Tag: Peace

Friday 21st October: The World Wants to Steal Your Peace

The theme of this school week is: Peace

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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Reflection

The world wants to steal your peace. Your mind wants to steal your peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27

The world and your mind will steal your peace by what you focus on. Focus on the  media bombarding you with images and messages of fear and unrest and you will receive more unrest. Focus on feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, grief with your thoughts, and you will not have peace.

If peace is what you seek, focus your thoughts on this prayer for peace:

Dear God,

I need your peace now.

Silence my thoughts of confusion.

Silence my thoughts of anxiety.

Silence my thoughts of grief or despair.

Silence my thoughts of hurt or anger.

When there is chaos and turmoil surrounding me, shelter and protect me with your peace and loving, powerful presence.

As I take this time to stop and pray, fill me with your peaceful presence.

With each breath I take, I breathe in your peace that surpasses all understanding.

Help me to focus on peace instead of unrest.

I surrender my unrest to you so that I may receive peace.

Help me to be a spark that ignites peace in others.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 20th October: Finding Peace in Christ

The theme of this school week is: Peace.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

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Scripture

“I have told you these things so that you will have peace in Me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage! I have conquered the world.” – John 16:33

Reflection

What troubles are you facing in life right now? Are you letting those worries and trials keep you from maintaining your interior peace? God is bigger than those burdens…He has conquered them! Do not allow yourself to lose peace, for the devil knows that you are at your weakest when he has caused you to lose the interior peace you have in Christ. God promises us he has everything under His control. Trust in that.

Challenge: What concrete things can you do this week to cultivate peace in your life?

Prayer

Lead me to your still streams O Lord
Where I can kneel in the waters of life
Lay down my anxious thoughts
And cast all my cares on You

Here I will wait a while
Wait a while
And bathe in the life-giving waters

Bathe my mind in Your Spirit O God
Come fill my being with Your peace

Bathe my heart with Your love O God
Come still my being with Your peace

Bathe my spirit with Your freedom O God
Come saturate this life with Your peace.

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 19th October: Peace the World Does Not Give

Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Reflection

Where does a man find the kind of peace that is not just the absence of trouble–the kind of peace that cannot be affected by trouble, danger, or sorrow? It is ironic that what is surely the most definitive discourse on peace in all of Scripture comes from the Lord Jesus on the night before He died in agony. He knew what He was facing, yet He still took time to comfort His disciples with the message of peace:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” – John 14:27

The peace Jesus is speaking of enables believers to remain calm in the most wildly fearful circumstances. It enables them to hush a cry, still a riot, rejoice in pain and trial, and sing in the middle of suffering.

Prayer

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed, kindle in the hearts of all men the true love of peace, and guide with Your pure and peaceable wisdom those who make decisions for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility Your kingdom may go forward, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of Your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 17th October: Peace

The theme of this school week is Peace.

Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Scripture

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

Reflection

Most people in our world don’t understand peace as a positive concept. All they know is the negative aspect of peace, which is merely the absence of trouble. The definition of peace in many languages of the world illustrates that. For example, the Quechua Indians in Ecuador and Boliviause a word for peace that literally translates, “to sit down in one’s heart.” For them peace is the opposite of running around in the midst of constant anxieties. The Chol Indians of Mexico define peace as “a quiet heart.” Those may be beautiful ways to put it, but they still seem to leave us with only the negative idea that peace is the absence of trouble.

Peace can only come about when we learn to treat each other as brothers and sisters and recognise our shared vocation as children of God.

“Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its Divine Founder, and actualized by men as they thirst after ever greater justice”. Gaudium et Spes– “The Joys and Hopes” paragraph 78.

Prayer:

Let us pray:

We confess that in our lives we do not
Always choose the way of peace.
We spread gossip which fans the flame of hatred.
We are ready to make any sacrifices when Caesar demands –
but few when God invites.
We worship the false god of security and nationalism
We hold out our hand in friendship –
But keep a weapon in the other behind our back
We have divided your body of people
Into those we trust and those we do not.
Huge problems challenge us in the world –
But our greed, fear and selfishness prevent
us from uniting to solve them
Lord, we pray for your help,
Your forgiveness and your
Reconciling power in our lives.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

Wednesday 21st September: World Peace Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

Today is World Peace Day. It is also the feast day of St Matthew. In St Matthews Gospel we hear these words from Jesus:

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” -Matthew 5:6-9

We are called to be peacemakers because we are Children of God, but we live in a world that is clearly not at peace. Why is that? Pope Francis offers this explanation in regards to our attitude to problems in the world that cause a lack of peace:

“Today, indifference is often linked to various forms of individualism which cause isolation, ignorance, selfishness and, therefore, lack of interest and commitment.” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has chosen this theme for the 2016: “Overcome indifference and win peace”

What can I do in my life to win peace? Where am I indifferent to the problems of the world? What is one thing I can do about it?

Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you,” Bring peace into the world By bringing Your peace into the hearts of all. Help us to turn away from sin And to follow You in love and service.
Glory be yours, and honour, For ever and ever. Amen.

We turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus, asking her to pray for us:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us

St Joseph, pray for us.

St Matthew, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.