Do you need to wish peace and good will to your enemies?
In this audio segment, Nancy asks Patrick Madrid about the phrase “Peace to people of goodwill.” She wonders if it means we should not offer peace to people without goodwill, especially when she experienced harassment at work.
Patrick explains that the phrase comes from the angels’ song in Bethlehem, and it can be seen as both descriptive and prescriptive. It describes the reality that having goodwill brings peace, both towards God and towards fellow humans. It also prescribes that to have peace, one should have goodwill towards others and God.