Monday, May 19, 2008

Peace -

For people who like peace and quiet: a phoneless cord.

Do your best and then sleep in peace. God is awake.

Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.

I was in Chelsea police station where I was charged with perjury and conspiracy to pervert public justice. I spent the next five hours alone in a police cell while waiting for the various formalities such as finger-printing and photographs. I used that time to pray, to meditate and to read all sixteen chapters of St Mark's Gospel, something I had long meant to do at one sitting. This should have been a time of deep despair. The worst day of my life. Not so. For I had such an overwhelming sense of God's presence in the cell with me that I was at peace. Jonathan Aitken in The Tablet. 12 June 1999

Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice. Corazon Aquino

Peace - In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Ambrose Bierce: Devil's Dictionary

Peace purchased at the cost of any part of our national integrity is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased for such a price it is a delusion, for it cannot last. - Wm. E. Borah

Peace will not be preserved by pious sentiments."Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price. --Benjamin Franklin

Do not let your peace depend on what people say of you, for whether they speak good or ill of you makes no difference to what you are. True peace and joy is to be found in Me alone. He who is neither anxious to please nor afraid to displease men enjoys true peace.
Thomas à Kempis'_The Imitation of Christ_ [c. 1420]: --Bk. 3, ch. 28: "Against Slander"

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart? Gerard Majella

We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God. THOMAS MERTON

Peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war.
John Milton To the Lord General Cromwell.
If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble -- THOMAS WATSON

1 comment:

mimi said...

Thanks for these, Graham. Our culture certainly needs good definitiion of peace and what it is and is not worth.