Experience shows us that peace, which sows charity, the love of God, and love of neighbor in your soul, is the road that leads straight to eternal life.
Take care never to let your heart be troubled, saddened, agitated, or involved in that which can cause it to lose its peace. Rather work always to remain tranquil because the Lord says: "Happy are those who are at peace." Do this and the Lord will build in your soul the City of Peace and he will make of you a House of Delight. That which he wants of you is that, whenever you are troubled, you would recover your calm, your peace, on your own — in your work, in your thoughts, and in all your activities without exception.
Just as a city is not built in a day, do not think that you can achieve, in a day, this peace, this interior calm, because it is within you that a home must be built for God, while you yourself become his temple. And it is the Lord himself who must handle the construction. Without him your work would not exist.
Remind yourself, moreover, that this edifice has humility for its foundation.
Your will should always be ready for every eventuality. And your heart must not be enslaved by anything. When you form some desire, it should not be such as to cause you to experience pain in case of failure, but you should keep your spirit as tranquil as though you had never wished for anything. True freedom consists in not being attached to anything. It is in this detachment that God seeks your soul in order to work his great marvels.
Father Jacques Philippe. "Peace for the Startled and Incredulous." from Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart (Staten Island, NY: St. Pauls/Alba House, 2002).
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Father Jacques Philippe is a spiritual director, retreat master and the founder of the Community of the Beatitudes. He is the author of The Eight Doors of the Kingdom: Meditations on the Beatitudes, Called to Life, Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness and Trust, Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart, Interior Freedom, Fire & Light, Time for God, Thirsting for Prayer, and In the School of the Holy Spirit. His website can be found here.Copyright © 2002 St. Pauls/Alba House
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