“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:1

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Galatians 5:22-23

What is peace for me? It may seem like an easy question, but there are many facets to peace. The challenge lies in understanding what it means for each of us. Is it the absence of conflict with loved ones, colleagues or friends? Is it a quiet space where we can regenerate surrounded by beauty? Could it be the silence that ensues as we turn off the noise and distractions of electronic devices?

We have unique ways of keeping peace in our lives, especially when we find ourselves in situations of conflict. Some of us walk away from or avoid arguments at all costs. Others want to talk things through to ensure there is peace. Whichever technique we may use, we know when there is harmony, we live in peace. 

We can also be at war with ourselves. This may be the result of the choices we have made in the past or unresolved issues with ourselves. Maybe we ought to ask what we need to change or deal with so that we are at peace with ourselves. We know that peace, living in harmony with ourselves, brings about inner peace and freedom. When I am at peace with myself, I can be an agent of peace wherever I am? Am I willing to work towards finding peace within myself? 

Conflict arises when we are unwilling to listen and accept the opinions of others. Am I willing to listen, even when I believe that I am in the right?

Through faith, we can have peace in our homes as well as in society. At least we know this kind of peace is attainable through our Lord Jesus Christ, as Saint Paul points out.

Gracious Lord,

I am human and I fall short all the time. Help me to find peace in you and in the little events of the day.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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