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ENCYCLICAL LETTER

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DEUS EST PACEM
GOD IS PEACE

 

OF THE HIGH PONTIFF
IUDAES SECUNDUS

 

In Response to “O’ Father, where art thou?”,
And Addressed to the Wider Flock.

On the Peace of GOD and the place of the Church in War.

 


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HIS HOLINESS JUDE II, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Archbishop of Visigia, Successor of the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin, High Servant to the Exalted's Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD.

 


 

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Lo! War’s relief is Peace, yet there is a grievous cost for Peace. 

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“You will know him, for with peace he gathers the sons of Horen, 
where the sword has divided them.”
(Gospel 7:53)

 

 

Most Beloved Brethren, Health and Pontifical Benediction.

 

We have not been deaf to the cries of war, yet as elucidated by Our brother, Minuvas, in Our silence it seems as if We have. As We, behind these walls have tried to preserve Peace between those of whom We shepherd, it is to the wider flock which We have been mute and it is that neglect which We acknowledge. So, it is in this Encyclical Letter that We intend to rectify this silence and too, clarify Her place in war among men.

 

As We spoke unto Our flock in Sextus Aurea Bulla Providentia, it has been since times immemorial that Peace has been lauded as a thing of good, a thing of God, both by the Exalted and those who succeeded them as the bearers of the Laurel, the High Priests and High Pontiffs of the Church of the Canon. Exalted Godfrey did bring Peace unto man as he trekked to the lands of Renatus (Gospel 6:12) and so too did His Holiness, Blessed Everard IV in the Encyclical Letter “Pax Dei et Treuga Dei”. Throughout the faith’s storied history, it has been known that Peace is the will of God and so have His Prophets and His Vicars upheld that will of God, God’s Peace.

 

So, it is war that is a blight upon man and Peace it’s cure. Yet now in conflict, we find ourselves suffering on battlefields and at home as that blight slowly corrupts these lands. This, We say now, is not God’s will; death and misery upon that which He created, that intended to be without sin and enveloped by virtue, is not His intention. We look to the Scroll of Auspice for that answer, there being no war or anger or death in that paradise, that which He shall decree upon the demise of the Enemy; only unity and Peace, from the Seven Skies to the Void. There, there shall be no conflict and only Peace. 

 

That paradise, the end of times, is the very answer to the namesake of this Encyclical. You may ask: how can We say God is Peace? We say firstly that God is many things; God is Love, as is the motto of High Pontiff Everard V and so too is He Mercy, as He is the Most Merciful. We can too say He is not anger nor violence. Too are the end of times characterized by Love and Mercy in the absence of anger and violence. Characterized by many things, the end of times are of virtue, as He is the embodiment of virtue, and so too, therefore are the end of times an embodiment of Him. 

 

The end of times are that which He intended, that which is perfect, and Him being all that is and the source of all that is perfect, so too must all that is of paradise be of Him. It is a paradise characterized by Peace which means that God is too of Peace and therefore, Peace of God. Lo! were the armies of God called to work Peace upon the world by Exalted Horen and so they did, “And by God’s will I redeem you of your failures, and send you to work Peace upon it.” (Auspice 2:9) It is true; God is Peace and therefore, Peace a thing of perfection. 

 

And so, while the Empire may suffer in that great struggle of conflict, as God is Peace, so is Peace eternal. There is no death to Peace; even the most bloody war cannot kill that which is of God. As long as God remains in the hearts of men, so too shall there always be Peace. Therefore, there shall be an end to this war; that of resolution in faith and in God. We shall see Peace again reign supreme upon this terra for God shall always reign and no machinations of man, not even Iblees, can end that which is His.


However, as war is waged, it is asked; what shall the Church do? While the Church shall not fight in this war, as men dedicated to our flock, it is we ordained men who will serve in other ways. To heal the Canonists injured in battle, to recover the bodies of the deceased, to offer the Houses of Worship as places of safety for the innocent Canonist souls, and to pray for the descendants mired in conflict. We can offer a spiritual wealth unparalleled to lands deprived of the grace of God. 

 

To administer the Last Rites to the dead and to spread the message of Peace is what we as Priests must do for God is Peace and in a world plagued by that contrary to His will, it is through us that God shall behold the Canonist flock that righteous thing. 

 


Now, while We know that this public letter to Our office was made in the intention of goodwill, We must ask the layman to not doubt the Mother Church when, whether behind closed doors or in the world, it works tirelessly for God’s will which is, in its perfection, that which is best for the faithful. We do indeed work for the greater good of all Canonists, even despite Our silence, and while silence may be deafening, the felled tree may be unheard but it still has been felled. We ask for the trust of the faithful in these times of war, for We are forevermore dedicated to the will of God; that of Peace, for God is Peace.

 


Written in and published from the Holy See, given to all Our flock on the thirteenth of Tobias’s Bounty, in the year of our lord, 1819, the twelfth of Our Pontificate.
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INSTAURARE OMNIA IN DEO
RESTORE ALL THINGS IN GOD

 

SIGNED WITH THE LOVE OF A FATHER,
YOUR SERVANT,

 

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Sanctitas, Papa Iudaes Secundus
 

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