Peace be with you. Peace I leave with you. Peace I give unto you. Go in peace.
We talk peace. We shout peace. We think peace. We all want peace.
But what exactly does each one expect of peace? For this, we individually have our own ideas.
But by deductive process, we find that the temporal peace we all crave for fall into each and/or every one of the following things.
Our elemental concept of peace first and foremost assumes that we are in possession of financial or economic security. The kind that allows us to sufficiently take care of ourselves, our families and loved ones, with just enough efforts and difficulties as to allow us to enjoy it in due time and measure. This extends to our capabilities to provide the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, and overall health and safety of those we are responsible for.
Beyond this, we would find peace if we can continue to find ample opportunities for our robust cravings for continual activity, so our lives are not desolate and dreary, or bereft of the pleasant activities that are of value to us and that enrich our memories..
We also have peace when we feel that we have developed satisfying and considerable human friendships and bonds that bring smiles and pleasant memories.
Because our very nature hankers for it, we feel peaceful and serene, when we are blest by praise and admiration from our fellow human beings and peers.
With these we feel our lives as fulfilled and in contentment, and therefore at salutary peace with ourselves and the world.
But Christ’s concept of peace for us is quite simple and straightforward. He demands straight thinking in following His will unselfishly. Said differently, it means taking up His Cross and following Him
Can we reconcile the temporal with the spiritual? That is the overriding question that ought to provoke us each day.
To bear the cross and to love it
To chastise the body to subjection
To fly honors and suffer reproaches
To despise oneself and wish others do
To bear all adversities and losses
And finally to desire no prosperity.
God knows all are not part of man’s natural inclination. Still we are asked to go against them for doing so leads to the only path to inner peace and tranquility.