In this month’s message, Our Lady mentions peace three times. What is this peach she talks about? In the same message she talks of war. Does Our Lady mean the absence of war is peace? Of course the absence of war is peace. But, I don’t think she is talking about the absence of war. To gain the peace Our Lady talks about, she also states that we need to pray. Because only in prayer can we find true peace. True peace comes from God alone and everything else flows from that peace. Peace is a gift from God. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. (Jn 14:27)” True peace is reconciliation with God, and in turn with other people. Reconciliation with God means that we are free from sin. This is a message of repentance, because without repentance there is no heavenly peace. If we, God’s children, and the children of Mary are reconciled with God we will have peace. The peace “only God gives.” This is an internal peace. This kind of peace is there despite everything around you. The martyrs know this peace. That is why they went to their deaths unafraid. What is there to fear if you are at peace, reconciled, with God. When you are at peace with God, you are living in sanctifying grace. We can only find this through a life lived in union with God through a faithful and fervent Sacramental life, which leads us to an intense life with God. Because of this union with God, we desire to be in His presence through prayer. Through our lives of prayer and fidelity to the Sacraments our hears begin to melt and “hatred and jealousy” begin to disappear. We make the Lord’s Prayer our own: “Forgives us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” One who is forgiven realizes that they must forgive the other, since they themselves are forgiven through God’s infinite mercy. We must imitate the one who have forgiven us. May we respond to Our Lady’s call through frequent confession so that His peace may live in us and we might become like Him who has forgiven us. God love you!