So what was so special about Francis’ approach to peacemaking? First, he believed peace cannot really be “made”. Rather, it must be “embodied” – personal spirituality must precede political reality. Peace for Franciscans is not an abstract ideal, nor is it a concept (such as Kant’s notion of “perpetual peace”), but is embodied in individuals before it is demonstrated in communities.
~Scott M. Thomas, “Franciscan guide to dialogue” (The Tablet, 10/06/06)