There is no doubt that certainty these days is lacking the strength of normalcy. What appeared normal three weeks ago is now abnormal. We are unable to shake hands or being too close to each other for fear of getting sick. The isolation of worry and concern is threatening our community. However, people are not to blame or judge because we are fragile beings: “We all fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). We prefer joy to sadness, health to sickness, prosperity to hardship. Yet, we do have control in the choices we make these days of chaos. They are choices that can make or break our society: being kind and merciful toward each other. What that looks like is different for each of us. As a husband and father, that means to keep my stress and anxiety from negatively impacting how I related to my wife and children. May be for others is to restrain themselves from grabbing all the essential items in the grocery store so others can have some too. Yet for others is to love and give more than they usually do, especially for the lonely and disfranchised. We all have a role to play to replace the chain of chaos and fear with the crown of glory, to remove the drapes of darkness hovering around our hearts with the lights of faith, hope, and charity, to bring back that which makes us normal: a caring community. May God give us the strength to preserver over the abnormal.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat put together by the John Paul II Healing Center. The experience opened my heart to receive these words.
Endless His Mercy
His Will be done.
– Praise Jesus
Lean on the Cross
Fear not the past.
– Praise the Holy Spirit
Yearn for Faith
Yearn for Hope
Yearn for Charity.
– Praise the Trinity
In community with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Love, blood, and fire.
– Love heals
– Praise God
- Nothing comes to pass
to him whose name is
On the last day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit, we celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost. On this occasion, we ask the Holy Spirit to overshadow us with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: signs of Christ’s love visible to others through our thoughts, words and deeds.
These fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. (CCC 1832)
Christ built his church with 12 apostles and he builds our heart with the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is through these gifts that our faith, hope, and charity are sustained and displayed. We must share with others these gifts with the same determination as the apostles shared Christ’s message. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are not meant to be kept to ourselves; lest we commit gluttony and our hearts become ruined.
We want our hearts to produce everlasting harvest. It is, therefore, necessary that we make daily efforts to nourish ourselves with prayer, liturgy, and the Eucharist and to seek and practice the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. By doing this, we enable the Holy Spirit to descend upon us as he did on Pentecost and thus speak in tongues of love.
Have a blessed day!!!
May we be inspired by you ministry. May God show himself to us as he did to you; May you intercede for us to obtain the grace of hope.
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