Today to start out our conversation about peace seems unfitting in a way when we reflect on what has happened in our country this week. Twenty-seven people lost their lives to senseless violence. Our hearts have been broken and a heaviness continues to linger. The other day I posted on Facebook the following prayer by Teresa of Ávila about peace, faith and hope. It has resonated in my being as I try to make sense of what has happened.
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and everyone of you.”
― Teresa of Ávila
“We must give our troubled hearts a rest and banish your fears. This is my commandment love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this.” (Taken from Laurence Freeman’s introductory speech in the CD entitled “The Way of Peace”). We are a nation hungry for wisdom and peace.
The Way of Peace is a CD that is being highlighted in this weeks Weekly Teaching. While the main topic concerns itself with if we use Jesus to justify violence, it’s relevant as we look at a more global understanding of peace for the world.
My wish for you, during this next week, find time for needed silence to meditate to find peace within yourself so that you may be a beacon for others.
How are you coping? What have you found to give you peace during this turbulent time?