This Week’s Quotation:
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
~ Mother Teresa
Where Peace Begins
There are so many human efforts to bring peace to the world: disarmament conferences, peace vigils, demonstrations for peace, organizations devoted to peace, and even war as a means of supposedly bringing peace. But how simple, how personal, and how immediate Mother Teresa describes the way of peace. Just start by loving your own family and those in your home.
This is where peace begins: in my heart, in your heart, in the heart of the home. I’m reminded of the story of an eight-year-old boy who had just watched a television newscast. He wondered why there was so much war in the world and why wars started. Then he heard his parents arguing vehemently in the other room, and he had his answer.
Mother Teresa’s wisdom is also evident in another statement: It is much easier to conquer a country than to conquer ourselves. A leader of a country may try to subdue another country simply to compensate for the lack of peace within himself. The warlike tendencies within the psyche of a single individual are projected onto the world stage, causing so much suffering.
Peace is a byproduct of Love. Not just love for our human selves with all of their competing wants and desires. Higher Love, transcendent Love, self-Love, Love for interests and wellbeing of the Whole, not just a part, be it a human personality or a country. And the starting point is the home of my own being and the family of angelic beings surrounding me.
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We, the authors of this blog, dedicate it to the transparent exploration of the world’s sacred scripture and enlightened spiritual thought. We believe that the original inspiration of all faiths comes from a common source, named and revered in a myriad of ways. With that understanding, the innumerable symbols, beliefs, and practices of faith cease to divide. They become open windows to a common reality that inspires and unifies us. We find deeper insight and nourishment in our own faith and from the expression of faith from others.
We hope these weekly quotations and meditations speak to your heart and soul.