“May the Peace of Christ reign in your hearts.” ~Colossians 3:15
Everyone, at some point in their spiritual journey, experiences a moment when peace (and the joy attached to it) suddenly and often inexplicably flees. This lack of peace leaves behind doubt, fear, uncertainty, and that uneasy feeling that since your heart is restless, it must not rest in God; “what did I do wrong?”
A while back, my spiritual director told me to read a little book called “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” by Rev. Jacques Philippe. Today, I would like to recommend it to you. It is a very insightful and inspiring work that I found unspeakably helpful. It explores the reasons we lose our peace, how we should react to this loss, and it offers concrete steps to take in order to regain our peace. It even gives advice on how to trust in the Lord despite our doubts and fears, what we should do when we are struggling with matters of conscience, and how to deal with the suffering of our loves ones. For being little more than one hundred pages long, it is surprisingly thorough! And though I especially recommend it to those who are searching for their peace, it really is for everyone. If we aren’t searching for peace, we are trying to keep it, and as the title implies, this book covers both. I highly recommend it.
It is available on Amazon and as an iBook.
“Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O God.” ~St. Augustine