P Is for Peace

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Today’s post is a double “P”—Peace Pilgrim.

From 1953 to 1981 a silver-haired woman calling herself only “Peace Pilgrim” vowed to remain a wanderer “until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.”

Her life seems to me to reflect Jesus’ own wisdom about how to live in this life. She affirmed for us all that: “You create your future as you live.”

Peace Pilgrim lived where the foot touches the pavement. Over the course of her life, she walked more than 25,000 miles, as her website (www.peacepilgrim.net) explains: “traveling penniless and without any organization, fearlessly calling for international as well as personal disarmament. … Her message was a simple one: overcome evil with good, hatred with love and falsehood with truth. To do this, she said, various stages of maturity must be reached, starting with the self: inner peace first, then peace will be attainable among individuals, the community, the nation and the world.”

We desperately need this vision—and people who will dare to exemplify it—now more than ever.

As Mother Teresa said: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

At this very divisive time in our national history, let’s take a moment to remember that we do.

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