This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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True peace is harmony of wills

The peace in question is not the peace which follows combat, which is simply the peace of death and defeat. The peace sought by the Christian is not merely the absence of war, pain, or the precarious tension of “balanced powers.” True peace is a harmonious union of wills through which those involved not only cease to fight, but actually agree in their desires. Such persons are “unified” in their efforts. Peaceful unity requires the courageousness of trust, the seeking of justice, the practice of love, and the realization of human brotherhood.[1] In fact, we can say that peace is more the fruit of love than of justice, since justice removes obstacles to peace, while it is the part of love to bring it to fruition.[2]

It goes without saying that if strife is considered the ideal and peace simply a consequence of the mechanism of strife, then true peace will be perpetually undermined. War and threat of war cannot be escaped so long as sin persists, but this does not in any way transform them into goods to be sought after as if they were the engines of peace, for this would only bring about the peace of death.

[1] GS, 78.

[2] UA, 35; ST II-II, q. 29, a. 3, ad. 3.

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