“Peace that demands unreal conditions is a deception. There is no life without work, anxieties, or tensions. Peace is not found in avoiding these but in understanding them and confidently controlling their force.” [Sister Wendy Beckett] From this inner tranquility peace enters relationship through practical involvement in the distress of another. It understands – knows – the significance of their felt stresses, so that my peace can better meet their anxieties, without judgment – as they are.
In this fifth week of Lent may you know inner tranquility by practicing peace in your work and stresses and anxieties, and be an instrument of that peace in another’s cares.