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Peace and Order
The idea of peace gets thrown around a lot. During Mass, the priest says “peace be with you” several times. We also hear the phrase, “peace on earth to men of good will.” The intentions at mass often include praying for peace too.
But, what are we really talking about when it comes to “peace?”
When we hear “peace,” images of bumper stickers and tie-dye shirts might come to mind. Or, you may think of peace as a state of nonviolence, peace between nations. In our own lives, peace can be a feeling — we can feel peace about a decision. But, there’s more to peace than just these instinctual thoughts.
Peace is defined as the tranquility of order. We experience peace as a result of living ordered toward God’s will. It’s not just a feeling, but a product of living a certain way.
While we want to experience peace in our own lives, and bring that peace to others, that middle step (order) is often overlooked . Many of us have probably felt uneasy when we don’t feel at peace with a decision — something feels off, it’s out of order. That tranquility we once had is lost.
So, when we’re talking about peace, there are a few things to keep in mind. The path to peace in our lives must pass through order. The goal is to live lives ordered toward God. And in doing so, we not only bring peace into our own lives, but more importantly, we bring glory to God.