During the recent snowfalls, the rooftops of the Maryvale Institute appeared dusted with white, shining out in the light of evening dusk.

Our Gospel reading for today ends with these words: ‘Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another’. St Benedict, in the Instruments of Good Works in the Holy Rule, advises: ‘To make peace with one’s adversary before sundown’.

Peace, shalom: the Hebrew word connotes completeness, soundness, welfare, and peace. That peace ‘which the world cannot give’ begins in our own hearts, and spreads outward. Let us pray for this gift, that we may truly know it, and that it may take root in our world. May God bless you.