Jesus in the Word, this week refers to Peace. St Francis de Sales says that there are three things about living in peace that we should never forget. Peace does not mean living without pain. You lose peace not when you are trouble free, but when you cease to be dependent on God and fail in your duties. God is never the source of our anxiety, because anxiety is the enemy of peace, it cannot come from God. Fight anxiety, send it on its way. We cannot keep our peace by losing it.
We do what we can to find the peace of Christ and then Jesus does the rest. However this does not mean that there is no price to be paid. Almost certainly we will need to leave things behind we have clung to of being self sufficient and abounding in self-love. This is what Jesus means when He said “not peace but the sword.” It is painful to separate us from our self-love. His sword will leave our hearts raw because we will resist. This wrenching precedes peace. If we try, God will do the rest and the promised peace will come. It comes from a surrender to Him. This is real serenity.
God love you
Fr Frank is very grateful for all the prayers and well wishes. Please keep him in your prayers.