Week of 10 September, 2018

Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.

~ Nelson Mandela ~

It is not easy to “make” … peace, which excludes no one but embraces even those who are a bit odd, troublesome or difficult, demanding, different, beaten down by life or simply uninterested. It is hard work; it calls for great openness of mind and heart …. Nor can it attempt to ignore or disregard conflict; instead, it must “face conflict head on, resolve it and make it a link in the chain of a new process”. We need to be artisans of peace, for building peace is a craft that demands serenity, creativity, sensitivity and skill.

Sowing peace all around us: that is holiness.

 

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate, 89

 

Lord,

creatively working for peace is

an arduous task.

Guide me

in every situation

that I find myself in,

to embrace –  openly – 

the many opportunities

you give me to be a peacemaker.

Amen.

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Mrs Ursula van Nierop

Ursula van Nierop was born in Germiston. After completing her schooling at the St Thomas Aquinas Convent in Witbank, she obtained a B.Nursing (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. She went on to work as a midwife at the Johannesburg Hospital. In 1999, Ursula started working for the Society of Jesus as secretary to the Regional Superior. In 2005, she was appointed as the Finance Officer for the Society of Jesus in South Africa. She moved to the Jesuit Institute as the Deputy Director in 2016. Here she is involved in the day to day management of the Institute office and various projects. Ursula believes that it is the role of all to make a difference in our society, especially to those on the margins. Ursula is married to Martin and they have five children.

u.vannierop@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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