The Quotidian, July 23, 2010 ~ Peace

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 27, 1910 to September 5, 1997) [quoted in The Little Book of Peace, edited by Patricia J. Chui (2001), page 18].

If we want peace, first we have to strive to be at peace with ourselves. At that point we can begin to work for peace on behalf of all people and all nations.

“One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” – Peace Pilgrim (July 18, 1908 to July 7, 1981) [quoted in The Little Book of Peace, edited by Patricia J. Chui (2001), page 29].

Peace Pilgrim (born Mildred Lisette Norman) was an amazing woman; she was a pacifist and a peace activist. She dedicated her life to peace. When she began her pilgrimage on January 1, 1953, she had taken a vow to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” Peace Pilgrim was “crossing the United States for the 7th time when she was killed in a traffic accident while being driven to a speaking engagement.” [Wikipedia].

What are we called to do? What steps will we take for peace? 

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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