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“REFLECTIONS ON PEACE”

Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the source of “peace that passes understanding”.   Our world does not know Him, seek Him, or believe Him to be the source of true peace.  Jesus is the only way to peace in this life or the next. In the midst of all of the strife, it is good to remember that when we know Christ, we are to be “peacemakers”.  Here are some reminders of the reality of peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27.

“Safety consists not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.” Peace that Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble but is rather the confidence that He is there with you always. Peace is such a precious jewel, that I would give anything for it but truth. – Matthew Henry

 Duke University did a study on “peace of mind.” Factors found to contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability are:1. The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness. 

  1.  The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness
  2.  Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
  3.  Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.
  4. Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
  5. Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
  6. Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues and love, humor, compassion and loyalty
  7. Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
  8. Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness. (Copied).

SERENITY PRAYER – St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.