Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, March 15, 2016
PEACE is Loving One Another
Today is another day at St. Viator’s High School in Arlington Heights. A continuation of my Pursuing PEACE Project (#PursuePEACE). Their principal, Fr. Corey Brost, gave me the opportunity to hang out in the lunch room and talk briefly with anyone who came up to the table I had set up on one side of the large room.
Today, both personal definitions are all about loving one another. Each personal definition of PEACE reflects love in a slightly different way. As I have said before, fascinating!
Danielle’s definition: “PEACE is no conflict … just loving one another, understanding one another, and being there for one another when we need it.”
As I watched Danielle write out this well-thought-out definition, I told her what I thought. As she finished up writing, she reflected thoughtfully, “No conflict. Just—no conflict.” She paused, and then said with certainty, “Being there for one another, no matter what.”
Sarah’s definition: “PEACE is always loving your neighbor as yourself, and living in harmony with others.”
When asked to talk further about her definition, Sarah said, “Treat others as you want to be treated. And, be a friend to others when they need it.”
As I see it, love is a foundational aspect of PEACE, in an outward sense. How do we get along with others? How do each of us—as individuals—encourage PEACE in our interactions with family and friends, as well as strangers and even enemies? We love one another. We try to understand each other. As far as each of us is able, we try our very best to live in harmony with each other person we encounter.
Wow! Great way to articulate it, ladies. Thanks so much.
Although stated as a paraphrase, most of these words came from our Lord Jesus. (No wonder it’s excellent advice!) Dear Lord, help me to follow this excellent advice.
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(Gggrrrrr!!! I have been fiddling with the two images for some time. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get them horizontal. Sorry, Danielle! Sorry, Sarah! And, sorry for yesterday’s photo, Maddie! I’ll try to get them straightened out, tomorrow.)