Daily Thought For February 20, 2018

Obtaining Inner Peace
     There is a serenity of spirit that is extremely valuable in the spiritual life. It is not easy to acquire because we are inexperienced and face powerful foes. 
     Sometimes we are completely out of control. Our minds are confused. This is the time to get right into prayer. Remember how our Lord prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before his betrayal. It is only in conversation with God that we can find refuge. Pray that God will replace the chaos in us with tranquility. 
     Don't be bothered by the continuous and meaningless hustle of the business world. When we go to work we can take care of business without getting rattled. We can lighten up a bit. We do not need to be intimidated by a crowded calendar. Some work can wait. 
     The thing we should concentrate on is an awareness of God's holy presence. A desire to please God should be our top priority. If we let other business take precedence, our souls will quickly become fearful and anxious. 
     Forbid thoughts that depress and distress you from entering your mind. Try to preserve tranquility. Christ said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." God will surely bless your work and give you a peaceful soul. The only thing he requires of you is a genuine effort to still the storms in your life. 
     You can't build a house in a day. Neither will you be able to build this castle of inner peace in your soul in an instant. It is a gradual accomplishment. 

Lawrence Scupoli: The Spiritual Combat

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