Hermitage Reflection for February

Lord, make the peace we pray for a reality;
may we live our days in quiet joy,
and with the help of the Virgin Mary’s prayers,
safely reach Your kingdom.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

~ The Liturgy of the Hours

Do we honestly desire the peace we pray for? There is an addictive curiosity to hearing about conflict, a strained compulsion to convey gossip, a magnetic pull to listen to and/or pass along negative energy, a fear in asking for or accepting forgiveness, and a growing distrust of one another. Clearly, we need grace for peace to become our reality.

Peace Reflection
Photo Credit: Megan E. Maloney:
Companion of
Our Lady of Tenderness Hermitage


The peace we pray for becomes real when God is the center of our lives and our thoughts, words, deeds, and choices are the result of abiding at home with Him. “Make your home in Me, as I make Mine in you” (Jn 15:4).

We are blessed in being claimed by God. His saving Hand scoops us up and “guides our feet into the way of peace”.

Come. May we live our days in quiet joy, with the help of the Virgin Mary’s prayers. May we return home frequently, entering the silence of our hearts; there He waits, so to bring us into the home of His Heart. Only then, can the peace we pray for become a reality.

Works of love are works of peace,
and they begin in our family.

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta
(from her Address to the United Nations, 1965)

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 that hearts across our globe may open to receive the gift of Christ's peace.

Our Lady

Dear Lady of Tenderness,

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.
~ Most Rev. John W. Flesey, STD, DD




~ Our Lady of Tenderness, pray for us! ~