I’ll Take a Peace of That!

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

We are living today in a time of unprecedented prosperity, yet many are suffering from depression, anxiety and a general sense of hopelessness.  Why is this?  Anytime man tries to obtain peace independent of a relationship with Christ, he is going to be terribly disappointed.  Yes, a typical person will from time to time experience a degree of peace at different points in life, but for the most part this peace is temporary and inconsistent.  Jesus makes a point of saying that he will not give his followers the peace of the world rather, he promised them God’s peace.  The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, speaks of more than simply feeling good; it connotes a sense of wholeness, well-being, friendship, safety, prosperity, health, tranquillity and contentment.  The only way that this kind of peace can be experienced is by entering into a serious relationship with Jesus. Today, let’s make it a priority to walk and talk with the Prince of Peace.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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