The peace isn’t the absence of war

Christ said: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

So, the peace isn’t the absence of war – it is the presence of Christ. The entire ascetic life should open our soul to Christ’s presence. If this doesn’t happen, then everything else is just a surrogate which in a final analysis is of little help.

Hence, in order to gain peace we must lead a life which will ensure us the necessary stillness for prayer and contemplation while allowing us to sacrifice ourselves for others in order to experience the joy of love.

Based on John 14:27, Saint John of the Ladder