Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for May 5, 2013

Reflection for May 5, 2013

Jesus' gift: A peace unlike anything of this world

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

On this Sixth Sunday of Easter we hear Jesus say: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27)

What exactly is this peace Jesus offers us? He tells us it's not the peace the world gives. It is a peace that comes from within the soul of each person. It is a calmness that comes from believing and trusting that Jesus is with us every step in our journey through life.

In this busy, noisy world it is not easy to find a quiet space or time to be aware of that inner peace Jesus offers us. This peace is a true gift and can seem hidden under the wrappings of distractions, violence in the world, anger in our hearts, conflict in our lives. Let Jesus' words in today's Gospel help remove those wrappings and allow us to embrace his peace and share it in our lives.

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by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

"The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is the living presence of God in our lives promised by Jesus. The sacrament of Confirmation is a spiritual seal of the Holy Spirit that completes the sacramental graces received in Baptism. Preparation for Confirmation invites us to deeper union with Jesus Christ and a greater reliance on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit strengthens and guides us to live the Christian moral life and take our part in the mission of the Church. The essential rite of Confirmation consists of anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of hands and through the words, "Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit." The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop." (CCC #1299-1314)



I find peace when I have the courage to respond to "that still small voice" urging me to do the right thing, to follow Jesus especially when the way leads to suffering. "Take up your cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)


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