Friday, 27 January 2017

Clinging to Peace

As Catholics we tend to sometimes have a gloomy view of life. The idea of "offering up all our trials and sufferings" takes over and blinds us from what true suffering is, to bring us to the greater good. God never intended for suffering to be the main focus, rather the main focus in everyone's spiritual life should always be peace.

Peace of soul is essential, because without peace there is nothing to fall back on. Peace is the clarity of conscience, the confidence in our Faith, the solid love and trust we have in our God. If at the end of the day our hearts aren't at peace, and are rather struggling with all our trials and trying to hold onto the fibres of peace left in our souls, then we're doing something very wrong. The first thing we must always remember is that we need to be doing God's will at all time. If you are in a situation, whether it be a job where people are mistreating you, or there are people in your family who are influencing you in a negative way, or your general environment is bringing you down, you need to find a way to fix these things, work around them, and make a change. Of course avoiding suffering is impossible, but unnecessary situations that are causing strain to your life need to be avoided, as it isn't God's will. God wants you to have a happy life in this world and the next. He may give us tests to strengthen us, maybe a situation to go through to help us be better people, but my dear reader, cling to the peace of your soul, for it is there and there alone that Our Blessed Lord dwells. If your heart calls you to a different environment, or a different vocation, or even a different circle of friends, follow it confidently! God is peace, and will always show you where you will be most happy in life as long as we trust Him.

For example imagine a young boy who was disabled. This boy is still a precious soul created by Our Lord, but the right environment is necessary for him to thrive and get to heaven. Why, with all our pride, do we think that we have to live in conditions that aren't peaceful and good for our souls? Do we think that God only wills us to take the cruelty of the world? Of course not! God wants us to fight for our peace and find where that peace lies!
 

Never let anyone take away your peace. Because where peace lies, grace and salvation dwells also.