If we want peace, we must work for justice. How do I live a just life where I’m able to give others their due? I must constantly reach beyond myself and find my true, authentic self and learn to live in the Spirit of peace. Peace is not violent. Peace is compassion and mercy. It is forgiveness and humility.
Having gained understanding, I feel the need to make up for lost time and give the time I have remaining to God. Since God can use everything and everything is good, then an essential starting point of being able to discern God’s will is the gift of being “equal-minded.” St. Ignatius of Loyola called this gift being “indifferent,” but some modern people interpret this term as not caring about the choices. Better is the term “equal minded,” which implies that I am happy to take either this option or that option. Neither option matters to me except insofar as one gives greater glory to God than the other. When we embrace change we can make a difference. As Christ bearers, we are promised a new mindset, a new way of thinking. That new way is charity and love.
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.Ephesians 4:1-3
Thank you, Lord, for Your Spirit of Peace.