Hermitage Reflection 

My peace is My gift to you.

~ John 14: 27

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We have been given all that we need to travel in and through this life. We have been given Jesus, and Jesus has given us the gift of His peace.

Not a peace that lives in our feelings, but a peace that takes us beyond feeling.

Today, more than ever, we need Christ's gift; we need the unearthly peace and the inner freedom from fear and anxiety that His unconditional love has won for us.

Let us live our lives breathing the breath of His peace from deep within. Let us trust in the wisdom of His ways and rest within the lap of His love.

I have stilled and quieted my soul
like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother's lap,
so is my soul within me.

~ Psalm 131: 2

Prayer to Our Lady of Tenderness


Below is a prayer composed by Bishop John W. Flesey to Our Lady of Tenderness. United in heart and mind, let us pray together that hearts across our globe may open to receive the gift of Christ's peace.

Dear Lady of Tenderness,

Dawning Sky
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We live in an angry and violent world. War and terrorism threaten us on all sides. We respectfully turn to you, O Mother of the Compassionate One. We beg your intercession for us, your suffering sons and daughters. Because of the intimate bond you share with your Son Jesus, our Risen Lord, we know you will hear and heed our prayer for help. Ask your Savior Son to pour forth His Peace into our minds and hearts so that we might become one truly holy family united and guided by His Holy Spirit. Amen.
~ Bishop John W. Flesey



My peace is My gift to you.
~ John 14:27

Our Lady of Tenderness, pray for us!