We must ask the grace to have sorrow for our sins and also ask for the light to see ourselves the way God sees us. "You, O Lord, turned me toward myself, taking me from behind myself, where I had put myself while unwilling to examine myself. And now you have set me face to face with myself, that I might see how ugly I was, how decomposed and sordid, stained and ulcerous. And I looked and I loathed myself; but could not find a place in which to flee from myself. And if I sought to turn my gaze away from myself, you would again face me to myself, and thrust me before my own eyes that I might discover my iniquity and hate it. I had known it, but acted as though I knew it not -- overlooked it and forgot it." (Confessions of St. Augustine, Book XIII, Chapter 7)
Jesus wants to tell you how much love He has for you. Words cannot begin to express how much love God has for each one of us. He has thought of you from all eternity. Say to Him: Lord, give me the grace to thirst for your love.
We need to be reminded that we are Temples of God every single day. I am a living image of God. God dwells in me. How am I taking care of my temple?
It is not easy. In this life you are going to get your crosses. We need to get to the resurrection through the cross. And the cross is going to be part of your daily life. But these moments of experiencing the Lord are so important. That is why we need a time of prayer.
"I want more from you. I want you to take another step." I then knew what I had to do. And you? Do you give Him your life? Do you let Him guide you? Do you give yourself as you should?
We see today that death is not the last word. Everything has a reason. We must realize that when I suffer, it is not the end. All suffering passes, but all suffering suffered well for love of Jesus will remain for all eternity, and all our sufferings will be our glory.
Talk about Striving for Perfection taken from the book of Von Hildebrand.
What more do you want of me? My son has given you his life. Will you still persist in your sins?
Talk taken from the book Transformation in Christ by Dietrich Von Hildebrand.
Each one of us here are persons with free will, with the ability in our lives to do good or to do evil, with God's help or without it, leaving it aside. Why wait? Why wait until you are on the road agonizing, if you don't even know if you will have that opportunity, to give Him your life, to give Him your life, and He wants to give you His grace?
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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.