Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem

Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind. ~ The Prophet Mohammed

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. ~ Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ, 1420

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will finally know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix, musician & singer (1942 - 1970)

Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source of both inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species. ~ The Dalai Lama

Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. ~ Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defence of peace must be constructed. ~ UNESCO Constitution

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. ~ Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)

Peace is not God's gift to His creatures. It is our gift—to each other. ~ Elie Wiesel

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. ~ The Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. ~ Jesus of Nazareth in Matthew 5:9

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), Strength to Love

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. ~ The Bible, Isaiah 32:17

Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism. ~ Dorothy Thompson (1894 - 1961)

Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner. ~ Carlos Santana

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace!
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

~ Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226)

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. ~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Please choose the way of peace. ... In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause. ~ Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997), Letter to U.S. President George Bush and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, January 1991.

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field. ~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. ~ Dwight David Eisenhower. President of the United States of America

All we are saying is give peace a chance. ~ John Lennon (1940 - 1980)


  1. It takes quite a bit to bring tears to my old eyes. Rev Saint, this post brought my tears.

    dona nobis pacem

  2. SSN, your Blog Blast for Peace is as brilliant as I was told it would be. Thank you, sir! Dona Nobis Pacem

  3. Nick, I am touched by everything here, the graphics, the two videos, and the quotes. I believe that I’ll carry those words of Buddha, “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace” with me for a very long time. Thank you.

  4. Great post Nick and the 5 er Glad Vadas back aren't you I could not wait to see.. sk

  5. I like this post a lot. Have you visited Yoko's site?

  6. This is very inspirational, Nick. You did a lot of work putting it together. I am very impressed.

  7. I love those words of St. Francis of Assisi and the music that was added to them. I wear a vintage St. Francis medal as a reminder of peace.

    Touching post, Nick.

  8. My mother worked for Franciscans for over 35 years, they cared for her until her last breath and I grew up with Francis of Assisi's words.
    She would have loved this post... I know I do.

    *hugs* my friend

    Dona nobis pacem

  9. St. Francis is an inspiration. I also especially like the quotes about peace being a state of mind.

  10. Very nice St. Nick - I love the quotes!

  11. Beautiful! Thank you!

    So much wisdom here, Nick. May it permeate the minds of the people of the world so that we can know peace.

  12. What a beautiful post you have prepared for today and great musical choices. Very moving sweet one. Mine is up @ The Cafe

  13. Superb! I really like how you began with John Lennon singing and ended with a quote by him. Wonderful bookends.

  14. I found this post to be very emotional. yes well put together and moving.

    another peace voter,

  15. I’ll echo what d. chedwick wrote.

  16. Thank you, Nick. The post is beautiful, thoughtful and appreciated.

  17. Very nice, Pastor Nick. You wove this together as you used to weave your sermons. See, I remembered what you taught me.

  18. Fabulous post, Peace to you and the world my dear. x

  19. This is the first time I have ever read Mother Teresa’s letter to the senior Bush and Saddam Hussein. Had they chosen the way of peace, I think of all of the suffering, pain and loss of life that would have been avoided.

    I so appreciate this inspiring post.

  20. AZSONOFAGUN: I am touched by your tears, my dear old friend.

    SWEETS: Truly!

    GUNNY: I am glad that you returned, my friend. Blessings and peace.

  21. CHINA GIRL: You are welcome and I thank you. Peace, my friend.

    SANDY: Thank you. I, too, am glad that Vada has returned. I know the anxiety that I would have experienced had Alex disappeared. Peace to you, my friend.

    THOMAS: Thank you and much peace to you, my friend.

  22. I now feel motivated to do some real peacemaking! Thank you, Saintly Peacemaking Nick!

  23. ABBY: Thank you and peace to you, my friend.

    WILLOW: I agree. That prayer and the life of Saint Francis have long inspired me and especially my peacemaking, Blessing and peace, Ms. Willow.

    JODY: Thank you. I, too, really like those songs. Blessings and peace to you, my young friend.

  24. ANNDI: Thank you. I have often worked with the Franciscans here in Louisville in feeding the hungry. I wish I had known your mother. Blessings and peace, my friend.

    SAINTSEESTER: I have long understood that peace must being inside one’s self. If we are not at peace with ourselves, we are unable to bring peace to the word. Blessings and peace, my friend.

    TUG: Thank you. Peace and many blessings to you, my friend.

  25. CAROL: I agree. The problem is that, for the most part, we humans are predisposed to hear what we expect and want to hear. Blessings and peace, my friend.

    SASSY MAMA BEAR: Thank you, I will admit that I worked a very long time on this Blog Blast for Peace. Blessings and shalom, my friend.

    ANGUS: Yes. You noticed the “bookends,” which we very intentional! Blessings and suaimhneas, my old friend.

  26. D. CHEDWICK: Thank you Ched. I found it affecting me as I created it. Blessings and peace, my friend.

    RGF: Blessings and peace, my friend.

    KAT: Thank you. I appreciate you words. Blessings and peace, my friend.

  27. JOSHUA: You have me smiling, my friend. Thanks. Blessings and much shalom to you, your family, the congregation, and the entire Cannelton community.

    CATHY: Thank you. Blessings and peace, my friend.

    AKELAMALU: Thank you. May peace and blessings be with you, also.

  28. JEAN MARC: It is a shame that those in power are so in love with their power that they prefer war to peace. Thank you for the observation, my friend. Peace and blessings be yours.

    JENNIFER: Thank you. Blessings and peace to you, my friend.

    FIOCHRA: Yes! Now is the time for peacemakers to do peace! Thank you. You are motivating me! Blessings and peace, my friend.

  29. I'm sorry I didn't know about this. This is one of the best posts I've ever seen and I've seen plenty.

  30. Nick,
    St Francis of Assisi... my favorite!... I have his cross hanging on my wall....
    Great post St Nick!
    The Bach

  31. Nick,I take my hat of to you my brother.This is a GREAT POSTING.
    Thank you for it as well as thnak you for the trip down memory lane with the John Lennon video.
    Peace be with you.
    I hoe that you had a great day today,That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  32. I love the way your post seems to flow!

  33. You are truly a child of God, Reverend, for you have the voice of a peacemaker. I salute you, Sir!

  34. Fine, fine job, Reverend T! I am bookmarking this so that I may return often. Just reading those words moves me.

  35. As I get older, I've realized that to have positive interactions in this life, is really simple. Yet, many refuse to see it for what it is.

    Also, in this race to the white house, I believe the war mongers will be surprised to see that the tide is changing and the war rhetoric of yesterday, is deadly dull today!

    Lots of great quotes! ; )

  36. Those quotations are moving as is the video. Thank you, Nick.

  37. I, too, salute you, sir, on this outstanding celebration of peace.

  38. sheesh... that musta taken you a while nick!
    nice post!

  39. These are the most beautiful quotes ever.

    I wish peace would prevail, but unfortunately it's only going to get you know from studying the bible and so forth. We can only hope for it.

    I've missed ya Nick! I'm back up blogging once again.......... which means I'll be bothering you more frequently!

    Peace! ++

  40. Yes! dona nobis pacem!

  41. This was a wonderful post, so full of hope. Thanks!

  42. What a great quote from The Prophet Mohammed.

  43. What a nice optimistic and positive guy you are!!

  44. Last night I had the strangest dream
    I'd ever dreamed before
    I dreamed the world had all agreed
    To put an end to war

    I dreamed I saw a mighty room
    Filled with women and men
    And the paper they were signing said
    They'd never fight again

    And when the paper was all signed
    And a million copies made
    They all joined hands and bowed their heads
    And grateful pray'rs were prayed

    And the people in the streets below
    Were dancing 'round and 'round
    While swords and guns and uniforms
    Were scattered on the ground

    Last night I had the strangest dream
    I'd never dreamed before
    I dreamed the world had all agreed
    To put an end to war.

  45. What a beautiful, inspirational post! Thank you, Mr. Nick.

    Peace and Blessings,


  46. Divine! dona nobis pacem!

  47. I really like this. Thank you.

  48. This is a wonderful Peace Day Post Nick. You put a lot of thought and effort into it. I wish that it was a waste of time, that Peace was a reality and not a Goal.

    Be blessed.


  49. We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race. (Marcus Tullious Cicero)

  50. Another incredible peace post. As I read through these I am finding such depth in the writing. I knew this blogblast would be "different" somehow and my intuition was correct. I have been so moved. And this post is just wonderful. A smorgasbord of beautiful quotes and inspiration.
    I love the videos as well!

    Thank you for blogging for peace today, my friend.

  51. I truly appreciate this. Well done and Peace, my friend!

  52. Thank you for this inspirational message.