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Pierre Nicole: Peacemakers warrant highest title men are capable of

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

French writers on war and peace

Pierre Nicole: Scripture obliges us to seek and desire the peace of the whole world

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Pierre Nicole
Moral Essays
Translator unknown

Temporal wars have so strange consequences, and work so sad effects even on souls themselves that we cannot be too apprehensive of them.

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Jesus Christ so loved peace, that of the eight Beatitudes he proposes in the Gospel he thereof made two. Blessed, said he, are the meek for they shall possess the Earth; this comprehends the tranquility of this and the repose of the other life. Blessed are, says he again, the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God, which is the highest title men are capable of, and which is therefore due only to the highest virtue. St. Paul has made an express law concerning peace in commanding it to be kept as much as possible with all men whatsoever: cum omnibus hominibus pacem habentes quod uestrum est.

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