Monday, June 13, 2016

Let There Be Peace

Yesterday, our country experienced a tremendous loss when the mass shooting took place in Orlando, Florida.  Many lives were lost and many are still recovering in the hospital.  We pray for all the victims and the first responders that they may experience the peace and love of God.  It is a time to reach out to others in peace not in hatred.  Our world is feeling a tremendous sense of loss and pain and we need to be there for one another to reach out in compassion and mercy. 

The song, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me,” is most fitting for today.  If we want peace, it must begin with me. Demonstrate peace from within and send it into the world.

If we are not at peace ourselves then we need to find our inner peace. Ask God for it. To have peace in our world, we need to make peace. Jesus, said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”  

Ask yourself, am I a peacemaker? Where can I be God’s instrument of peace? Is at work, church, with my family or community? Do your small part by starting in your corner of the world. If you want peace–then make peace.
Let us remember today the words of St. FrancisLord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Pat Schifini, OSU

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