“The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather one that makes us strong, loving, and wise.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We, as Prince of Peace Household, acknowledge that it is the Holy Spirit, which sparks within us the desire to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength. Since we bear the very name of Christ, we must strive to be like him in every way. Like Christ, we desire to live and be peace. Out of this peace and our individual desires for holiness flows the unity we strive for. This unity should bring us to a place of complete peace with God and one another. Because we are called to perfect union with God, our model is the unity found between the Father and the Son, bound together by the Holy Spirit.
COMMITMENTS OF HOUSEHOLD
Each of us as individual members of Prince of Peace desire to be Christ-like in all that we say and do. We strive to imitate the saints whom the church has given us as models of faith. We seek sainthood through a total consecration to the Blessed Mother whose greatest desire is for us to know her Son. In imitation of these models of faith, we seek to discipline our bodies, minds, souls, and relationships.
A. We strive to discipline our bodies by not yielding to their passions, but having control over them, “offering them as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to the Lord”. (Romans 12:1)
B. We strive to discipline our minds by not allowing them “to be conformed to this age” but by allowing God to fill them with all that is true, all that is just, and all that is holy. (Romans 12:2)
C. We strive to discipline our souls through:
1. A daily program of personal prayer.
2. Frequent reception of the Eucharist
3. Monthly Confessions
4. Spiritual Devotions
D. Finally, we strive to discipline our relationships by having them in the right order completely placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ
Out of our individual desires for holiness flows a “unity which has the Holy Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force.” We foster this unity in many practical ways. (Ephesians 4:3)
A. By being committed to all household events which are mandatory as decided upon by the body:
1. Lord’s Day Celebration
4. Works of Mercy
6. Household Meeting
7. Share-Group Meeting
B. By seeking to serve one another in a manner, which is up building in both word and deed.
C. By going out of our way to build relationships of depth with true sharing of our lives.
D. By seeking reconciliation at all times.
It is our heartfelt desire that others may be drawn closer to the Lord by virtue of the unity, which we share. As we grow in love of the Lord and one another, we pray that the light, which radiates from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may shine forth in our lives. May we truly bring “the peace that surpasses all understanding” to all whom we encounter. (Philippians 4:7)