In ‘Peace: the Work of Justice and Love …’ Saint Pope John Paul II insists that “true peace is the fruit of justice;” and, forgiveness is the opposite of resentment and revenge, not of justice;’ that, nonetheless, “true peace is ‘the work of justice’’”(Isaiah 32:17).
Real and sustainable peace begins in the mind and heart, in the will and soul because peace arises out of genuine appreciation and respect for the other. Peace is a conscious decision to improve relations and to do everything possible to overcome tensions and misunderstandings; and, if possible, even to become friends. Peace is the fruit of love. It is give-and-take, a dance with life, for life. (Page 26; Kindle Locations 356-358).
The sweet aroma of peace is in the air, all around us. A clear majority on all sides of the Divide wants peace. Are the politicians just stumbling over their own hurdles? Is a movement toward peace solely about real estate, jobs, position, or status; power and money? Or, should it be about humanity, community, and the public interest.
Do the people in Israel-Palestine have the moral courage to dare go beyond their ‘I-sight’ to allow them to imagine a moral path with a ‘we-sight,’ reinforced with hindsight, insight and foresight ( adapted from Civil Rights Icon Ms. Ruby Sales during an interview with Krista Tippett of On Being )?
Can they, will they rid themselves of the hurdles, real or imagined? (Page 20-21; Kindle Locations 241-245).
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