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29. Peace

1. Peace is not merely quiet agreement among men. Peacemeans harmony and satisfaction in all the tendencies and desires ofa man's heart. Peace, therefore, is more than outer concord; itis inner repose in the attainment of all that can be desired.

2. Peace is the end of all desiring. Wherever there istendency, there is the drive for repose in the attaining of theobject of tendency. Peace is fulfillment, with tendency at rest.All things, inasmuch as they tend to their connatural orsupernatural end, tend to peace; we may even say that everythingdesires peace.

3. Peace in a man's soul, spiritual peace, resultsfrom charity. When a person focuses his harmonious inner tendencieson God, he exercises charity, and he has peace. When men exercisecharity one towards another as true neighbors, they tend togetherunto God, and they have peace.

4. Peace, like joy, is not a virtue on its own account orin itself; it is the exercise of a virtue; it is an act and aneffect of the virtue of charity. Like joy, it is one of the twelvefruits of the Holy Ghost.

"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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