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Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P
PREPARING FOR PEACE DAY
Continuing to Observe
The International Day of Peace
By Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
August 21, 2022
It is one month before we observe The International Day of Peace on September 21, 2022. The Interfaith Peace Project is dedicated to the philosophy and goal of this important observance. Every month, on the 21st, we strive to offer reflections on peace. We believe The International Day of Peace cannot simply be a yearly observance but a continuous practice in our lives.
Those who established the International Peace Day envisioned a twenty-four-hour practice on September 21. The idea is simple. If we can practice peace in every aspect of our lives, we can practice peace one day at a time for the rest of our lives. It is a matter of striving, and it takes courage.
Many are tempted to believe peace is impossible, a worthy goal never to be a reality. We disagree. Peace is not simply achieved in the interaction of Nations, diplomacy, or contractual agreements. True peace is already within our hearts.
Those who would seek peace in the World must have the courage to see and find peace in their hearts. A wise person once said to me, before you do or say anything, ask yourself if that is really what you want to say and do. She invited me to the depth of my soul, to discover the person I truly want to be, to find peace within.
Peace-makers are activists in the World because they are contemplatives in the heart. The noise around us can distract us from the voice within us. We need to quiet ourselves by entering the sacred space of our hearts where peace gives us serenity, courage, and vision. Silence, quiet, and inner consciousness are radical actions by which we share our inner peace with a World often hurt by violence and injustice. We could say, “If you want justice, find your inner peace.”
Beginning on September 11, 2022, we will send you daily meditations on peace as part of our September 21st observance. These meditations will feature the inspiration and example of eleven women who won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thank you for striving to practice peace in all the affairs of life. Let the noise and upset around you invite you to the oasis of your heart. Your heart is precious, and the peace living in your heart blesses everyone you meet.