Thought of the day
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time

Blessed Paul VI, Pope from 1963-1978 Speech to the United Nations Organisation, October 4 1965 (©Libreria vaticana editrice)

Thursday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Blessed Paul VI, Pope from 1963-1978 
Speech to the United Nations Organisation, October 4 1965 (©Libreria vaticana editrice)

"If this day you only knew what makes for peace"

Never again war, never again war! It is peace, peace, that has to guide the destiny of the nations and of all mankind!. . . 

As you know very well, peace is not built merely by means of politics and a balance of power and interests. It is built with the mind, with ideas, with the works of peace. You are working at this great endeavor. 

      But you are only at the beginning of your labors. Will the world ever come to change the selfish and bellicose outlook that has spun out such a great part of its history up to now? It is hard to foresee the future, but easy to assert that the world has to set out resolutely on the path toward a new history, a peaceful history, one that will be truly and fully human, the one that God promised to men of good will.