“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Sister Joicy’s story includes a man who turns from hatred and racism to tolerance and compassion. His pathway to peace is through his faith and with the help of a mediator. Our faith similarly calls us to advocate for peace in our lives and throughout the world. Our journey toward personal and communal peace, like Mr. Hamed’s, will not only provide resolution to conflict, but will also pave the way for more inclusive and just societies. The process of restorative justice addresses this well: it holds that repairing relationships marred by conflict must include righting any wrongs and addressing any hurt that has been inflicted.
As we listen to the cry of Earth and the cry of the poor, how can we be peacemakers righting wrongs and hurts in our ecosystems and communities? How can our relationships to self, others, God, the environment, and the creatures within it benefit from a restorative approach to justice? Reflect on this as you listen to the song below, “Let there be peace on Earth”: