Sunday after Pentecost
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
13th November 2016
Supernatural Peace - A Gift to Those Who Submit to God's
by Rev. Fr. Leo Pyzalski C.Ss.R.
Any opposition to God results in unrest, affliction of
spirit and unhappiness. The more deliberate their opposition
or revolt, the more excruciating their moral suffering.
Supernatural, heavenly peace descends upon souls abandoned
to God, as a superabundant reward for all the acts of
self-denial which are inevitable upon the total submission
to the Will of God.
No one can expect perfect peace the very moment he puts foot
upon the road of surrender to the Divine Will. It is but
gradually that a fervent soul approaches the sublime summits
of an undisturbed mystical rest in God. Even this initial
and partial peace is a real treasure on Earth, incomparably
more conducive to real happiness than all merely human and
natural gratifications. A tiny bit of Divine peace exceeds
in value huge mountains of earthly pleasures, for
supernatural peace constitutes the very core of our
happiness, both on Earth and in eternity.
Only deliberate opposition to the Divine Will definitely
deprives our soul of supernatural peace and bliss. Whatever
sacrifices God may impose upon us on the road to Heaven and
sanctity, He will never demand the sacrifice of that inner,
purely spiritual, truly Divine peace which inevitably
results from our union with God's Will, or even from our
sincere efforts to effect that celestial union. The more
ardent a soul's love for God, the more she will suffer at
the very thought of possible future infidelity. If anything
on Earth is able to disquiet a soul abandoned to God, it
will be the fear of future infidelities to Divine grace.
Souls faithful to grace and relying upon grace manage to
preserve their inner peace, despite clear consciousness of
their own helplessness in matters of their salvation and
sanctification by deepening and perfecting their childlike
confidence in God. Childlike confidence in God can reach so
high a degree of perfection that the soul feels practically
certain of perseverance. It is the Holy Ghost Himself who
establishes that moral certitude in a faithful soul and
preserves her from all disquietude. After all, then, solid
inner peace based upon God's grace and mercy can be arrived
at by souls who wholeheartedly cooperate with grace.
Divine peace can be won only through continued and assiduous
exertion, through many acts of self-denial and sacrifices
offered to God. An easy-going life will never be a peaceful
life, in the supernatural sense. If you want peace, prepare
for war. The most difficult aspect of submission to the
Divine Will is that of humble surrender to all legitimate
representatives of God, regardless of their virtues. A soul
unfaithful in meeting the obligations of holy obedience
deludes herself if she makes herself believe that she is
loving God's Will nonetheless. Since her good will is not
sincere enough, she cannot enjoy the Divine peace promised
to those lovingly united with the Will of God.