Pope Francis in Santa Marta: to achieve peace and unity learn to "endure"

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Reflecting on the readings of the day, the pope listed three attitudes help to preserve unity and peace: humility, kindness and generosity.

'Can peace be achieved in the world with these three small things? Yes. On that path. Can one reach unity? Yes. St. Paul is practical, and he continues with very practical advice: endure each other in love.'

Pope Francis gave another piece of advice for unity: make peace soon and remember that Jesus always forgives.


(Source: Vatican News)

Today we are 'used to breathing the air of conflict'. Every day, on the TV and in newspapers, we hear about conflicts and wars 'one after the other', 'without peace, without unity”.  Agreements made to stop conflicts, he said, are ignored, thus the arms race and preparation for war and destruction go ahead.

Even world institutions created with the best of intentions for peace and unity, fail to come to an agreement because of a veto here and an interest there ...  While they are struggling to arrive at peace agreements, children have no food, no school, no education and hospitals because the war has destroyed everything.  

The Holy Father noted there is a tendency to destruction, war and disunity in us. It is the tendency that the devil, the enemy and destroyer of humanity sows in our hearts.  Referring to Paul the Pope said the Apostle teaches us that the journey of unity is, so to say, clad or “armoured' with the bond of peace.  Peace, he said, leads to unity.
The Pope urged Christians to open their hearts and make peace in the world taking the path of the “three little things”  - 'humility, gentleness and patience'.  He drew attention to the practical advice of Paul to “bear with one another in love'.  The Holy Father acknowledged it’s easy not as there is always a judgement, a condemnation which leads to separation and distances…

When a rift is created between members of the family, the devil is happy with the start of war.  The advice is then to bear with one another because we always have an excuse to be annoyed and impatient because we are all sinners with defects.  St. Paul, inspired by Jesus at the Last Supper who urged for “one body and one spirit”,  thus urges us to “preserve the unity of spirit through the bond of peace'.

The next step, is to see the horizon of peace with God, just as Jesus made us see the horizon of peace with prayer:  “Father, may they be one, as You and I are one'.  The Pope recalled the day’s Gospel of Luke where Jesus advises us to strike an agreement with our adversary along the way.  The Pope said it’s good advice, because 'it is not difficult to come to an agreement at the beginning of a conflict'.
The advice of Jesus is to settle the matter and make peace at the beginning, which calls for humility, gentleness and patience.  One can build peace throughout the world with these little things, which are the attitudes of Jesus who is humble, meek and forgives everything.  

The world, our families and our society need peace.  He invited Christians to start putting into practice humility, gentleness and patience saying this is the path to making peace and consolidating unity.

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