Thought for the Day – 12 December – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Peace of Soul
“Peace of soul is more to be desired than anything else in this world.
Wealth, honours and pleasures are valueless, as long as we are discontented and disturbed at heart.
Happiness is essentially internal, not external.
Anyone who looks for it outside himself cannot find it, simply because it does not exist there.
Interior peace, however, is capable of bringing us whatever happiness can be obtained in this world.
We can have this peace if, we avoid sin.
The Holy Spirit assures us that “there is no peace for the wicked” (Isa 48:22).
Our tranquillity will be increased by humility and gentleness.
A haughty and ambitious man can never be at peace.
“Come to me” Jesus invites us, “all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your soul” (Mt 11:28-29).
The only way then, by which we can acquire peace of soul, is by avoiding sin, practising humility and obeying the law of God.
The Saints possessed this serenity, even in times of trial and of suffering because they lived in God and were perfectly faithful to His law.”