- is one of the Fruits of the Spirit
- has been called the tranquility of order
- is true security rooted in faith in Christ’s resurrection and the infinite Goodness of God
- is a state that endures beyond life’s ups and downs and beyond joy and sorrow
- is the perfect harmony of the immense complexity of the human organism
- supports the knowing that all is well
- is one result of the deep rest communicated during Centering Prayer
- OMOH: 48, 132
- FG: 19, 107, 108, 114
- MC: 78, 81, 102, 104
- IG: 96, 97
- TS: 56
- BP: 97
As a Fruit of the Spirit, Peace is the pervasive sense of contentment that comes from being rooted in God while being fully aware of one’s own nothingness. It is a state that endures beyond the ups and downs of life and beyond the emotions of joy and sorrow. At the deepest level one knows that all is well, that everything is perfect and just right despite all appearances to the contrary.
Peace, as a Fruit of the Spirit, is the pervasive sense of contentment that comes from being rooted in God while being fully aware of one’s own weakness and nothingness. This Peace endures beyond life’s ups and downs. At the deepest level, one knows that all is well, despite all appearances and feelings to the contrary.
The activity of this fruit of the Spirit establishes peace in us and puts order into our sense and spiritual faculties, uniting them and relating them to our inmost being where God dwells. This is the peace Jesus speaks of as “not of this world.” Once peace is established, we can be a source of peace to others.
The fruit of Peace is the result of Christ’s resurrection. The forgiveness of all sin and the consequent restoration of friendship with God is the great triumph of Jesus’ sacrifice.
The sense of Peace that we normally experience in the first few years of Centering Prayer is redefined as an abiding state that St. Paul calls “the peace that surpasses all understanding.” It does not have a particular content. We are not peaceful about something; we are just pervasively at peace.
Peace is a pervasive sense of contentment or well being.
Are you aware of your rootedness in God? Are you becoming aware of your own nothingness? Are you a source of peace to others?
You are rooted in God. All is well. Your peace endures.