Peace is our work: it calls for our courageous and united action. But it is
inseparably and above all a gift of God. It requires our prayer. Christians
must be in the first rank of those who pray daily for peace. They must also teach
others to pray for peace. It will be their joy to pray with Jesus, Prince of
To everyone, Christians, believers, and men and women of good will, I
say: Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace. The aspiration
for peace will not be disappointed for ever.
Work for peace, inspired by
charity which does not pass away, will produce its fruits.
Peace will be the last
word of History
Truth: Let There be Many Windows in Your Soul
He who would enter into the realm of wisdom must first divest himself of all
intellectual pride. He must become as a little child. Prejudices, preconceived
opinions, and beliefs always stand in the way of true wisdom. Conceited
opinions are always suicidal in their influences. They bar the door to the entrance
All about us we see men in the religious world, in the world of
science, in the political, in the social world, who through intellectual pride
are so wrapped in their own conceits and prejudices that larger and later
revelations of truth can find no entrance to them; and instead of growing and
expanding, they are becoming dwarfed and stunted, and still more incapable of
receiving truth. Instead of actively aiding in the progress of the world, they are
as so many dead sticks in the way that would retard the wheels of progress.
This, however, they can never do. Such always in time get bruised, broken, and
left behind, while God's triumphal car of truth moves steadily onward.
When the steam engine was still being experimented with, and before it was
perfected sufficiently to come into practical use, a well-known Englishman --
well known then in scientific circles -- wrote an extended pamphlet proving that
it would be impossible for it ever to be used in ocean navigation, that is,
in a trip involving the crossing of the ocean, because it would be utterly
impossible for any vessel to carry with it sufficient coal for the use of its
furnace. And the interesting feature of the whole matter was that the very first
steam vessel that made the trip from England to America, had among its cargo a
part of the first edition of this carefully prepared pamphlet. There was only
the one edition. Many editions might be sold now.
This seems indeed an amusing
fact; but far more amusing is the man who voluntarily closes himself to truth
because, forsooth, it does not come through conventional, or orthodox, or
heretofore accepted channels; or because it may not be in full accord with, or
possibly may be opposed to, established usages or beliefs.
On the contrary :--
"Let there be many windows in your soul, that all the glory of the universe
may beautify it. Not the narrow pane of one poor creed can catch the radiant
rays that shine from countless sources.
Tear away the blinds of superstition:
let the light pour through fair windows, broad as truth itself, and high as
heaven. . . .
Tune your ear to all the wordless music of the stars and to the voice of Nature, and your heart shall turn to truth and goodness as the plant
turns to the sun.
A thousand unseen hands reach down to help you to their
peace-crowned heights, and all the forces of the firmament shall fortify your
Be not afraid to thrust aside half-truths and grasp the whole.
There is a great law in connection with the coming of truth. It is this:
Whenever a man or a woman shuts himself or herself to the entrance of truth on
account of intellectual pride, preconceived opinions, prejudices, or for whatever
reason, there is a great law which says that truth in its fullness will come
to that one from no source. And on the other hand, when a man or a woman opens
himself or herself fully to the entrance of truth from whatever source it may
come, there is an equally great law which says that truth will flow in to him
or to her from all sources, from all quarters. Such becomes the free man, the
free woman, for it is the truth that makes us free. The other remains in
bondage, for truth has had no invitation and will not enter where it is not fully
and freely welcomed.
And where truth is denied entrance, the rich blessings it carries with it
cannot take up their abode. On the contrary, when this is the case, it sends an
envoy carrying with it atrophy, disease, death, physically and spiritually as
well as intellectually.
And the man who would rob another of his free and
unfettered search for truth, who would stand as the interpreter of truth for another,
with the intent of remaining in this position, rather than endeavoring to lead
him to the place where he can be his own interpreter, is more to be shunned
than a thief and a robber. The injury he works is far greater, for he is doing
direct and positive injury to the very life of the one he thus holds.
Who has ever appointed any man, whoever he may be, as the keeper, the
custodian, the dispenser of God's illimitable truth? Many indeed are moved and so are
called to be teachers of truth; but the true teacher will never stand as the
interpreter of truth for another. The true teacher is the one whose endeavor
is to bring the one he teaches to a true knowledge of himself and hence of his
own interior powers, that he may become his own interpreter. All others are,
generally speaking, those animated by purely personal motives,
self-aggrandizement, or personal gain. Moreover, he who would claim to have all truth and the
only truth, is a bigot, a fool, or a knave.
A deep interior meaning underlies the great truth, "To be spiritually minded
is life and peace." To recognize the fact that we are spirit, and to live in
this thought, is to be spiritually minded, and so to be in harmony and peace.
Oh, the thousands of men and women all about us weary with care, troubled and
ill at ease, running hither and thither to find peace, weary in body, soul,
and mind; going to other countries, traveling the world over, coming back, and
still not finding it. Of course they have not found it and they never will find
it in this way, because they are looking for it where it is not. They are
looking for it without when they should look within. Peace is to be found only
within, and unless one find it there he will never find it at all.
Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul. We may
travel over many different avenues in pursuit of it, we may seek it through the
channels of the bodily appetites and passions, we may seek it through all the
channels of the external, we may chase for it hither and thither, but it will
always be just beyond our grasp, because we are searching for it where it is
not. In the degree, however, that we order the bodily appetites and passions
in accordance with the promptings of the soul within will the higher forms of
happiness and peace enter our lives; but in the degree that we fail in doing
this will disease, suffering, and discontent enter in.
To be at one with God is to be at peace. The child simplicity is the greatest
agency in bringing this full and complete realization, the child simplicity
that recognizes its true relations with the Father's life.
There are people I
know who have come into such a conscious realization of their oneness with this
Infinite Life, this Spirit of Infinite Peace, that their lives are fairly
bubbling over with joy. I have particularly in mind at this moment a
comparatively young man who was an invalid for several years, his health completely broken
with nervous exhaustion, who thought there was nothing in life worth living
for, to whom everything and everybody presented a gloomy aspect and he in turn
presented a gloomy aspect to all with whom he came in contact. Not long ago he
came into such a vital realization of his oneness with this Infinite Power,
he opened himself so completely to its divine inflow, that today he is in
perfect health, and frequently as I meet him now he cannot resist the impulse to
cry out, "Oh, it is a joy to be alive."
Prayer for Peace
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My
peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and
deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God,
world without end.
Source: Lou Sanders