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"If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes."    - Jesus ; Luke 19.42

". . . to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”    - Luke ; Luke 1.79

"Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 9:7

"Entering paradise in this life is not an individual achievement but is the gift of communities that train perception and teach ethical grace. Paradise provides deep reservoirs for resistance and joy. It calls us to embrace life’s aching tragedies and persistent beauties, to labor for justice and peace, to honor one another’s dignity, and to root our lives in the soil of this good and difficult earth."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 410

"Violence is not an absolute evil to be avoided at all costs. It is not even the main problem, but only the presenting symptom of an unjust society. And peace is not the highest good; it is rather the outcome of a just social order."    - Walter Wink ; Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way (Facets)

"To give his people the knowledge of [liberation] through the forgiveness of their [national] sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."    - Luke ; Luke 1.77-79

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