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When a Problem Has Robbed Us of Our Peace

We should adopt the following rule of conduct: when a problem has robbed us of our peace, the most important thing is not to resolve the problem in the hope of regaining our peace, but to regain a minimum of peacefulness, and then to see what we can do to face the problem. We will avoid making irrational choices for all the wrong reasons. How do we get back to this minimum level of peace? Essentially through prayer, listening to the Word, and believing that God will never abandon us.

—from Fire & Light by Fr. Jacques Philippe, Ch. 5: Interior Peace, A Spiritual Urgency

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