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Peacemakers know what war is. War is hell. Always.
After Jesus made peace between ourselves in God with the completion of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on that hell (and heaven) of Calvary, and just after the soldier thrust the spear into His side, His Heart, sundering that Heart of peacemaking unity so as to bring us to be one with Him, it is just then that the soldier, stepping back as the blood and water flowed over him, said, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
The Son of God… though He called Himself the Son of man. The more we tried to prove that He was but a mere human being, the more we saw that He was a Divine Man, a God-Man, the only God-Man. The more we spit upon Him, mocked Him, stripped Him, scourged Him, crowned Him with thorns, throwing the instrument of His torture and death on Him, and finally executing Him, the more we then saw the strength of divine love, of divinity in Him: How good and kind, going through all this… for us…
All the cynics – those who find their security in keeping the status quo, those who are politically correct, those who cower before any true evangelization, those for whom religion is congratulating themselves on being consensus builders of the absolute lowest common denominator, on not rocking the boat, on not offending people (to the detriment of everyone’s eternal salvation) – think that peacemaking is all about the absence of doctrine and morality (which is to be merely privately upheld, if at all), a muzzling of those who cannot but speak of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
But did not our Lord and God, Mary Immaculate’s Son, say that He did not come to bring peace, but the sword? Yes, that is what He said. Who are we to think that He is an idiot for saying such a thing, and for His putting these words into practice, with His words being sharper than any two edged sword? We are the damnedest of fools if we think He is an idiot, especially by proving our foolishness by actions of sweeping under the carpet anything that would ever rightly and wonderfully cause friction with anyone, ignoring the fact, perhaps maliciously, that all and sundry may just trip on that now bulging carpet and go tumbling down, perhaps right to hell.
But Father, but Father! If you poke your head up to speak, it’ll be cut off! If you speak words of contradiction [love and truth always being a contradiction of the ways of the world, the flesh and the devil], then you’re sure to be crucified! Don’t do it! BE NICE! BE NICE! JUST. BE. NICE!
As the Master, so the disciple. Those who are peacemakers, truly, are to be sacrificed, as was the Son of God, the Son of man, the God-Man. The true peacemakers become the sons of God in The Son of God.
The true peacemakers, like the Son of God, will not on this earth be called sons of God. That will be for later, in heaven, where they will shine with the glory of the Son of God Himself.
As was the case with the Son of God, the peacemakers on this earth, speaking fearlessly of truth and charity, will be called inept, non-consensus-builders, those who have to be marginalized, despized, hated, treated as criminals, the scum of the earth, the off-scouring of the world, the worst examples of being religious. They will cynically be called cynics for speaking the truth with charity.
The true peacemakers, however, know blessedness in all this already upon this earth. The more they are not called the sons of God, but rather the sons of Satan (and this for saying and doing what is right, for truly being with Jesus), the more they know, with transcendent joy, with blessedness, their unity with the Son of God, how they are being brought into that Heart of unity which was sundered for us…
The only way a peacemaker can truly be a peacemaker in the eyes of God is to have his heart united with that Sacred Heart, which brought peace by the very sword which pierced His own Heart. Not so much cor ad cor loquitur (Heart speaks to a heart), but cor cum cordis loquitur (Heart speaks with a heart), for cum cordis is con-cord, that is, concord, that is, peace, no? Yes. Mary’s Son is just that good, just that kind, The Peacemaker…