Peace Through Justice


From Michael Crosby’s The Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today: “I believe, as Pope Paul VI so eloquently declared, that “peace is the work of justice.” This means that, without right relationships among people at all levels, there will be no justice and, without right relationships in our families—at all levels, as Pope Francis said in his 2015 World Day of Peace Message, there will be no peace. This understanding is critical for our effort to develop a mystical stance of peace in a world marked by injustice at so many levels, whether it reflects the planetary crisis created by climate change or the wealth gap created by exploitation of people and the planet. This justice demands a nonviolent way that is neither based on “fight” nor “flight,” but an alternative form of engagement with restorative justice the goal of all broken relationships and unjust structures.”



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