MANY people erroneously believe that peace on earth comes about through passivity and outward tranquility. If one never makes waves, if one never causes friction, then one contributes to peace. This view that whatever appears tranquil and compromising is good is, in reality, a great enabler of disorder. It is opposed to true peace. It also happens to be easy.
In order to have peace, we must take the hard road. We must make waves. We must cause friction. We must battle for the truth — in the right way, at the right time and in the right places. This is true because evil and its promoters are always aggressive though they sometimes adopt a pose of outward tranquility and are great champions of “love.” Satan energetically seeks to make people believe not only that he does not exist and that he is an absurd fairy tale believed only by the psychologically unbalanced but that combat is intrinsically bad. What a clever and highly effective way to disarm his enemies.
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Peace, whose intercession we should humbly seek in our exhausting battles, explains this rule:
I can only be faithful to God if I openly fight against [the unjust aggressor] and, more broadly, against the currents of thought, organizations and political parties that work with him to realize this goal.