EASTER, 5TH WEEK, WED. 5/21-PEACE OF OUR HEARTS

PEACE:  To permit the grace of God to act in us and to produce in us (with the cooperation, of course, of our will, our intelligence and our capabilities) all those “good works for which God prepared us beforehand, so that we might lead our lives in the performance of good works” (Eph 2:10), it is of the greatest importance that we strive to acquire and maintain an interior peace, the peace of our hearts. 

In order to understand this we can use an image (without exaggerating, as we should always avoid doing in making comparisons); but one that can be illuminating.  Consider the surface of a lake, above which the sun is shining.  If the surface of the lake is peaceful and tranquil, the sun will be reflected in this lake; and the more peaceful the lake, the more perfectly will it be reflected.  If, on the contrary, the surface of the lake is agitated, undulating, then the image of the sun can not be reflected in it.

It is a little bit like this with regard to our soul in relationship to God.  The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in it, the more his image expresses itself in us, the more his grace acts through us.  On the other hand, if our soul is agitated and troubled, the grace of God is able to act only with much greater difficulty.  ALL THE GOOD THAT WE CAN DO IS A REFLECTION OF THE ESSENTIAL GOOD, WHICH IS GOD.  The more our soul is peaceful, balanced and surrendered, the more this Good communicates itself to us and to others through us.  “THE LORD GIVES STRENGTH TO HIS PEOPLE, THE LORD BLESSES HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE,”  Scripture says (Ps 29:11). (Father Jacques Philippe-Father is a French priest, a renowned spiritual director.)

PRAYER:  May the spoken words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart, win favor in your sight, O Lord. (Ps 19:15)

I have called to you, Lord; hasten to help me! Hear my voice when I cry to you.  Let my prayer arise before you like incense, the raising of my hands like an evening oblation…..Psalm 141.

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