“You can speak of peace with splendid words, you can hold a great conference but if in your little things, in your heart there is no peace, if in your neighbourhood there is no peace, if in your workplace there is no peace, there will be no peace in the world.” (Pope Francis)
As individuals, communities and nations, we all struggle with the wrongs and injustices others have done to us as well as what we have done to them. And we continue to abhor the enormous extent of injury humankind seems hell-bent inflicting upon itself.
Our lives are irrevocably intertwined with the lives of others. Who we are and what we do affects them. Since we are all vulnerable creatures, it is impossible not to hurt someone else or to be hurt ourselves. It is in our human psyche to respond with anger, hold grudges, and even seek revenge despite the teachings of Christianity.