No false peace

Not to give a false greeting of peace. (Rule of Benedict 4.25)

The Peace Sign

The Peace Sign (Photo credit: Craig Damlo)

A hard saying.  I can refrain from acting on anger or warehousing irritation. It takes effort, leaving me tired, grumpy, ready for solitude. I don’t want to see the students, sisters, or colleagues involved.

Inevitably, that’s who I encounter.

“Fake it ’til you make it,” says 12-Step spirituality. “If you don’t feel like a peaceful greeting, can you be willing to feel like making peace?”

Perhaps this fulfills StBenedict’s instructions: nurturing a genuine desire for peace that actively pursues it, choosing peace over being right or prevailing in argument. The greeting that deeply desires peace may eventually create it.


Tooling Through Lent is a series of brief reflections on Chapter 4 of the Rule of Benedict, The Tools for Good Works.

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About Sister Edith

Benedictine sister of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota
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