such people are like stagnant water, which is all well enough as long as it is left alone; but stir it up, and it emits a most unpleasant odor.

Being peaceable, then, requires the humility to accept things without quarrel, without making a fuss, because forgiveness and forbearance are better than contention and complaining.

My friends, peace is invaluable to mankind, and to spread that peace requires something of us. If we would see the world at peace, we must be peaceable ourselves.

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