Peace

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 […]

The Grace To Do Our Part

Lastly, there’s another quality in the Serenity Prayer that makes it special. It is a petition for God to give us grace to do our part, rather than to bypass us and do it all on his own. That’s the way it should be, a more human way. And it’s generally the way God chooses […]

“But are you really putting God first?”

—from Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler, Ch. 31 “That’s great. It really is”, I said. “And maybe that was God calling out to you that night—I could believe that. But the truth is that people who follow him have crappy lives all the time.” He snapped out of his daze. “Oh, well, if […]

What the Church Offers

The world offers celebrities to idolize…the Church offers Saints to follow. The world offers noise…the Church offers Peace. The world offers false dreams…the Church offers the Truth. The world offers and celebrates vice…the Church offers a life of Virtue. The world offers earthly pleasures…the Church offers eternal Heaven + “In former times, Christians were incited to renounce Christ; now they are taught to deny Christ.  Then they were forced, now they are taught; […]

The “You Shall Nots”

The “you shall nots” are less a list of restrictions and limitations than an invitation to keep turning back to God, who will “satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Ps 145:16). The “shall nots” say, “Don’t steal that; look at me. Don’t objectify her with lust; look at me. Don’t nurse your anger unto […]