Peace

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A song goes; “Peace is something that you give it away, give it away, give it away. Peace is something that you give it away and it comes right back to you. It’s just like a magic penny, hold it tight and you won’t get any. Lend it, shake it away and it comes right back to you.”

“Peace be with you,” Jesus first said to the apostles after his resurrection (John 20:19).  The Lord gives his peace to everyone without charge nor cost. It’s free and available. His giving of peace is immediately followed by words of forgiveness. “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:22-23). The Lord forgave Peter after denying him three times; Thomas, who doubted his rising from the dead; and the rest of the apostles who abandoned him in the garden of Gethsemane. Amazing! 

We want peace and we need to live in peace. But to receive peace we must forgive as the Lord did. Forgiveness is the only doorway to real peace and happiness. Remember that Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and they were spiritually charged and completely changed.

When you run alone it’s called a race. When God runs with you it’s called Grace.

Are you breathing-in toxins of anger, bitterness, hate, envy, pride, and malice? Pray to the Holy Spirit to breathe them out and you will have serenity within yourself and with others. We need to breathe out fear, anxiety, stress, and distress to clean up our filthy spiritual and moral organism and breathe in trust, confidence, hope, and positive thoughts if we want live in peace and have meaningful lives.

The water in the Dead Sea is very salty and toxic, no marine life exists there not even algae because its water is just confined in its basin without outlet. In contrast, the Sea of Galilee is teeming with different kinds of fish and marine life because its water flows out, not stagnant, and therefore is always fresh.

As it were, is your life’s water fresh like the Sea of Galilee teeming with good works of charity, kindness, mercy, compassion, humility, kindness, gentleness, friendliness, honesty, faith, and trust in God and the like down the road? Strive not to be like that of the Dead Sea.       

On the flip side, someone said that people grow when they are loved. Sometimes, you have to go through the darkness to get to the light. Be happy with yourself. If others don’t like it, then let it be, for happiness is a choice. Don’t try to judge how someone is dealing with a pain you have never experienced. Don’t be afraid of being a beginner. Focus on the positives and soon the negatives will disappear. People who defend your name when you are not around are the most loyal friends you could ever get. When you run alone it’s called a race. When God runs with you it’s called Grace. Amen on that folks!

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace.

St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “All those souls who will glorify my mercy and spread its worship, encouraging others to trust in my mercy, will not experience the terror of death. My mercy will shield them in that final battle” (Diary 1540).

DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE

Please join me in pilgrimage to Fatima-100th Anniversary of Apparition, Lourdes, Paris, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Berlin, Germany, Black Madonna Shrine, Divine Mercy Shrine, Vienna, Austria from July 1-24, 2017. Please call Lou Salas (477-8079), Ann Marie (649-3221) or Fr. Joel (483-9464). Thank you!