Growing in Faith
A Holy Union Reflection for March 2020
Our March reflection comes to us from Sr. Mary Jean Audette, SUSC. This Reflection was originally posted in August 2005, but is being re-posted due to its relevance for today’s times. Many thanks to Sr. Mary Jean.
Peace…such an easy word to say.
It has a soothing sound. When you say it slowly, it’s calming.
You might almost call it a smooth word – with no harsh sounds.
It’s not a word that you would want to shout,
For shouting is a kind of violence, and disrupts a peaceful atmosphere.
And yet, peace is not just a word, is it?
Does it have a face?
Some say it’s the absence of war.
But that’s not really true.
For there can be times of unrest without war.
And unrest is not peace.
Some say it’s the lack of noise.
Then again, that is not really peace, but only silence.
You may say that peace can be the calming presence of a loved one;
Or a memory of happy times with family and friends.
What other images do you have?
When have you ever looked for peace?
When have you ever prayed for peace?
At home? At work?
In your neighborhood?
In the larger world?
Read St. Paul’s closing words to the Philippians: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guide your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6)
Now look to Jesus and hear him as he assures his disciples and us during his final discourse at the Last Supper: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” (John 14:27)
Now go in peace and share this gift with everyone.