Not to give a false greeting of peace. (Rule of Benedict 4.25)
A hard saying. I can refrain from acting on anger or warehousing irritation. It takes effort, leaving me tired, grumpy, ready for solitude. I don’t want to see the students, sisters, or colleagues involved.
Inevitably, that’s who I encounter.
“Fake it ’til you make it,” says 12-Step spirituality. “If you don’t feel like a peaceful greeting, can you be willing to feel like making peace?”
Perhaps this fulfills StBenedict’s instructions: nurturing a genuine desire for peace that actively pursues it, choosing peace over being right or prevailing in argument. The greeting that deeply desires peace may eventually create it.