Blessings of peace

In praying for world peace, I find myself frequently turning to these words of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you" (Matt. 5:44). The word bless in that verse struck me as being especially significant, so I looked up the word in a dictionary and found that one of the original meanings is "to sanctify, to pronounce holy." Blessing everyone involved in this present phase of humanity's history is recognizing the real, sacred nature of each person's individuality, and seeing the link that everyone always has had with his or her source.

Every individual's existence is linked to the same Principle, and the link never gets severed.

Those who are seeking to establish peace through spiritual means can turn to the Principle of all existence, as the highest and only authority. They can ask this Supreme Power to prevail over the unrest and guide the steps of peoples and governments. That plea will be answered. Peace is possible because there is only one Supreme Being. Its common denominator is its universality. Because of its own supremacy, this all-powerful presence is not divided by hate, and has no room for revenge. And the request will be granted, because the Supreme Being is already at peace with its own ever-presence, which occupies all the space of infinity.

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An unstoppable prayer
April 14, 2003

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