A Few Sentences On Peace

The transformation of our situation isn’t what brings us peace and inner freedom. Only the transformation of our mind and thinking can bring us peace.

This is why Christ was at peace on the Cross, and why so many today find themselves unhappy, even when surrounded by all the wonders the world can provide.

I think of this often when I hear people describe the situation of the man or woman with same sex attraction who has chosen to follow the teachings of the Church. They’ll often say things like, “oh, you’ll just be stuck in a lonely, single life, for the rest of your life. How horrible your life will be if you make this choice!”

(I hate hearing that, by the way. Play the world’s smallest fiddle for me, why don’t ya?)

My answer is always this:

“How badly do you want to know the will of God in your life?”

Most people who are followers of Jesus want to know that more than anything else.

To them I then say that I know what God’s will is for me: to live a single life!

Thanks be to God–I KNOW!

Then the response is often, “but at least all of your other single friends have the hope of being married.”

That always seems silly to me.

Compared to all of my other single friends, who are “constantly living with the possibility of marriage,” I find my lot in life a lot easier. In large part, because I have consciously chosen to view it in that light. For me, I’d say it’s a heckuva lot easier to embrace the known future and make it a rich life, than it is to constantly be wondering if today, or tomorrow, or the next day I might meet my spouse–or perhaps never.

Peace comes from choosing that which we might not have consented to have chosen in the first place, and completely trusting God for our future and our happiness.

That, my friends, is the best path–and the only path–to peace there is.

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8 thoughts on “A Few Sentences On Peace

  1. Someone sent this article (link below) to me this morning and I find it to be related to what you write here. We need to take some time to consider what human beings all share as attributes and what Christians all share as attributes. Unfortunately, some Christians believe in what is referred to in the link below as “cheap grace,” not the grace of a committed, constant relationship with Jesus…that is costly. The costly grace is where the peace and joy are. Cheap grace leaves us only with the hope of a “tolerable” existence. I think that’s where the demand for “tolerance” leads us: cheap grace. Let’s have more than mere “tolerance.” Let’s have joy and peace…in Christ.

    http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/ho0001.html

  2. Daniel, you are a true gift and blessing! You always get God’s plan for your life! How I pray that my son, gets it too, someday!
    Peace of Christ,
    Suma

    • In the fullness of time he’ll get it, Suma. I didn’t get it for a long, long time–but I “got it” at just the right time. It’s the same for us all. Trust God will bring it about in your son’s life at just the right time, and in just the right way.

      God bless you!

      • If I could add one thing to Dan ‘ s advice to Summa it would be…..NEVER stop praying for your son…..petition God every day and Thank Him everyday. He’s on a journey and your prayers may channel him onto the narrow way. I lived in New Orleans for some years and there was a catch phrase about intercessory prayer………”Intercessory is a necessity” and I remember another one ” You got SLOP?” Which comically meant “Severe Lack Of Prayer” Preserve, Preserve, and Preserve. …it will bring healing and Peace.

  3. “Compared to all of my other single friends, who are “constantly living with the possibility of marriage,” I find my lot in life a lot easier. In large part, because I have consciously chosen to view it in that light. For me, I’d say it’s a heckuva lot easier to embrace the known future and make it a rich life, than it is to constantly be wondering if today, or tomorrow, or the next day I might meet my spouse–or perhaps never.

    Peace comes from choosing that which we might not have consented to have chosen in the first place, and completely trusting God for our future and our happiness.

    That, my friends, is the best path–and the only path–to peace there is.”

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    If “spouse” can be associated with “the one that knows me best” or “l am ONE with this person” Then you have met your spouse and from your writing I know you have encountered your “spouse” in the person of Christ Jesus.

    Often, people (in my personal experience) with SSA will tell me in a flip, or condescending tone “I KNOW you”……. No, they don’t……….they may think, or even insist that they indeed KNOW ME but in reality they just haven’t arrived at the deep realization that
    He alone knows me “you call me as your own, to KNOW me and be KNOWN” as the lyrics in this song state and the depth of that “truth” is when we encounter Him in the deepest recesses of our heart.

    He alone knows us, he didn’t die for us superficially. I would think it an act of Divine Providence that a song usually plays at the right moment that expresses the words I can’t somehow form on my lips.

    I more deeply encounter Christ in His presence in the Perpetual Adoration chapel. Some may encounter him deeper in nature. But in that encounter, I know that He knows me deeply and intimately. All the sufferings associated with the long journey of SSA begin to make sense and actual gratitude for those sufferings begins to collect in my soul as I feel more closely united to Him. As you wrote above Dan, Peace comes from that which we might not have consented to…..and also in the acceptance of, and trusting Him to help us carry the cross He gave us. This is when Joy becomes a large part of the overall scenario of our lives.

    Yes, as this song can better describe the experience of an encounter with Christ than I can “I long for your embrace”… I live longing for His embrace, it is what brings wholeness to my SSA experience.

    …I pray this helps bring solace and peace to those with SSA still struggling to make sense of it all, and still searching for that “one” embrace that will turn the tide of misery into Mercy.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=onrOQUL4uFE

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