Grant us PEACE. A simple phrase from an ancient Catholic Mass. Adapted through the ages into a simple song. One that seems as if I have known forever. Listening to my mother sing it…singing it in church…singing it with my sister/friend, Jo…singing it(in its many different versions) during my college choir years…singing it to myself tonight. As the news continues to grow increasingly chaotic and scary, that simple song seems to echo in my soul more and more. Grant us PEACE, O LORD, grant us PEACE.
“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “PEACE, PEACE,” they say, when there is no PEACE.” Jer 8:11
“They” were wrong; there was PEACE….. PEACE exists. It is just waiting for a time to be welcomed into this plane once again. At another chaotic time of history, Patrick Henry stood among his peers and shouted the words of Jeremiah at the top of his voice. “Gentlemen may cry, PEACE, PEACE but there is no PEACE. The war is actually begun!” Sadly, the war continues. As usual, governments — angry countenances in a mob — a rabid terrorist are merely the face that we see on this dimension, but the true war is in the unseen principalities which destructively manifest into our world. Wars don’t bring PEACE except for short little bursts where people rest upon their own understanding. True PEACE still waits. Nor will PEACE come easily to a sin-filled world where everyone seeks only what they can see, touch or base upon human logic.
“The Angel entered her presence, and he said to her, “PEACE to you, full of grace, our Lord is with you; you are blessed among women.” Lk 1:28 Aramaic Bible.
Long ago, in a humble villiage, Our Father sent us a reminder that PEACE is still waiting. All we have to do is follow the star. It’s in the East. It is still shining. Will you follow it? Dona Nobis Pacem.