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PEACE: Serenity and a Community of Love

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, April 18, 2016


PEACE: Serenity and a Community of Love

Some days ago, I went to St. Viator’s High School in Arlington Heights. 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.

This was a wonderful chance to talk with young people and get their viewpoints on PEACE.

The first definition of the day comes from Angela. Her personal definition: “PEACE is serenity. <3”

When I asked her for a further description of her definition, she said, “Serenity is your own peace of mind. Peace with serenity is being okay with who you are.”

Wow, Angela! You hit the nail on the head. Exactly what so many people are looking for. If you or I (or anyone else, for that matter) strives for peace and serenity, you have a fantastic definition of peace with serenity (being okay with who you are!).

The second definition is from Mary. Her personal definition: “Peace is a community of LOVE.”


Mary said her definition actually had two parts. The first part? “We are all part of a community and this is the community part of the definition. That means accepting others as they are. The second half is personal, about peaceful people in my life. And, being able to accept others in relation to myself.”

Serenity and community of love? Yes, please.

Dear God, encourage each of us to seek out serenity, as well as a loving community. Please, God. (God willing.)


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