d) Peace and Love

peacePeace and Love: Top Quotes At-A-Glance

(The full quotes and sources of the quotes are below these)
Last Updated 8th January 2021.

  1. “When I submit to the holy will of my God, a deep peace floods my soul.” (Saint Faustina Kowalska)
  2. “Inner peace comes from knowing that one is loved by God and from the desire to respond to his love.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  3. “The Lord’s will is still my peace.” (Pope John XXIII)
  4. “If you are constant in daily prayer and in the Sunday celebration of Mass, your love for Jesus will increase.
    And your heart will know deep joy and peace, such as the world could never give.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  5. “Saints always have joy in their faces. Or at least, amid suffering, a face of peace….
    To have this Christian joy,
    first, is prayer;
    second, to give thanks…
    Third, let us think where I can go to bring a little relief, a little peace, to those who suffer.” (Pope Francis)
  6. “Selfishness makes people deaf and dumb; love opens eyes and hearts.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  7. “Love is the force that opens hearts to the word of Jesus.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  8. “If we do not participate intimately in love, our life is meaningless.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  9. “God’s love can totally transform the world.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  10. “Peace is a gift of God; but men and women must first accept this gift in order to build a peaceful world. People can do this only if they have a childlike simplicity of heart.” (Pope John-Paul II)
  11. “Peace will be but an empty-sounding word unless it is founded on… truth, built according to justice, vivified and integrated by charity, and put into practice in freedom.” (Pope John XXIII)
  12. “… build peace through dialogue, negotiation and forgiveness. I urge you, then, to seek what unites you, beginning with the fact that you belong to one and the same people, and to overcome all that divides you. People are wearied, exhausted by past conflicts: remember that with war, all is lost!” (Pope Francis)
  13. “Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.” (Pope Francis)
  14. “The pillars of true peace are justice and that form of love which is forgiveness.” (Pope John-Paul II)

Peace and Love: Full quotes, more quotes, and sources of all quotes:

“When I submit to the holy will of my God,
a deep peace floods my soul.”

— Saint Faustina Kowalska (as quoted on page 93 in the July 2012 ‘Magnificat’)

“Inner peace comes from knowing that one is loved by God and from the desire to respond to his love.”

— Pope John-Paul II, as quoted in “Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words”, 1998, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, page 21, with the sub-heading “‘Women: Teachers of Peace’, 1995”.

“The Lord’s will is still my peace.”

— Pope John XXIII, “Good Pope John”, in his “notes and jottings” during a retreat 15–21 May 1953, as published in his autobiography ‘Journal of a Soul‘ revised edition 1980 by Geoffrey Palmer of London and NY, page 306

“If you are constant in daily prayer and in the Sunday celebration of Mass, your love for Jesus will increase. And your heart will know deep joy and peace, such as the world could never give.”

— Pope John-Paul II, as quoted in “Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words”, 1998, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, page 14, with the sub-heading “‘Meeting with Youth, New Orleans, 1987”.

“It is harmful to find Christians with embittered faces, with a face wry with bitterness, not in peace. Never, never was there a saint with a mournful face, never! Saints always have joy in their faces. Or at least, amid suffering, a face of peace. The greatest suffering, the martyrdom of Jesus: He always had peace in his face and was concerned about others: his mother, John, the thief… his concern was for others.

To have this Christian joy, first, is prayer; second, to give thanks… Third, let us think where I can go to bring a little relief, a little peace, to those who suffer…. This is the vocation of Christ and the vocation of Christians as well. To go to others, to those in need, whether their needs be material or spiritual…. Many people who suffer anxiety because of family problems…. To bring peace there, to bring the unction of Jesus, the oil of Jesus which does so much good and consoles souls.

Pray, give thanks, and help others.”

— Pope Francis in a great, mostly extremely ‘plain English’ homily on a visit to a parish in Rome 14th December 2014 (note: unction is defined as ‘something soothing or comforting’ and ‘the shedding of a divine or spiritual influence on a person’)

“Selfishness makes people deaf and dumb; love opens eyes and hearts.”

— Pope John-Paul II, as quoted in “Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words”, 1998, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, page 23, with the sub-heading “‘Message for World Youth Day, 1996”.

“Love is the force that opens hearts to the word of Jesus and to his Redemption; … love is the only driving force that impels us to share with our brothers and sisters all that we are and all that we have.”

— Pope John-Paul II, as quoted in “Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words”, 1998, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, page 22, with the sub-heading “‘Homily at Grant Park, Chicago, 1979”.

“We cannot live without love. If we do not encounter love, if we do not experience it and make it our own, and if we do not participate intimately in it, our life is meaningless.”

— Pope John-Paul II, as quoted in “Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words”, 1998, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, page 22, with the sub-heading “‘Message to Religious Women, Washington, D.C. , 1979”.

“Love can overcome great obstacles, and God’s love can totally transform the world.”

— Pope John-Paul II, as quoted in “Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words”, 1998, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, page 21, with the sub-heading “‘Meeting with Charities, San Antonio, 1987”.

“Peace is a gift of God; but men and women must first accept this gift in order to build a peaceful world. People can do this only if they have a childlike simplicity of heart.”

— Pope John-Paul II, ‘Message for World Day of Peace’ 1996 (as quoted in ‘John Paul II: In My Own Words’, 1998, London: Hodder & Stoughton, page 47)

“Peace will be but an empty-sounding word unless it is founded on… truth, built according to justice, vivified and integrated by charity, and put into practice in freedom.”

— Pope John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris

“Dear brothers and sisters, peace is possible. I shall never tire of repeating this: peace is possible! Yet this great gift of God is at the same time a supreme duty on the part of those with responsibility for the people. We Christians believe and know that peace is possible, for Christ is risen. He has overcome evil with good. He has assured his disciples of the victory of peace over everything that fans the flames of war: pride, greed, the lust for power, self-interest, lies and hypocrisy (cf. Homily at the Prayer for Peace in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 November 2017).

It is my prayerful hope that all of us will take up our lofty calling to be peacemakers, striving in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity with every member of our people, a spirit that is noble, upright, strong and courageous, to build peace through dialogue, negotiation and forgiveness. I urge you, then, to seek what unites you, beginning with the fact that you belong to one and the same people, and to overcome all that divides you. People are wearied, exhausted by past conflicts: remember that with war, all is lost! Your people today are yearning for a better future, which can only come about through reconciliation and peace.”

— Pope Francis speaking to leaders from South Sudan involved in peace talks

“We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.”

— Pope Francis in a meeting with the President of Israel and the President of Palestine in the Vatican Gardens

“The enormous suffering of peoples and individuals, even among my own friends and acquaintances, caused by Nazi and Communist totalitarianism, has never been far from my thoughts and prayers. I have often paused to reflect on the persistent question: how do we restore the moral and social order subjected to such horrific violence? My reasoned conviction, confirmed in turn by biblical revelation, is that the shattered order cannot be fully restored except by a response that combines justice with forgivenessThe pillars of true peace are justice and that form of love which is forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the opposite of resentment and revenge, not of justice. In fact, true peace is “the work of justice” (Is 32:17). As the Second Vatican Council put it, peace is “the fruit of that right ordering of things with which the divine founder has invested human society and which must be actualized by man thirsting for an ever more perfect reign of justice” (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, 78). For more than fifteen hundred years, the Catholic Church has repeated the teaching of Saint Augustine of Hippo on this point. He reminds us that the peace which can and must be built in this world is the peace of right order—tranquillitas ordinis, the tranquillity of order (cf. De Civitate Dei, 19,13).”

— Pope John-Paul II, in his Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, 1 January 2002, entitled ‘No Peace without Justice, No Justice without Forgiveness’ (downloaded 6th January 2021) http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/messages/peace/documents/hf_jp-ii_mes_20011211_xxxv-world-day-for-peace.html

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