The Gift of Peace
February 17, 2023
Dear Family of Mary!
This is a time in which peace is threatened throughout the world. We feel it in our bones. Our countries seem to have lost their balance, as animosity grows between nations and peoples everywhere. The unrest overwhelms us. But Jesus, our King, is still with us. He is the King of Peace. And He is the source of peace. And so we have great hope, that one day this current state of animosity will be conquered by the Lord of Peace.
Our Lady has called us to peace, over and over in her messages. I found the word peace at least 611 times in her messages. And indeed, Our Lady told us she has come as the Queen of Peace. She brings us the peace that we so desperately need. And she asks us to give that peace to all we meet.
Listen to these two messages about peace:
January 25, 2000 “Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God’s peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
September 25, 2008 “Dear children! May your life, anew, be a decision for peace. Be joyful carriers of peace and do not forget that you live in a time of grace, in which God gives you great graces through my presence. Do not close yourselves, little children, but make good use of this time and seek the gift of peace and love for your life so that you may become witnesses to others. I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
St. Paul gave a very good recipe for peace in his letter to the Philippians. (I know I just shared this scripture recently, but it is one we need to return to often!!):
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.
Have no anxiety about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
What you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me, do;
and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)
No matter what the world is going through, we must be those who give peace. For that, we need to learn how to think peace and be peace!! Jesus and Mary show us how to think and be peace! With them, we can become those who give peace to others.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
(c) Mary TV 2023