Sometime we don´t realize that Mary also underwent a pilgramage of faith. Not everything was easy for her. She was not able to understand everything that was going on in her life. But, she believed!
The divorce rate in countries like the U.S. is astronomical. The birth rate is very low. Millions of people are living together before marriage. Fornication is no longer considered a sin. Homosexuality is becoming a world play. The deliberate murder of unborn human beings is not only legalized, but those who oppose this murder of innocents are prosecuted and treated like enemies of society. This is the world we live in. We have to be heroic.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. etc...
Jesus is patient. Jesus is kind. Jesus is not jealous. etc...
Mary is patient. Mary is kind. Mary is not jealous. etc...
All of these flow perfectly. Now put your name in this passage and make an examination of conscience.
We often find ourselves tired, discouraged, hopeless. When we come to the Eucharist, the celebration of the Holy Mass, we need to rest in the Lord. After all our battles, we need to come to him, and find in Him again our strength and our hope. We need to come to mass like St. John and rest our head on his heart. He is our hope, our strength, and our heaven. The Eucharist, then, becomes Life.
The apostles were so sure of the Resurrection that they were willing to give their lives for God. Look at St. Paul: He was willing to suffer so much for the Lord. They were willing to suffer so much because they had a strong conviction that they had seen the Lord. This tradition gives us the security that what we believe is not just invented, but it is the same faith of the apostles. Through the apostolic succession we have the same faith. But we have the responsibilty to transmit that faith to others.
In this petition, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," the essence of all Christian life and all prayer is revealed. Jesus is describing heaven as a place where the will of the Father is perfectly done. In the measure in which we accomplish the will of God in our life, we are becoming heaven: My life and my heart are heaven. And in as much I am not listening to the voice of God in my life, my heart and my life is just earth, or maybe even Hell. My heart has to be heaven.
Jesus appears to increase the faith of the disciples. They have seen in the crucifixion that the one they placed all their hopes in has died. Their lives are now different. The one they loved is no longer with them. They feel lonely, confused. So the Lord comes to their aid.
As we get to know who God is, God will show us who we are, and we have to start to make that decision to live totally for Him. We have to start to put our lives in order as would any good child who wants to please his father.
If we say we love God, and then the cross comes into our lives and we run from it, it´s all words. The cross is something that puts our love to the test. If I want to prove my love for God, I have to be ready to accept and to embrace with a good attitude the crosses that God chooses to give me.
The Eucharist is the center of our faith. It is the heart of the Church. It is the most important mystery. We need to reflect on this infinite mystery of love. Pope Benedict says that the Eucharist is the self-donation that Christ gives to us, and in this self-donation He shows us the infinite love that God has for me.
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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.