Life is a blessing, and it is good and beautiful. But sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Responsibilities and expectations increase, stress abounds, and we feel every bit of our limitations and shortcomings.
But there is good news! The sufferings of this life will pass. They are incomparable to the majesty of God’s glory and his grace, which he offers to each of us. In response to the assaults of daily life, the Lord Jesus comes and says to us, as he did to the apostles when they were confused and scared in the Upper Room, “Peace be with you!”
In Living in Peace, you will find reflections, prayers, and Scripture passages inviting you to find peace, no matter your circumstances. These reflections were first given to believers to inspire hope during the Easter season of 2020, when most in the United States could not attend Mass because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Born in the trenches and given in a time of great need, the reflections in this book are a timeless reminder that God is greater than anything we might face.
May you receive God’s peace and become an instrument of his peace to others.
When we grieve, we all long for light in the dark places. We need a light to warm our hearts when they are chilled by grief. For Those Who Grieve includes 22 brief devotions and prayers, drawing on the saints, Scripture, and modern reflections to encourage readers to turn to God each day and find the light of hope, healing, and wholeness.
It’s one of the most important prayers in our Christian faith; after all, it was Christ himself who taught us how to pray it. Yet most of us find ourselves distracted and preoccupied when we say the familiar words of the Lord’s Prayer. How can we enter more deeply into this prayer? We need to start with our priorities.
The Beatitudes are the words of Christ that cut to the very core of the Christian life. But have they become so familiar that we breeze past them, without taking them to heart? The Beatitudes can — and will — transform our lives in a powerful way, if we take the time to connect with them daily.
The Power of Forgiveness includes reflections on the topic of forgiveness, inspirational stories of saints, simple prayers, and questions to help you meditate and pray. By opening ourselves to forgiving others, we participate in God’s mercy and begin the process of healing.