In quest of peace

26 May

Peace is beautiful – when it is at last achieved. But it is a work in progress.

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

 I had to read it again: “the bond of peace.”

That’s what got me the bond of peace.

Peace doesn’t just happen. As Pope Paul VI indicated to the United Nations all those years ago, peace is not merely the absence of war.

Read again what St. Paul has to say. See the blueprint for peace which fosters unity – all those virtues. Virtue doesn’t just happen. For example, you can’t just pray to be humble and patient. You have to work at it – tackling the demons that plague you, the demons you have unwittingly nourished over the years.

That’s the only way we’ll have peace in our homes, in our nation – if peace is peace is active, not passive.

To become virtuous requires work, not lazy surrender. Yes, you have to surrender to God – to the Most Holy Spirit who fills you with discernment, wisdom and strength. But you have to die to self for the sake of rising from the chains of pride, greed, envy, anger and lust.

The quest for peace is the quest for holiness.

Peace has to be achieved. It is a bond, a covenant. You agree that peace will be the bond of your family. As more individuals, families and other social groups live in peace, the nation will eventually reflect that bond, that covenant.

Choose peace. Work at it. Work for it. Make it the bond of your marriage, your family, your workplace.

Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come with your grace, your gifts of wisdom, strength, discernment and peace.

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