Everyone wants peace—at least nearly everyone claims to want it. But how to achieve it? A good start is to understand the word itself and the many things it describes. Then we need to apply the right tool to the specific situation. Ultimately, though, what we long for is eschatological peace.
Most Americans have never heard of the Battle of Lepanto, although it was the most important naval contest in human history. Even most Catholics have never heard of it, although October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrates the victory in 1571, when the Holy League, led by Don John of Austria, saved the Christian West from defeat at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.
In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, the emphasis in translation was on making the Mass accessible to the broadest possible audience. This resulted in some inaccuracies that have been a scandal to many. A recent Vatican letter signaled the end of this decades-long tragedy and a renewed commitment to literal translations.
An old maxim insists that to keep the conversation civil, we don’t discuss religion. The secularist mentality would apply the principle beyond mere discussion: Remove religion from human existence or civilization crumbles. A Catholic understands that, far from being obstacles to a civilized society, religion, truth, and culture are its foundations.
"The [secular] sense of right and wrong is so delicate, so fitful, so easily puzzled, obscured, perverted, so subtle in its argumentative methods, so impressionable by education, so biased by pride and passion, so unsteady in its course, that in the struggle for existence amid the various exercises and triumphs of the human intellect, the sense is at once the highest of all teachers yet the least luminous."