We have today the announcement of two births. It is a reminder of the greatness of the Lord in hearing the ache and longing of two women who have long been barren and desiring of children. If you are in this place my message is to you. Do not be afraid for God hears your plea and will grant your prayer according to His most Holy Will. These readings are a reminder of an important truth. From our Mother’s womb we have been consecrated to the Lord to do His work and bring deliverance to the people of God. We are given the stirring of the Holy Spirit. Any Children begotten within our womb shall be blessed and will bring about the gift of God and we must stir into flame an openness to His hand. Even if these children do not yet exist our hearts must be ready and willing to be an open channel of the grace to of God and be a loving presence of His hand. How am I a channel? How do I recognize that God indeed will hear my prayer and I will have joy and gladness? What can I do now to prepare for the coming of His will?
feel or show great joy or delight.”he rejoiced when he saw his friend alive”
happiness, pleasure, joy, gladness, delight, elation, jubilation, exuberance, exultation, celebration, revelry, merrymaking “news of the war’s end unleashed a spectacle of rejoicing in the streets”
cause joy to.”I love to rejoice their poor Hearts at this season”
◦ be joyful, be happy, be pleased, be glad, be delighted, be elated, be ecstatic, be euphoric, be overjoyed, be as pleased as punch, be jubilant, be in raptures, be beside oneself with joy, be delirious, be thrilled, be on cloud nine, be in seventh heaven; More
Hi everyone! With me is Rose Rea publisher of Radiant Magazine. She is so wonderful and has provided us with some deep insight on peace. Here is our conversation.
How would you describe peace? And how does one arrive there?
To find peace in my life means seeking God; seeking Him in the scriptures, seeking Him in Adoration, and seeking Him in silence. I love spending time in absolute silence just listening for Him. That is where I find my peace…that and mass, of course. I just love going to daily mass, it’s quieter than during the weekend and feels more intimate to me. Anyone can find peace by taking the first step of seeking Christ in the Eucharist, try going to daily mass. It opens the door to so many beautiful gifts God has waiting for them!
In your experience what builds peace? How can one calculate it?
I think I answered that in the question above.
With Your work with Radiant Magazine Can you tell me what got you started? How do you desire to help build a culture of peace with it?
I had a deep desire to speak the truth to young women in a culture saturated with lies telling them their worth was measured in material things, other’s opinions of them, what kind of partner they had, etc. Our worth is found in God alone and no one else. I felt compelled to share truthful ways and examples of God and His infinite love being lived out in young women’s lives all throughout the United States to build up a culture of hope and love along with sharing the beauty and depth of the teachings of our Catholic Faith.
What do you see in the culture that either destroys or builds peace?
I see a never-ending rat race all around us and with social media, it has escalated alarmingly. In our sinful nature, we always set the bar higher and higher and it’s impossible to attain it. True peace is thanking God for what He’s given us and what He’s asking of us, no matter the pain or cost. We have to trust in His infinite goodness and remember that the only goal in this life is to get to heaven and to get as many souls there as possible. Not what car we drive or purse we carry. With that goal in mind, I experience profound peace in sufferings sometimes, it’s as if I can feel myself being purified of my sinfulness and failings as well as offering it up for those who do not know Christ and how much He loves us.
Do you have any words for someone searching for peace?
Step back and count your blessings. Think about all the times in your life that you were unsure or nervous about something and how it always worked out for the best and even if you failed, you learned something. Being aware of the way God is working in our lives brings peace and letting go and putting your trust in Him, the one who created us and knit us in our mother’s wombs. “”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:5
He alone knows how to fulfill our deepest desires and longings. Discouragement and despair is not from God, when those thoughts start to creep in, as they will at some point, shut them off, they will help no one. Focus on God, not on your failings. That is what helps me maintain peace.
How have you seen God’s hand of peace in your life? How do you help others build it?
I feel and see God’s hand working in my life every time I seek Him, He has never failed me, never. I may not get the answer I want all of the time, but I trust in His Divine Providence much more than my small hopes and dreams. To build a culture of peace, we must all love and we can do that by loving God first, then our neighbor and then ourselves. Every time I put God and neighbor above my own selfish wants, I always feel peace, no matter how difficult it is. I have found the times I have put myself first, I have always regretted it. Selfishness is never the answer, selflessness is. That is where peace dwells.
John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Today’s time seems to think that God could care less what happens to us. As if He doesn’t know what we are about. Yet He does know when I sit and when I stand when I lay down and when I rise. All my ways are known to Him.
God desires to journey closely with us if we only let Him. He is there both in my joys and sorrows, when I am up or down. He knows me intimately for He made me. It is tiring to journey alone. It takes so much energy and drive. It is easier to walk when you have someone to put your strength on. And God says, “They that hope in the Lord renew their strength.”
He says, “Come to me and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for yourselves.” That does not sound like a God who doesn’t care to me. It sounds like a God who wants to be intimately involved in my life. Yet the secret is attaching ourselves to Him. Letting Him be the one in control for He knows all things. It means being vulnerable before Him and just telling Him exactly how it is and what is going on and what I think about things. God will not turn a cold shoulder. He will embrace us and guide us safely to Himself.
God promises to come and dwell specially with us. These are powerful words that need space to actually sink in. He wants to live with us. He incarnated into flesh. He walked the earth and became like us in all things but sin. He had a time period in history and yet he transcends all time. He is present in the Eucharist in the same way He came to earth. And He will be present again in the flesh when He comes again. And why? He desires to dwell with His people. He desires the peace of our presence. He paid the ultimate price. Can we let Him in to dwell with us?
God provides for our every need,
Giving gifts and working mighty deeds.
He makes a righteous way,
On which we trod and travel on,
In peace when living by this way,
And if we stray in agony.
We come before him in paralysis of sin,
Our friends bringing us before God,
When we are frozen.
Yet what does God say?
“Your sins are forgiven.”
Yet it seems that we distrust and so He further acts,
“Stand pick up your mat and walk.”
We have healing and can journey freely,
Life and harmony.
Our hearts desire met,
The promise we must keep,
Walking toward eternity.
noun: peace; noun: the peace
1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.”you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion”
2 synonyms: tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness; Moreprivacy, solitude
“can’t a man get any peace around here?”
◦ mental calm; serenity.”the peace of mind this insurance gives you”
◦ serenity, peacefulness, tranquility, equanimity, calm, calmness, composure, ease, contentment, contentedness “peace of mind”
◦ agitation, distress
2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.”the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace”
synonyms: law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, nonviolence; formalconcord “we pray for peace”
◦ a period of this.”the peace didn’t last”
◦ a treaty agreeing to the cessation of war between warring states.”support for a negotiated peace”
◦ treaty, truce, ceasefire, armistice, cessation/suspension of hostilities “a lasting peace”
◦ freedom from civil disorder.”police action to restore peace”
◦ law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, nonviolence; formalconcord “we pray for peace”
◦ freedom from dispute or dissension between individuals or groups.”the 8.8 percent offer that promises peace with the board”
3. a ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity.
1. used as a greeting.
2. used as an order to remain silent.
We have so much conflict and people rejecting the Mercy of God. It seems we are in an age of bargaining with Him to get what we want. Such an era of narcissism and selfishness. So many people turn from Him. Yet what Love; God became man. He has done everything he could do for us. All He wants is us to become one with Him. He wants us to come back to Him and be happy. He gives every opportunity to have us turn from our sin and is so patient with our efforts. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, but who needs to be afraid if one is prepared? God has prepared everything for us. He wants us to love and serve Him here and be with Him in the next life. Eternity in harmony with Him. He wants that peace to begin here for us. But where does it come from? From right living and from listening and doing His commands. It is the fruit of living righteously and in communion with God and each other. My prayer for you this week is that you can find peaceful harmony within your soul. Journey with me from the noise and the chaos to deep interior calm though the tempest may rage about us; growing very tumultuous to explode in grandiose power.
Peace and Blessings,
What a Father we have! He sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. We should be peaceful children with so noble and caring a Father. It is precisely with these boundaries that we can grow. What father doesn’t tell us to do something for our own good and safety when we are in his care? It is in these lines we learn what is important and how to care for ourselves and others and make responsible decisions. There is consequences for those who do not listen and blessings for those who do. How do we remain the peaceful and happy people we are called to be? Our dad will not get on our case when we listen to his words and act on them. The trust and love grows deeper when we on a track record routinely do this. One who has done this has a pretty good chance that the father will listen to his call for aid and come to hear and answer. That doesn’t mean though that when we take a wrong turn we are not loved. Far from the truth. The love is a tough love to make a mark on us and teach us to do right.
So it is with our Heavenly Father. We call to Him, “Lord, Lord.” But only the one who does the will of the Heavenly Father will enter the kingdom of heaven. Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them is like a man who builds his house on the rock. The wind and rains came and buffeted the house but it stood firm and did not fall.
Today we have Christ rejoicing in the Spirit that His Father reveals to the childlike the mysteries of the faith and hides them from the wise and learned of the world. The love between them is so deep. Jesus reveals the Father to us. And the Father holds us in His hand. We see that the Father sent His Son into the world in fulfillment of His prophecy. And what has this Son done?
He came anointed with the Spirit and just in His ways and works. What love to come to this earth to take on our sin and pay the price for it! Take a minute and read The Promise of God in the Old Testament in relation to the stump of Jessie.
How blessed are we to see what we see! God still works mighty wonders and many desired to see what we see and did not.