John Paul II Speaks

about Peace

"NO FORGIVENESS, NO PEACE"

No process of peace can ever begin unless an attitude of sincere forgiveness takes root in human hearts ... Offering and accepting forgiveness is the essential condition for making the journey towards authentic and lasting peace.

"AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE OF FORGIVENESS"

Forgiveness is inspired by the logic of love, that love which God has for every man and woman, for every people and nation, and for the whole human family ... God’s forgiveness becomes in our hearts an inexhaustible source of our forgiveness in our relationships with one another..

"A PRISONER OF THE PAST"

One cannot remain a prisoner of the past, for individuals and peoples need a sort of "healing of memories", so that past evils will not come back again ... The deadly cycle of revenge must be replaced by the new-found liberty of forgiveness.

"THE ONLY WAY OUT"

Lasting peace ... rests above all on the adoption of a style of human coexistence marked by mutual acceptance and a capacity to forgive from the heart. Asking and granting forgiveness is something profoundly worthy of man; sometimes it is the only way out of situations marked by age-old and violent hatred.

"THE LIBERATING ENCOUNTER WITH FORGIVENESS"

The liberating encounter with forgiveness, though fraught with difficulties, can be experienced even by a wounded heart, thanks to the healing power of love, which has its first source in God Who is love.

BAPTISM, RECONCILIATION, AND PEACE

Every baptized person must consider himself a "minister of reconciliation" since, having been reconciled with God and the brethren, he is called to build peace with the power of truth and justice.

1998 Presentation Ministries, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211, (513) 662-JESU