Peace for the New Year

Consider the surface of a lake, above which the sun is shining. If the surface of the lake is peaceful and tranquil, the sun will be reflected in this lake; and the more peaceful the lake, the more perfectly will it be reflected. If, on the contrary, the surface of the lake is agitated, undulating, then the image of the sun can not be reflected in it.

It is a bit like this with regard to our soul in relationship to God. The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in it, the more His image expresses itself in us, the more His grace acts through us. On the other hand, if our soul is agitated and troubled, the grace of God is able to act only with much greater difficulty.

~from Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Father Jacques Phillipe

  • AWOL Mommy

    Great meditation, great goal. I wonder how Father Phillipe would address the insane little row boats I have rowing through my pond at all hours and splashing one another with their oars? No, I know the answer to that. Great one, Tex.

  • B-mama

    Gosh, to think about all the days of my life where my lake has been anything but tranquil! What a wonderful piece to meditate on… Thank you, Tex!

  • Kat

    Beautiful! I once heard someone say that she valued her peace more than anything else, and that it made a huge difference in her life. She used the example of being stuck at a crowded airport with her young children during the holidays, with long delays and bad weather. She said that she valued her peace more than getting to her destination on time, and so she was able to remain calm and be present to her family. This story has stuck with me, and I think about it from time to time when there is something threatening to disturb my peace!

  • Texas Mommy

    Kat, thanks for sharing that anecdote…I love to see examples of this beautiful ideal in practice!!