• 31 janvier 2013
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"Blessed are the peacemakers !”

Situations threa­te­ning peace are end­less, says Benedict XVI in his mes­sage on the occa­sion of the World Day of Peace. From ter­ro­rism to the exces­ses of finan­cial capi­ta­lism, the issues of concern are not lacking. But many peace ini­tia­ti­ves demons­trate that man is made for peace.

The World Day of Peace was esta­bli­shed on the 1st of January by Paul VI in 1968. On this occa­sion, every year the Pope deli­vers a mes­sage and invi­tes us to pray. « Blessed are the pea­ce­ma­kers » is the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for 2013.

The dic­ta­tor­ship of rela­ti­vism

Peace is not dis­connec­ted from our lives. Our per­so­nal and socie­tal choi­ces do and undo it, for see­king peace is to seek the common good. Peace, indeed, is a « living toge­ther based on truth, free­dom, love and jus­tice », the pope said. Those who deny the human capa­city to know the truth and the good under­mine the foun­da­tions of peace. This is why « the dis­mant­ling of the dic­ta­tor­ship of rela­ti­vism (...) is a neces­sary condi­tion for peace », said the Pope.

Love of human Life

The pea­ce­ma­ker loves and pro­mo­tes human life. Thus the libe­ra­li­za­tion of abor­tion is a « search for an illu­sory peace » : because the rejec­tion of res­pon­si­bi­lity, which is yet fun­da­men­tal to human dignity, and the murder of defen­se­less inno­cents « will never pro­duce nei­ther hap­pi­ness nor peace. » That is why the codi­fi­ca­tion of « new rights » "based on a sim­plis­tic and rela­ti­vis­tic view of humans and the skil­ful use of ambi­guous expres­sions" is not only an offense against the life and the truth but also « a serious injury to jus­tice and peace. »

Right to work

Another threat to peace is the ideo­logy of « radi­cal libe­ra­lism », which tends to decrease always more the social role of the State. Work, which is part of human dignity, is seen as subor­di­na­ted to the free­dom of mar­kets ; so that there is an increa­sed threat to the right to work. "I repeat here that human dignity, as well as eco­no­mic, social and poli­ti­cal logic, requi­res that we conti­nue « to prio­ri­tize the goal of access to steady employ­ment for eve­ryone »" said the Pope, quo­ting him­self in Caritas in Veritate. Benedict XVI also calls on pea­ce­ma­kers to commit them­sel­ves to sol­ving the food crisis, which is much more serious than the finan­cial crisis.

Education for peace

We need to be edu­ca­ted for peace, and that is the role of the family, says the Pope, where one learns love and mutual sup­port. As for schools and uni­ver­si­ties, they have the task of trai­ning new gene­ra­tions of lea­ders and « they can also contri­bute to a scien­ti­fic reflec­tion which will ground eco­no­mic and finan­cial acti­vi­ties on a solid anthro­po­lo­gi­cal and ethi­cal basis. »

Announcing the Prince of Peace

Finally, a cons­tant dia­lo­gue with God is neces­sary for peace, in order to « over­come that pro­gres­sive dim­ming and rejec­tion of peace which is sin in all its forms : sel­fi­sh­ness and vio­lence, greed and the will to power and domi­nion, into­le­rance, hatred and unjust struc­tu­res. » That is why there is an « urgency of a new pro­cla­ma­tion of Jesus Christ, the first and fun­da­men­tal factor of the inte­gral deve­lop­ment of peo­ples and also of peace. »

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