In this lesson we explore how being a peacemaker is a mark of a moral life.Preview This Lesson
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Our Lady, Queen of Peace (Regina Pacis means Queen of Peace in Latin)
To understand the meaning of being a peacemaker, its necessary to understand what peace really is. To some, peace is simply ending a disagreement. This kind of peace, however, does not necessarily address any evil being done. Hitler and Mussolini made peace, and used it to commit genocide together. Authentic peace fixes the root evil of a problem. By fixing the root, enmity between people or nations is ended and the souls of those involved are rescued from sin.
Peace, as Saint Thomas Aquinas says, “Gives calm and unity to the appetite,” and “true peace is only about good things (Summa Theologica, II, 29, 2, reply to objs. 3 and 4).” The source of peace is charity, because when we love God and our neighbor we want to be in harmony with them. It is important to note, as Aquinas does, that peace does not mean uniformity of opinion. There is no problem with having different opinions than friends and family as long as the subject of the opinions does not have a serious impact on life. When the difference involves the Truths of the Faith, there is no true peace until those in error are reunited to the Faith.
To be a peacemaker, then, requires certain moral characteristics in order to fix the roots of evil and reconcile men to God and each other. The primary moral marks of the peacemaker are understanding and kindness.
Understanding: Understanding is the knowledge of a thing at its deepest level, or its core. Imagine an onion. The outer layer is basic knowledge: what you see. As you peel back the layers of the onion, the knowledge becomes less superficial. At the center of the onion is its “heart.” Getting to the heart of a thing is understanding.
If someone asked you, “What is a human being?” there are many different ways you could answer. You could point out that a human walks on two legs and gives birth to live children. You could say that a human is a creature that can think and make things. All of these points are true, but they don’t get to the heart of what a human being is. To help someone understand what a human being is, we must point out our creation in the Divine image and likeness. When a person understands this fact, our entire nature makes sense. We want love in our life because we were created from Love. We seek knowledge because our ultimate end is to be united to the source of all knowledge.
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