Thursday, December 22, 2011


Peace  -- That seems to be the message in most of the Christmas cards I’ve received this year, the message of this season.  Yet, I do have to admit as I have climbed the learning curve in my new ministry, I have been just a bit overwhelmed at times, even during Advent.  Our faith tells us this is a time of waiting for, anticipating the source of peace.  But I, as a product of my culture, have entered into the hustle and bustle of getting a vast number of tasks completed.  Fortunately, God has reminded me of the “reason for the season.”

God’s reminders have come through many sources and encounters.  My sister Rita has been one of those messengers.  She was diagnosed with beginning stages of an aggressive ovarian cancer.  After talking with a friend and coworker who also has cancer, she has prayed not for release from the cancer, but for peace.  She has received PEACE, and she lives in gratitude for the support and encouragement she has received from a cast of thousands. 

With my sister as a model, how could I not know there is PEACE within myself if I only stay awake and pay attention to God’s voice.

Have you discovered God’s peace within yourself?
Where does that assurance lead you?

Anne Sur, OP
East Dubuque, Illinois

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