If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco You’re gonna meet some gentle people there — Scott McKenzie
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding – Philippians 4:7
“Peace” has lots of meanings. It can mean the absence of war, it may reflect an attitude or a state of mind, it can mean a way of life. Enter a medieval monastery and over the archway you see the inscription Pax Intrantibus, “Peace to those who enter.”
As we get further into the Lenten season and practice our Lenten discipline we experience an inner peace, but we must not forget that as disciples our legacy, our mandate, our mission – as alive today as during the Vietnam war days – is to proclaim and commit to peace to all of our world. This commitment is not just to the absence of war, but to a human condition that makes war unacceptable and violence unnecessary.
We do that by first bringing peace and calm to the war that goes on in our own heart and the restlessness caused by the enemy within each of us. We wear some flowers in our soul, and pass the peace which passeth all understanding to our fellow man and woman.