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Living language of Love: Only way to Peace

November is a month of saints and all the Catholic saints spoke the language of love and the greatest advocate of peace Francis of Assisi sang from his soul – “Make me a channel of your peace/Where there is hatred, let me bring your love”. This is a veritable proof that the language of love is a language of peace.

Living language of Love: Only way to Peace

By Joe Palathunkal

That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

Very often it is heard – without peace development is not possible but the people who say this themselves engineer everything that goes against peace. From the media output it appears that the world has become a battle ground.

Violence is palpable everywhere in different forms and the weak are progressively becoming expendable under one pretext or the other. It is this situation that has prompted Pope Francis to give the above prayer intention for the month of November 2018.

The ruling class keeps on mouthing the language of hate in the belief that only through hatred and conflict it can remain in power and so they need an enemy always to pit others against, and in case they don’t find one, they will invent one. Even leaders and public figures who were champions of peace are put into a violent and aggressive mould.



In India a man like Mahatma Gandhi is sidelined and in his place leaders who can be easily converted into musclemen are promoted and projected as better than Gandhiji. From the history of the freedom struggle some pliable personalities are projected at great monetary expense to promote a language of conflict, instead of love.

The language of love and dialogue can come from an attitude of forgiveness and compassion and the politicians today have completely forgotten that language of love and therefore peace is at risk everywhere.

Political leaders speak about building walls and barriers and that is why Pope Francis said that those who build walls are not Christians at all; but a Christian must build bridges to join together. A language of building bridges is a language of love and dialogue and only through that bridge we can walk to peace.



November is a month of saints and all the Catholic saints spoke the language of love and the greatest advocate of peace Francis of Assisi sang from his soul – “Make me a channel of your peace/Where there is hatred, let me bring your love”. This is a veritable proof that the language of love is a language of peace.

Sometimes one wonders why people speak such an inhuman language of hatred to pit one against the other. People either forget or they are forced to forget that all are brothers and sisters as the children of one heavenly Father and that is why Jesus prayed (John 17: 21): “May they all be one as you Father are in me and I in you.”

A nation where more and more people live the language of love, there peace is guaranteed and it will have all-round development and progress. Nations in Europe developed when they evolved a language of love and dialogue during the course of history and where politics brought in language of hate, those nations could not develop. Hitler in Germany is a clear example.

Those who live the language of love will first of all ensure the healing of history and without healing the historical wounds a people cannot develop or go forward.

But those who fail to live the language of love inevitably bring up the wounds of history and this will make people hate and fight each other because our history is such that there had always been a Cain to shed the blood of Abel.

Those who live the language of love are the ones who build the roads and bridges to peace and such people deserve to be called children of God as Jesus said in Matthew 5: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

If we want to be called children of God, we have to call others also children of God and this mutuality is the sure way to peace; we cannot exclude others and those who speak the language of exclusion are the number one enemy of peace and the language of exclusion is a language of hatred which will definitely brew conflict and fight.

Living the language of love means, living an “understanding love” (Mother Teresa) and if we can live an understanding love, then there is scope for dialogue and forgiveness and that will remove all the obstacles to peace.

At the birth of Jesus the angels gave us a beautiful condition for peace: goodwill which is possible only if we speak and live the language of love and dialogue, and if we have such a language, then there won’t be any unwanted person in the world; a terrible adversity to peace is this culture of making our fellow humans unwanted and the moment they are unwanted, they fall into the list of people to be eliminated physically or psychologically.



In a culture where there is a language of love and dialogue, nobody will be unwanted, and each one will belong to each other, and that will be the kingdom of God envisaged by Jesus, and there all can say with Mother Teresa of Calcutta what she said as the opening of sentence of her acceptance speech when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace at Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 1979:

Let us all together thank God for this beautiful occasion where we can all together proclaim the joy of spreading peace, the joy of loving one another and the joy acknowledging that the poorest of the poor are our brothers and sisters.

(Joe Palathunkal is Associate Editor, Living in Faith)

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