Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was an outspoken advocate for peace throughout her life. She realized that to create peace in the world, it has to start close to home.
In her book No Greater Love, Mother Teresa writes, “If we really want peace for the world, let us start by loving one another within our own families…We must love those who are nearest to us, in our own family. From there love spreads toward whoever may need us.
“It is easy to love those who live far away. It is not always easy to love those who live right next to us. It is easier to offer a dish of rice to meet the hunger of a needy person than to confront the loneliness and the anguish of someone in our own home who does not feel loved.
“I want you to go and find the poor in your homes. Above all, your love has to start there. I want you to be the good news to those around you. I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know who your neighbor is?”
A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. (James 3:18)
Make me a channel of Your peace and love, Lord.