Someone once said that war is a lousy way to settle politics. How strange indeed, that historically, so many have attempted to “fight” for peace & truth & the glory of God, through methods that have only brought conflict, devastation & hatred. Though many have had good intentions, so few have found a way to really bring about righteousness. Gandhi implored us, “Be the change we want to see in the world.” (emphasis mine), & St. Francis of Assisi exhorted, “Preach the Gospel every day; use words if necessary.” Most of us know in our souls that the only method that truly provides us with a resonant form of speaking into the lives of others is through the practical language of our daily living & examples. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously reminded us of the ways to fight well for the peace of the world: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” These greats of old echoed the example of Jesus, who perfectly embodied a love that kept no record of wrongs, sought not its own, & delighted in the Truth (I Corinthians 10:13). Let us offer petition the Father, Son & Holy Spirit for strength & integrity to lead by example, to walk in His Light always, to offer others the haven of His Light & Love.