As some of you know, peace of heart is one of the things that I have found attractive about the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. We act out of the grace of the Spirit which brings peace. I think of this gift as a certain tranquility of heart–and so it is.
Carolyn Arends has an interesting article in the November Christianity Today about peace. What strikes me in her meditation on the beatitudes is her focus on the expansiveness of the word peace to include “harmony, wholeness and right relationship.” [p. 69] In particular I liked her call for us to be peacemakers where we are in the circumstances of our lives–affirming others, doing the good, building relationships.
Christ’s peace embraces many dimensions–and is to be shared each day!
What a challenge.