By Mary Sayad


    February 2004

    John 14:27 - "Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you; I do not give it to you as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful."

    Beloved Friends,

    Jesus spoke with simplicity. He knows that we all have problems to solve and we have challenges that often require perseverance. Young children depend upon their parents for solving their problems. A young child accepts his parent's decisions with calmness and confidence. Most often children's problems are small and may be solved easily with the assistance of an adult. As we mature, our situations change and the depth of our growing dilemmas sometimes reach unbearable heights.

    Our lives consist of seasons of happiness, sadness, productivity, growth and renewal. Life therefore, is also a series of solving difficulties and resolving specific relationships. Walking away from our problems and avoiding them will not remedy the situation. We can never solve our problems with drugs, alcohol or unfaithfulness. You have the power to ameliorate the source of your problems. God in His wisdom will not give us more than we can bear. God also gave us the answer (the power) to overcoming our obstacles.

    Philippians 4:6, 7 - "Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions full of gratitude. Then God's own peace, which is beyond all understanding will stand guard over your hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus."

    Gentlemen, what do you think Jesus would say if he walked this earth today? Would He be pleased? Do you think that He would be proud of all the people or merely a few? Would Jesus be satisfied with your attitudes and deeds?

    If Jesus sat before you at your place of work and you poured your heart out to him, do you think that He would understand your needs? While He conversed with you, would you feel confident with His suggestions to improve your situation? And when you followed His advice, wouldn't you sense His peace and love?

    In all things, practice makes perfect. Practice the presence of God in your daily lives. Our Heavenly Father longs for us to keep Him involved in all our decisions. There are no problems too big or too small for Him to solve. Nothing is impossible with Our Heavenly Father. Although His Love for us is beyond our comprehension, it is not beyond our reach.

    Philippians 4:9 - "Live according to what you have learned and accepted, what you have heard me say and seen me do. Then will the God of peace be with you."

    All of Jesus' guidance for you is here and now. His suggestions for living confidently has been recorded in the book of all books, the Holy Bible.

    And for all young women, mothers and grandmothers, if Our Blessed Mother comforted you during your difficult trials, wouldn't you accept her message of peace? She knows your concerns, worries and fears. When you call to her for assistance, she hears you. When you quietly listen to her promptings, she will give you comfort that is incomparable to any human advice. In addition, you know that you may safely confide in her. From the time of her Assumption to heaven, until today, Our Blessed Mother lives and she remains with us. The visionaries of Medjugorji, have related to the world that Our Blessed Mother is the Queen of Peace. She is everyone's loving Mother and longs for our happiness through Jesus. She gently invites you to include her in all your plans.

    Isaiah 26:12 - O Lord you mete out peace to us, it is you who have accomplished all we have done.

    How good is your imagination? Do you have a clear vision of the love of Jesus and Mary or is your vision clouded with indifference and emptiness?

    There is a one size fits all strategy that calls us to adopt a mandate of spiritual inspiration. We may allow our sufferings, trials and eventual tribulations to also strengthen the hearts and faith of others. Hope is wonderful but hope alone is insufficient and incomplete. Hope that is inspired by faith and prayer is the answer to all our needs.

    God our Father, knows our needs, and when we whole-heartedly come to Him through Jesus and Mary, He will lighten our load. The Lord's infinite mercy is always available for us.

    Ephesians 2:13, 14 - "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is he who is our peace, and who made the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart."

    Continue to pray for world peace. Remember our troops and their families during your rosary recitals. It is also good to pray for our world leaders in making Godly decisions. Thank you.

    Your companion in prayer,