Within the context of The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius

Is there a more soothing phrase
when darkest thoughts
assail us than,
“Peace be with you”?
No matter how startled or terrified
we have become.
Disbelief seizes our gut.
Jesus persist,
everything written or stated about Him
is true and will be fulfilled.
Difficult to convince,
we cling to our fears and doubts.
One thing is sought from us,
that we hand this negativity
over to Him.
He understands each one of us,
better than we know ourselves.
To face trauma
in His presence
is like rolling open the rock at the tomb.
“Deep peace” flows within.

(c) Helen Gaffey


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