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Thoughts on Peacemaking by Henri Nouwen


“We cannot love issues, but we can love people, and the love of people reveals to us the way to deal with issues.”

“When peacemaking is based on fear it is not much different that warmaking.”

“Only those who deeply know that they are loved and rejoice in that love can be true peacemakers.”

“Prayer – living in the presence of God – is the most radical peace action we can imagine.  Prayer is peacemaking and not simply the preparation before, the support during, and the thanksgiving after.”

“Prayer is not primarily a way to get something done.  In prayer we undo the fear of death and therefore the basis of all human destruction.”

Peacework (unpublished)

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