Some words from 1 Timothy, which form part of our New Testament Mass reading: ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.’

St Benedict in his Holy Rule is entirely in harmony with these words, in terms of a ‘peaceable life’, the salvation of all, and knowledge of the Truth. It is when our own hearts are at peace that we are able to convey that peace to others, often unconsciously and without our realising that we are doing so.

May we know that peace, the peace that ‘passes all understanding’, and may God bless your Sunday.