Peace of Soul

When people desire anything to an excessive degree, they immediately lose their peace of soul. + We find our peace only by resisting our passions, not by giving in to them. Peace is in the heart of the devout and fervent, not in those who are carnal and give themselves to outward things. —from The […]

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 […]

The Source and Foundation of Peace

“But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Pt 3:13-14) At the conclusion of a passage evoking the coming of the Day of […]

I Burned For Your Peace

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit will I seek thee early” (Is 26:9). St. Augustine knew that longing, when he wrote this most poignant passage in his Confessions: Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were […]

Peace is…

Peace is the fruit of justice. […] Peace is the tranquility of order, not tranquility alone; for robbers can be tranquil in the possession of their spoils. Peace also implies order, the subordination of the body to the soul, of the senses to reason, and of the creature to the Creator. —from Life of Christ […]

The Only Moment That Mediates God’s Will

We often live in the past and the future at the same time, which gives us a feeling of inner division and is perhaps the main cause of our weariness. + When we are so preoccupied with our past and our future, we naturally have neither energy nor openness left for the present moment, the […]

Happy and Holy Abandonment and Peace

“You continue to cling to your fears and doubts”, [de Caussade] writes to a sister who complains to him. “You study them too much, instead of despising them and abandoning yourself entirely to God as I have preached to you for a long time past. Without this happy and holy abandonment you will never enjoy a […]