Peace of Heart

Peace is underrated, and occasionally misunderstood. If “peace is ‘the tranquillity of order'” (CCC 2304), then what is the right way to order things in our lives? Again and again, the Bible tells us to let God figure that out:

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul and Timothy encourage the people: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-8). Peace comes from telling God what you need, then letting Him work.

The storm from Mark, when Jesus is sleeping soundly until He is shaken awake by his worried disciples, is dissipated by a few words from Jesus’s mouth: “He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind ceased and there was great calm” (Mk 4:39). Peace is the virtue that comes with trusting God in the storms.

Jesus promises: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (Jn 14:27). He does not merely take away the troubles and fears of the world, but gives us His peace generously.

In the letter to the Colossians, Paul and Timothy instruct the people: “And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.” Finally, God doesn’t just invite us to experience the peace that comes to guard our hearts and minds—He invites us to let it control our hearts, to change how we feel and how we live.

In other words, peace is more than just the absence of war or worry. It is so much more than a “not,” or than an empty space: it is an active choice that we make when we place our fragile lives into the all-powerful, all-gentle hands of a good Father.

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