by Dr Paul Rule,
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Occasional Paper 23. Melbourne: Dove Publications, 1995, pp.32.

Everyone wants peace. We want peace in our lives, in our homes, within and between nations. It is at the heart of the teachings of all religions, not the least of Christianity. There are, of course, different kinds and degrees of peace. There is the mere absence of way or violence. There is the peacefulness of happy homes and workplaces. And there is a still deeper spiritual peace; St Paul’s ‘peace of God which surpasses all understanding’. In this paper we will explore some of the varieties of peace, the riches of Catholic tradition on peace, the prospects and problems for peace in the world today, and developing peacefulness in our lives

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