Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.
International Association of Educators for World Peace
Dedicated to United Nations Goals of Peace Education,
Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Disarmament
Professor Emeritus, Alabama A&M University
Hon President & Professor, Swiss Business School, Zurich
In his farewell speech to the United States Congress, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a serious warning to all the members of the American government. He said emphatically: ”Remember that all people of all countries want peace; only their government wants war.”
Sources of Human Conflicts
This means the real human conflicts in the long term are often initiated by government officials to the detriment of their very own people. In spite of the fact that they are all members of the United Nations, they literally ignore the preamble of UNESCO, which stands for United Nations, Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization.
Such preamble states: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace should be constructed.” As human beings we all tend to be guided either by the mind, which tends to be suspicious or by the heart, which is the seat of love and compassion.
From history we learn that all those who proved to be highly beneficial provided us with guidelines that stem from their heart, which is the seat of love, mercy and compassion. Among such important ones we find Confucius, Lord Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth, Paul of Tarsus and all the way down to Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II.
Needless to say, the list goes on and on. The all believed that if we were to embrace all people from our heart with love, mercy and compassion, we will eventually create an earthly paradise that is characterized by world peace. Our heart is not only the seat of love but also the seat of numerous virtues such as meekness, appreciation, respect, modesty, patience, humility and dedication to the service of others.
Throughout history, God has been described by just one word – amor, which means love. In many ascetical writers we find the words: Ubi est amor, Deus ibi est – where there is loved there is God. When our heart nourishes love, God is there in it. God is good because He is always saturated with genuine love for all human beings without exception.
God’s Genuine Love
God’s Blessed Mother, as well as all the angles and saints, are all characterized by true love. This was especially revealed by the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje during the decade of the eighties. During this decade she proclaimed that she is the mother of all people….. of those who love her as well as of those who reject her. She affirmed that she carried in her heart deep love for every human being without exception.
When the children in Medjugorje asked her: “How come God who is so good and so lovable sends people to hell for all eternity? Maybe for 5 to 10 thousand years,” they added. The Blessed Mother assured them that God never sent anyone to hell. In fact, she added: “If it depends on Him He would take all those in hell and bring them to heaven; but they hate God so much that from the moment they die they say to God moment per moment: I hate you, I do not want you, I do not want ever to be with you.”
In view of these stated realities, Archbishop John Bereslavsky, Patriarch of the former underground Orthodox Church, formed a religious movement in an effort to help bring a permanent peace among all people from every walk of life and profession. Initially it started as a powerful spiritual group that went by the name of Mother of God Church Derjevnaya.
In recent years, it evolved to become a powerful instrument to bring about a permanent world peace in the entire world, which begins with every individual heart that is saturated with pure and genuine love for every human being by all means. After living in Russia for a number of years, this Archbishop moved to Spain where he is mostly known as Father John.
He has numerous disciples all of whom are imbued with deep love in the heart, which they constantly share with others. Of course, tens of millions across every continent whose heart if full of love for others already form a part of this spiritual world peace movement. Father John wrote hundreds of books some of which have been translated in other languages, mostly in English and Spanish. In brief, world peace will eventually take place only after we implant in every human heart genuine love.
To this end, it would be very appropriate if the scope of the military everywhere is radically and drastically changed, from waging wars to waging peace, from the destruction of nations to the solid build-up of true world communities were all of the homeless would be provided with adequate shelters to live happily and decently with their family members.
Leading Source of Peace
From studies made by humanitarian organizations over the years, the vast majority of people around the world do carry the seed of love, which is deeply rooted in their heart. Hence, they all form an integral part of the true and genuine peace movement initiated by Archbishop John Bereslavsky, whose disciples refer to him simply by Father John, as stated earlier.
Let us illustrate this by example. When a baby is born everyone knows as to whether it is a boy or a girl except the baby itself. Those that are saturated with love for others in their heart, they already form an integral part of Father John’s universal spiritual movement of world peace. The eventual awareness of such a fact is not absolutely important.
Those who wish to become acquainted with the Mother of God Church Derjevnaya, may write to: Paisi.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org among a number of other sources. This spiritual organization transcends all boundaries of division. All of its members view each other as brothers and sisters. Besides, all those who have chosen to let peace become an integral part of their heart through love may be viewed as genuine apostles of God Himself. They are also children of the Blessed Mother, who is spiritually a powerful instrument that enables us to be strong in all our endeavors.
The Virgin Mary’s deep love was expressed to the children in Medjuogrje when she told them: “I am the mother of all people whom I view as my most dear and beloved children.” No matter what relationship they choose to establish with her, this heavenly Mother keep on looking after every single human being with love and compassion.
In view of what has been stated, the real enemies of peace may be viewed as those who harbor hatred in their heart. This is generally revealed in the enormous sufferings they inflict on so many good and innocent people in the world at large, especially through the waging of wars. Our job in life is to do our best to help make the world better than the one we found. Our sacrosanct duty is to promote world peace and to put it in operation on a permanent basis. This will take place when we saturate our heart with love and compassion for others.
September 29, 2013