Working for conflict transformation is hard work and takes time. Reconciliation is a journey, so we need to be committed to a journey of a lifetime. Most of the time we do not see what we hoped for, and we never know fully how our work has planted seeds or influenced events. … However, the work of conflict transformation is the most exciting and fulfilling work we can do, and working for reconciliation is our calling.
—Thomas Porter, The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of Justpeace (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
—Matthew 5:23-24 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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