Here is today’s second reading, from Philippians: ‘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. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, 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’.

‘Peace’ is a theme that runs through these lines, as it does through the Rule of our Holy Father St Benedict. Here are some lines from his ‘Instruments of Good Works’, which also demonstrate his ever-practical approach: ‘Not to make a feigned peace. Not to forsake charity. …To pray for one’s enemies in the love of Christ. To make peace with one’s adversary before sundown.  And never to despair of God’s mercy’.

May St Benedict, saint of peace, pray for us, and may God bless you this day.