(…) History is all about wars and when we were children at school we almost learned that wars are good and holy, almost as if this is what protects our own land. (…) But if we hear the appeals of the Popes echoing in our hearts (…) we would hear their dread of war in the world and how their words, whether called for or not, appealed to leaders to try to appease anger and self-interest and to avert the terrible tragedy of war, through which everything is lost, while everything is gained by peace.
This is because history is a succession of fratricidal conflicts between peoples who are brothers and sisters and who have been given a piece of land to cultivate and live on by the one Lord of the world.
He blesses peace because he embodied peace. We see how one by one the Lord is conquering the hearts of his children of all nations, of all languages, transforming them into children of Love, Joy, Peace, Courage, and Strength. So we hope that the Lord will have mercy on this divided and wild world, on these peoples locked up in their own shell contemplating their own beauty – which is special for them – yet limited and inadequate, clinging on with clenched teeth to their own treasures, even those goods that could help other peoples where many are dying of hunger, and that he will break down the barriers and let charity flow continuously between one land and another, in a torrential flow of spiritual and material goods.
We hope that the Lord will establish a new order in the world. He alone can make humanity a family and cultivate what is distinctive among peoples, so that the splendor of each people, placed at the service of the others, may shine out with the one light of life that beautifies the earthly homeland and makes it the waiting room of the eternal Homeland.
Perhaps what I am saying sounds like a dream. Nonetheless – apart from the fact that if mutual love is the relationship among Christians, then the relationship among Christian nations cannot be other than mutual love because of the unchanging logic of the Gospel – there is a bond that already unites people strongly, proclaimed by the voice of the people and of all peoples, the people’s voice which so often is God’s voice. This hidden and protected bond in the heart of every nation is Mary.
Who could take from the Brazilians the thought that Mary is the Queen of their land?
And who would deny to the Portuguese that Mary is “Our Lady of Fatima”?
Who would not allow the French the “beautiful little Lady of Lourdes”?
Or the Poles Our Lady of Czestochowa?
Or not let the English see their land as the “dowry of Mary”?
And who could deny that Mary is the “Castellana of Italy”
(…) All Christian nations have already proclaimed her their Queen, theirs and their children’s.
But one thing is missing, and Mary cannot do it, so we have to help her. We need to collaborate so that Catholic peoples, united like many brothers and sisters, might go to her and together recognize her as Mother and Queen. We can enthrone her if, through our conversion, our prayers, and actions, we remove the veil that still covers her crown, (…) and lay down the piece of the world that is in our hands … at the feet of the greatest Queen that Heaven and earth can know. She is Queen of peoples, Queen of Saints, Queen of Angels, because when she was on earth she was able to sacrifice herself completely, the Handmaid of the Lord, and teach her children the way of unity, of embracing all peoples, so that earth might become as it is in Heaven.
From Essential Writings p 222-233