Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

It is often hard to find peace in this world. Regardless of where we are in life, we need to have peace, no matter how hard it may seem to obtain. As a Catholic we have so many spiritual weapons that help us to find that peace, and keep it.

Saying the Rosary daily will help us gain that much needed peace. Saying the Rosary does not make Our Blessed Mother love us more, but it makes our hearts open to "hear" Her better. This goes for going to daily mass. Of course Jesus loves us unconditionally, but when we go to mass, we "Hear" Him much clearer. He gives us that dose of peace we all crave and need.

Years ago I picked up a pamphlet at the back of the church titled, "Finding Inner Peace. The ABC's of Serenity."[1] I recently stumbled upon it again and have been reading it.

Here is a part of it I'd like to share. It is under the "B" section of the ABC's.

B2, Bloom where God has planted you.

Serenity springs up when we stop prolonging the winter of our discontent all year round. Great tranquility of mind and heart can be ours if we are content with the way God has arranged our lives. In the seed of contentment is hidden the rich harvest of serenity.

If we are always grumbling and groaning about our human lot, how serene can we expect to be? Our groaning can be exterior or merely interior; In either case it spoils our chance for personal peace and happiness.

God could have planted us elsewhere -- in an African village or an Indian slum. The fact is that he has placed us where he has placed us, and here he wants us to blossom, to bear fruit, to lead productive and happy lives.

Serenity comes to those with a vital faith in God's wisdom and providence. Strange beings that we are, traversing the earth in search of happiness, we all too easily forget that happiness is a state of mind. Diogenes was content with this tub, while for Alexander the whole world was too small.

St. Paul had learned to be content in whatever circumstances he found himself (Phil 4:11). He taught Timothy that we ought to be content if we have food and clothing (1 Tim 6:8). Imprisoned and in chains, Paul showed his contentment by praying and singing hymns to God at midnight (Acts 16:25).

Why did it take the Israelites so long to cross a desert that they could have covered in a few months or less? Because they were always grumbling about something. So they took one step forward and two steps backward, and that went on for 40 years! Most of them never did get to see their Promised Land.

There is promosed land of serenity for us in this world if we learn the secret of contentment with God's work in our lives.


THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS


"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10


[1] to order a copy of this pamphlet call 1-800-325-9521. or go to www.liguori.org.

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