PEACE VS. VIOLENCE

Love is Patient by Jen Norton

OFF THE CUFF Writing

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life!”  –Nicene Creed

On the heels of Pentecost across America, I sorrow for the destruction of communities embattled with violence against injustice.  In the tumult of rage against common sense, history repeats itself.  I believe that peace has to begin first in each heart no matter the circumstances.  Let us be reminded by those world leaders to stand for peace and justice in a non-violent manner.

“Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.”  —Martin Luther King

“Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism and intolerance.  But neither can it be built on vague liberal slogans and pious programs gestated in the smoke of confabulation.”  –Mahatma Gandhi

“The peace produced by grace is a spiritual stability too deep for violence — it is unshakeable.”  –Thomas Merton

Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.  Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.”  —Dalai Lama

“Do not fear those before whom you are now afraid; do not fear them, says the Lord, for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from their power.”  –Jeremiah 42:11

Come, Holy Spirit, trace with fire Love’s design.