Here is part of our New Testament reading, from Romans: ‘There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. … For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace’.

The earliest commentary on the Rule of our Holy Father St Benedict comes from the pen of Smaragdus, who said of peace: ‘Peace is mind’s serenity, spirit’s tranquillity, heart’s simplicity, love’s bond, charity’s fellowship. This it is that takes away secret hatreds, puts an end to wars, suppresses angry outbursts, treads down the proud, loves the humble, quietens those involved in discord, brings enemies to concord; it is pleasing to all, does not seek what belongs to others, regards nothing as its own, teaches how to love since it does not know how to hate; it does not know what it is to be lifted up or puffed up. Let him who has received this hold on to it; let him who has lost it search for it again; let him who has let go of it seek it out carefully …’

May God bless you this day and give you His peace.