We are children of God. Christ has opened for us the door. He does not steal anything from us but gives us the grace so that we might say with St. Paul "It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me".
Jesus says, "Come, Thomas. Put your finger here and put your hand in the wound in my side and do not be incredulous but believe." He is the only one who can put us on the firm ground of truth. Nobody knows us like him. To ask him, "Lord, what do you want of me?" is to begin to enter into wisdom
In the infinite mercy of God, He decided freely to reveal Himself to us. In Jesus Christ we can know God. We have been created out of love in order to be able to share in His love. We have the possibility to share in His Divine Life, the life of the Trinity. This life has been given to us, and this is our richness.
Through the Eucharist we can share the Divine life. We need to contemplate our Lord in the Eucharist and discover all the reasons that He is there. The liturgy of the Church in not just a theater, representing something that happend many years ago. But, through the liturgy, we can be literally present, living with Christ, his whole paschal mystery. He has established this sacrament to help us live the same way that He lived.
We are loved by God. Not even our sin can erase that love. This has to be the foundation of all our Christian life. I don´t think that any of the saints of the Catholic church were moved by fear, by fear of Hell or of condemnation. They were moved by love. If a Catholic is not truly trying to strive for holiness, it is because they do not understand that they are loved by God.
What is the common denominator between these words: Lucifer, sin, pride, and idiot? They all have "I" as their center. When we choose ourselves over the Lord, we are idiots. God has to be the center.
All of us suffer in our lives. There is always a betrayal at some point in our life. And we can use that experience to understand the agony that Jesus underwent in the Garden. Even though Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, Jesus always called Judas his "friend." He never exposed him to the apostles or to the public. Jesus calls us his friends, but we also have a little bit of Judas in us. Do we have a price to sell Jesus? Do I really love him? Am I willing to go all the way to the cross with Him, or do I have my price?
Its one little act of infedility after another. To conquer this, we have to tell the Lord our weakness. He knows our weakness, but he wants us to know our weakness, and he will pour his mercy on us. He is your father and he is not going to abandon you. He wants to come to your aid and to give you the help you need. Look at the way Jesus suffers. Look at the way he looks at everyone. You cannot think about the passion of Jesus and not have your heart melt. He always has a gaze of mercy ready for us.
The poor widow gave everything that she had. And that gives us hope because as poor as we are - we may not have this or that quality, or the sanctity that we would like to have - but God still accepts our offering if we give it all!
Do you want to know what love is? Here he is! Look at the Eucharist! He is right here. "Man cannot live without love. His life is senseless if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love. If he does not experience it and make it his own. If he does not participate intimately in it" (Blessed John Paul II). Jesus says, "Here I am, doubt no longer!"
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Dúo Santa Cecilia (St. Cecilia Duo) sang I Prefer Paradise as a tribute to Sr. Clare on the third anniversary of her death.