— Ven. Fulton Sheen, Eternal Galilean
**This reflection was originally given to the novitiate community on Christmas Day, the pastor asked me to adapt and share it with the local parish for the World Day of Peace, and it was well received so I am sharing it here**
The Christmas season gives us the image of the angels heralding “Peace on earth!” Peace is ultimately why I believe we are here. In serving the Lord and responding to His call, we are bringing some semblance of peace to our restless hearts. As we look out into the world, how will we be called to participate in this mystery of peace?
Look to the Lord made flesh in the crib. As an infant he was least among us. But as we look to His life we see that He was not just vulnerable through the fact that he was a baby, in His whole life He was vulnerable. My brother novice, Nick asked us last week to contemplate the broken or “breakable” Christ, let us pray and discern how we are called to bring peace to the broken Christ hidden among us:
We think of Christ who was homeless, who not only had no place at the inn, but had no place to lay his head when he was a man. How will we bring peace to the homeless?
We think of Christ who was naked and hungry while laying in the manger, and who thirsted on the Cross. How will we bring peace to those who lack for clothing, food, and water in the world?
We think of Christ the child and the youth, who worked his trade under the eyes of St. Joseph, and studied reading and writing in the local place of learning. How will we bring peace to the children and young people in our schools, orphanages, and universities?
We think of Christ the refugee, who though on Christmas night is safe in the crib with his mother, will soon be forced to flee because of a fearful and jealous political figure. How will we bring peace to the refugees and immigrants of the world, both documented and undocumented?
We think of Christ the infant in the womb, who threw Mary and Joseph into the drama of the world’s first recorded crisis pregnancy. How will we bring peace to young women and their unborn children who find themselves in similar crises?
We think of Christ the stranger and the weary guest, whose feet were bathed in tears and anointed by the repentant woman at a dinner party. How will we bring peace to the strangers we encounter, and the guests who come to our door?
We think of Christ as he was abandoned by His friends and those He loved most dearly. How will we bring peace to those who are depressed, seemingly friendless, and alone?
We think of Christ the tortured one. How will we bring peace to those who are persecuted and work for justice in our world?
We think of Christ the condemned criminal, the Christ of death row. How will we bring peace to those in prison and those who are condemned to death at the hands of the State?
We are here because we seek the peace of Christ. We as Church are men and women of the restless heart, called to bring about peace on earth. Let us join the angels in proclaiming, “Pacem en Terris” not with our voices, but with our very lives. Let our restless hearts bring the peace of the birth Christ to all those who have broken hearts. And may peace reign on earth!
— Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi #82
— Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi #66
— Fulton Sheen, Eternal Galilean
“Part of Republicans’ problems and, frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement, I think have appeared too eager for war,” Paul said.
“When people come to me and they’re lobbying for ratcheting up some bellicose policy –- even if it’s a bad country — I tell them: When I read the New Testament, and when I read about Jesus, he wasn’t really involved in the war of his days,” the senator continued. “In fact, people rebuked him for not being the king they wanted; they wanted somebody to stand up to the Romans.”
Comments like these are likely to further irritate the war-hawkish elements of the Republican Party, such as Weekly Standard founder Kristol who called the senator a “dangerous” “neo-isolationist,” and Fox commentator Krauthammer who dismissed Paul’s civil liberties concerns as “absurd” and ridiculous.”
In what seems like a direct criticism of some of the practices contained within American foreign policy, the senator then said that “[Jesus] didn’t organize coalitions and guerrilla bands and arm them.”
He concluded: “Blessed are the peacemakers, not blessed are the warmakers.”
My friend Hosanna from high school is a spoken word artist and makes a living performing her art in christian churches. I think this video is fantastic for all Christians!
Give her a listen, she is awesome!
My favorite of the “Jesus Religion” response videos thanks to @EphremHipHop for finding it
Two doctors have reported that the alleged miracle contains heart tissue, as has been reported at other Eucharistic miracles around the world.
The “rationalists” are calling for a police investigation on a “murder” that “must have” happened if heart tissue was indeed found on the host.
Makes me smile and think “who are the rationalists now?” lol
When was the last time you heard a politician who was running on a platform of peace? Rather than a platform of more wars? When have you heard a politician using Christian Just-War Theory as being the foundation of his pro-peace views?
Check out the video from 4:10 on through, it is a much needed breath of fresh air in our political discourse.
”Every mother, when she picks up the young life that has been born to her, looks up to the heavens to thank God for the gift which made the world young again. But here was a mother, a madonna, who did not look up. She looked down to Heaven, for this was Heaven in her arms.” -Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Whenever they attend Mass there’s more than the physical congregation visibly around them there; they’re entering into a reality which is taking place in Heaven as well as here on earth.
Bishop Arthur Roche
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