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You, the peacemaker

Each of us plays a role in the message of the season

Shaken by the dual experience of overseeing the Truth Commission while battling prostate cancer, Tutu said he had learned that life is too short to be nasty. We can't all win the Nobel Prize for peace. We can't all be wheelers and dealers of destiny as Netanyahu and Arafat. And we certainly can't be saviors of the world as Jesus was. But in the incivility that so infects our culture and degrades our personalities, we can be nice instead of nasty. And that will give rise to a little peace on earth in our hearts, in our families, in our relationships, in our workplaces, in our politics, on our roads — and in our churches.


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