Paradox of Peacemaking

“Prayer is the basis of all peacemaking precisely because in prayer we come to the realization that we do not belong to the world in which conflicts and wars take place, but to Jesus who offers us his peace. The paradox of peacemaking is indeed that we can only speak of peace in the world when our sense of who we are is not anchored in the world. We can only say ‘we are for peace’ when those we are fighting have no power over us.” — Henri Nouwen

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