Day 7: Blessed are the Peacemakers
The campaign for peace is highlighted everywhere we go, but still we find the world in a storm of catastrophe. This is because peace is distorted in our secular society. Should we not instead imitate St. Gianna, who obtained peace by learning God’s Will through spiritual direction, submitting to God’s Will in her daily life, and ordering herself and her family to be, “living witnesses of the beauty and grandeur of Christianity.”
“‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they are the children of God.’ St. Augustine clarifies that ‘where there is no contention, there is perfect peace. And because nothing can contend against God, the children of God are peacemakers.’ The Peacemakers of God are the opposite of the peacemakers of the world, for the men of the world cry ‘peace peace when there is no peace.’ St. Augustine explains that ‘man is unable to rule over the lower things unless he in turn submits to the rule of a higher being. And this is the peace promised on earth to men of good will.’ God’s peace is only possible when everything is in its proper order and oriented to Him.”
- “St. Augustine On the Beatitudes,” by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
Let us ask St. Gianna to help bolster our resolve
to practice the Beatitudes in our daily lives.
Novena Prayer to St. Gianna
St. Gianna Beretta Molla,
Pray for us!