Welcome to 2018! It seems to have made its presence known and felt with an intensity.
As we begin this month, we have a focus that may sound simple and yet requires a deep reflection and sharing with one another. Our focus is PEACE – Pass it On. With the end of the Christmas season just a few days ago, we find that our hearts are filled with the peace that comes from such a beautiful time in our faith journey. Peace feels warm and good and easy. That is, until things begin to change in our life. It has been written that “Peace is the only true direction of human progress.” We all desire to grow as individuals and work with others in creating a peace-filled community, whether in our families, in our workplace, and/or with our friends. But, what is peace? What does it look like? How do we know that we have reached “real” peace. St. Francis of Assisi prayed “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.” In the depths of our heart, we desire to be that instrument. Where do we start? External peace can only happen when there is an inner peace. Each one of us is called to cultivate that peace space within ourselves. It is a place where we find our God and where we place all our concerns, fears, anxieties, and challenges. As we place them there, we place our trust in the God who has promised to be with us all our days. It requires an act of faith, hope, and love. When we find ourselves becoming anxious or doubtful, we must return to that place and renew our peace pact with God. It is in this process that we are invited to Pass It On! Let us teach our children by our example how they can practice peace and grow in their relationship with God.
Let us also teach our children how to use peaceful words, be peaceful problem solvers, and think peaceful thoughts.
We are reminded of the word, “push.” It tells us to pray until something happens. So, let us pray until peace happens…peace in our hearts, in our families, in our communities, and in our world.
Thank you for your generosity to all of us, faculty, staff, and administration during the Christmas season. We are grateful to have the opportunity to grow with you and your family. Many blessings of peace be yours in this new year.
With love and thanks,
Maureen Gillespie Amy Lintner