PEACE

A PSALM OF PEACE FROM THE RULE OF BENEDICT

Listen with the ear of your heart.
This is advice from one who loves you,
welcome it and faithfully put it into practice.
If today you hear God's voice
do not harden your hearts.

Your way of acting should be different
from the world's way.
The love of Christ must come before all else.
Be the first to show respect for the other.
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good.
Seek peace and pursue it.

Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ.
If you have a dispute with someone,
make peace with them.
Do not let the sun go down on your anger.

Do not return evil for evil.
Do no injury
and patiently bear the injury done to you.
Love your enemies.
Bear persecution for justice sake.

Never lose hope in God's mercy.
Never lose hope in God's mercy.