Be Calm But Vigilant

Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith.

1 Peter 5:8-9

Why does St.Peter ask us to be calm? Because nobody ever wins the war when suffering anxiety, anger or any of the passions of the soul. In order for the vigilance to be effective the soul must be calm and at peace. Only in a calm state can we focus on the task at hand. Let us pray to the Lord for this calmness.

I’m not talking about the calmness one acquires when confronted with an irate customer at the reception desk. That is a human accomplishment. No, I’m talking about the accomplishment imbued by the Holy Spirit where our calmness is brought about not by our own effort but that of the Holy Spirit. Only this kind of peace can help us win the war against the invisible powers of darkness.

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