Love rejoices with others

In his famous discourse on love, St. Paul says that love “does not rejoice at wrong, butrejoices in the right” (1 Corinthians 13:6). Pope Francis comments on the first phrase, love doesnot rejoice at wrong: The expression chaírei epì te adikía has to do with a...

Love excuses and presumes goodwill

Blessed are the Merciful… and Peacemakers. How can you make peace in the world (or in the family, workplace, nation, etc.) if we are not merciful, especially if we hold on to resentments and hurts? As St. Paul reminds us, in his Canticle of Love, that love “is not...

Family, peace, and punishment

Pope Francis reminds us that true love – essential for peace – “is not irritable” or easily provoked. [In St. Paul, irritable] refers to a violent reaction within, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge where others are concerned, as if they were...

Defending peace, life, and property

Blessed the Peacemaker can also be linked to Blessed are the meek and Do not kill… Donot steal, because peace is impossible if we do not respect another person’s property and thesacredness of their life as a gift from God. Meekness is an attitude of respect for the...