Before you begin your retreat, prepare yourself by closing your eyes for a moment and breathing deeply. When you are ready, open your eyes and continue.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Everyone likes to be right. But what is so important about having things done your way or about having the last word? In the long run, it is God's word that counts. That's why it is so important that we make sure our words and deeds bring peace to others. In this beatitude, Jesus tells us that by making peace, we are truly acting as God's children.
Do I insist on things being done my way, even when it really doesn't matter?
Where in my family, school or job am I called to be a peacemaker?
(Pray, using these words or words of your own.)
Prince of Peace, you came that we might understand how to live in peace. Forgive my faults and help me to be more open and accepting in my relationships.