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September 15 2017 | ROME, ITALY

Let's open #pathsofpeace for Mindanao. Homily of Card. Quevedo at prayer with Sant'Egidio

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L'omelia del cardinale Quevedo (en) .

Luca 12, 49-53

Beloved Sisters and Brothers in the Lord :

We thank the Community of Sant’Egidio for organizing tonight’s Prayer for Peace in Mindanao.

Only yesterday we returned for International Meeting of Prayer for Peace in Münster-Osnabrück, also organized by the Sant’Egidio Community. In Muenster we discussed once again the horror of violence in the world.

Our world today is full of conflict and division. We are appalled by death and destruction in armed conflicts and wars  between ethnic groups because of race or religious beliefs. Violent religious extremists destroy churches, kidnap and kill. Thousands of political and economic refugees flee from their homelands without assurance of welcome in other shores. Poverty drives women, youth, and even children to human trafficking, abuse, and exploitation.

In my own country the Philippines, a relentless war is being waged against drugs. Thousands of suspected drug pushers are killed without due process. Ideological terrorists which continue to hold on to portions of a city that they had seized for political and religious reasons. Thousands of Muslims and Christians have fled their homes for safety. Others remain trapped and are in the hands of terrorists as hostages and human shields.

We hear the words of Jeremiah, “They cry peace, peace, but there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14).

And the words of Jesus seem to be a reality: “I have come to set the earth on fire…Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you but rather division” (Lk. 12:49,51).

In Muenster we discussed the “Paths of Peace”. We ask ourselves: where are the paths of peace? Do we seek them in balances of power? Do we seek them in the manufacture of nuclear arms? In nuclear deterrence? Do we seek them in signed peace agreements?

No, the Lord Jesus wants us to seek the path of peace elsewhere. Not the path of the sword of war, but of inner conversion. A sword that cuts into the heart and heals. A sword that transforms and converts the heart. Conversion to the Lord’s way of meekness and humility. Not pride or ambition that chooses so often the path of naked power and revenge.

The path of peace is in the heart, it starts from the heart, it is peace that reconciles one with God, with one’s family, with one’s neighbor and community. It is a peace that could divide a household, but without doubt it is peace of the heart that will bring ultimate harmony and tranquility.

Why is this so? Because peace in and of the heart is a peace that rejects the doing of evil and chooses the doing of good to others (see 1 Pt. 3:9,11; Ps. 34:14), despite hatreds, biases, prejudices, despite religious differences, racial or ethnic differences.

Such is the peace that Jesus speaks of, his peace that comes as a divine gift.

This is why we need to pray for peace -- and work for peace -- not alone but together, foes and friends alike. Together we have to be peacemakers, artisans of peace.

Jesus assured us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (Jn. 14:27).

Tonight we celebrate His peace. We request Lord to grant us His peace that the world cannot find. “He is our peace who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14).

May we follow his example of sacrifice and give of ourselves to others to seek and pursue Peace. As the Holy Father urged the people of Colombia to do: “Let us take the first step on the path of peace” (September 7, 2017).

May Mary our Mother, the Queen of Peace, be our companion. Amen.

Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I
Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines
Evening Prayer, Sant’ Egidio Community
Rome, September 14, 2017


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