Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

Nancy Garson, OP
Blog by Sr. Nancy Garson, OP

How would you describe peace? I checked several dictionaries and much to my surprise, I found that peace was defined as “an absence of war.” So the first definition for peace is a description of what it is not.

I noticed that ultimately all definitions of peace were based in relationship: relationships of one nation to another, of communities to its members, of individuals with each other and one’s relationship with oneself. Peace goes from global, local, person-to-person and finally to the self.

“Peace be with you” was Jesus’ Easter greeting to his disciples. Jesus was speaking about inner peace – personal peace, a peace in which we are one with God and ourselves. When we live in the peace of Jesus, real peace is possible in our relationships and with ourselves.

Jesus said, “My peace is my gift to you,” and as with all gifts, we have to unwrap it – learning how to be peace is a lifelong task and a lifelong journey. Each moment we spend with this gift of peace makes us more and more sensitive to peace in others. The more peacefully we live the more we realize moments when we are out of sync with peace, when peace is absent.

St. Francis’ familiar prayer is as powerful today as ever: Make me a channel of your peace – what ways would you rewrite his prayer for your own life? Make me a channel of your peace when I disagree with someone else. Make me a channel of your peace when a difficult situation calls for kindness. Make me a channel of your peace when others are being disrespectful. Make me a channel of your peace when others are being rude. Make me a channel of your peace when I want to lash out at someone else.

Dear God, Let there be peace in all of my relationships, let me be peace to all those I meet, let me walk peacefully on our planet and let peace begin with me. Amen.

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17 responses to “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

  1. Oh sister How beautiful ! You keep the words of Christ in front of us! Knowing loving and serving have to begin with peace and how easily we slip by those important words of greeting! I’m the scrappiest old woman that ever God created.Make a change and I gripe don’t make a change and I gripe! Every day I need His peace! Thank you!

  2. Thanks Nancy for your words of wisdom “peace is a life long task and a life long journey” and it begins with me.
    Blessings and deep peace this Easter season.

  3. Late getting to it… but, thanks, Nancy for a great reflective message. I like the idea of re-wording the prayer to fit my own life! (Of course the key is to DO it!)

  4. Well said, Nancy. Thank you so much!! I especially liked your suggestion to rewrite Francis’ Prayer for my own life. Your questions were both practical and challenging.

  5. Thank you, Nancy. Peace must begin with me. It is
    something we talk about and read about, but it must
    be practiced daily. I wonder if our schools ever devote
    time to the practice of peace. Your words are a won-
    derful reminder of the importance of practicing peace.

  6. Amen and thank you sr. Nancy…I had been reciting the prayer of St. Francis today and this was a wonderful extension.

  7. Thanks, Nancy! It’s true. It all comes back that “peace begins with me.” How can we get everyone in the world to believe that?? Kathleen C.

  8. Thanks so much for your beautiful message. I will be praying in my heart for several days. May God bless you with an abundance of peace for all the ways you touch the lives of so many people, including me!

  9. Thank you, Nancy! i really appreciated this post – especially the statement: “The more peacefully we live the more we realize moment when we are out of sync with peace…!” Sometimes when feeling “out of sync” makes me doubt my own efforts at living peacefully. Terry Wasinger

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