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Christ’s peace is reflected in acts of love and reconciliation, pope says

The peace that is Christ’s gift to individuals and to humanity as a whole is not some superficial sense of calm, but an active force of reconciliation that calls for co-operation and self-giving, Pope Francis said.

The peace Christ offers “comes from his cross” and is “incarnated in an infinite host of saints, who are inventive, creative and always devise new ways to love,” Pope Francis said on 15th April during the livestreamed version of his weekly general audience.

Continuing his series of audience talks about the Eight Beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12, Pope Francis said he was pleased during Easter week to have reached the seventh beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“The peace of Christ,” he said, “is the fruit of his death and Resurrection.”

What Christ promises is not simply a sense of calm, which can indicate a “domesticated conscience,” the pope said. And, in fact, “spiritual growth often occurs precisely when our tranquility has somehow been disturbed. Many times, it is the Lord himself who sows agitation in us so we would turn to him.”

Picture: Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross at the beginning of his livestreamed general audience on 15th April 2020. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the pope is broadcasting his general audiences from the papal library in the Apostolic Palace. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).

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