Pope Francis Teaches .....

Humility, gentleness and patience lead to peace

The path to peace in the world, in our societies and also in our families is that of humility, gentleness, and patience. Today we are used to breathing the air of conflict. Every day, we hear about conflicts and wars one after the other, without peace, without unity. Agreements made to stop conflicts 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.  

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. Peace leads to unity. I encourage all to adopt a behaviour that is worthy of "the call" that is received, with all humility, gentleness and patience.

We who are used to insulting and shouting at each other, need to make peace and unity among us with gentleness and patience.   

I urge Christians to open their hearts and make peace in the world - taking the path of the three little things - humility, gentleness and patience.

Agreement at the start

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. The next step is to see the horizon of peace with God, just as Jesus made us see the horizon of peace with prayer. 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. I invite Christians to start putting into practice humility, gentleness and patience because this is the path to making peace and consolidating unity. 

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