01.19.14

Meds

In Conversation with God:

… Lamb, referring to Christ, means three things: meekness of condition, purity and innocence of life, and satisfaction of sacrifice and offering…

We need to travel light and to jettison anything that impedes us, the weight of our faults. Every contrite Confession helps us to look to the future and to walk cheerfully and full of hope along the path that still stretches ahead. Each time we receive this sacrament we hear, like Lazarus, those words of Christ: Unbind him and let him go… because our faults, weaknesses, venial sins… bind and entangle the Christian, and prevent him from following his way with a light step. Just as the dead man came forth still bound up, so he who goes to Confession is still guilty. So that he should be freed of his sins Our Lord has said to the minister ‘Unbind him and let him go…’ The sacrament of Penance breaks all the bonds that the devil tries to fasten us with so that we cannot go quickly towards Christ…

Our union with Christ in the Eucharist must be expressed in the truth of our lives today – in our actions, in our behaviour, in our life-style, and in our relationships with others. For each one of us the Eucharist is a call to ever greater effort, so that we may live as true followers of Jesus: truthful in our speech, generous in our deeds, concerned, respectful of the dignity and rights of all persons – whatever their rank or income – self-sacrificing, fair and just, kind, compassionate and self-controlled… The truth of our union with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is tested by whether or not we really love our fellow men and women; it is tested by how we treat others; especially our families…, by whether or not we try to be reconciled with our enemies, on whether or not we forgive those who hurt us or offend us…

How do we suppose that people who do not have our Faith can come to the Holy Church if they see the unhandsome way in which those who call themselves followers of Christ treat each other? …

It is not sufficient to call ourselves Catholics. It is necessary to be truly united. The loyal sons and daughters of the Church ought to be the builders of authentic unity… we cannot forget our duty to work even harder for the internal unity of the Church, something which is essential to her spiritual and apostolic validity.

The Lord established an unmistakable sign by which the world can identify his followers: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Fraternal charity acts like a cement that holds the living stones of the Church together, to use an expression of St. Augustine… Honour all men. Love the brotherhood.

At the onset of the Roman persecutions the term brother acquired a deep meaning. Thanks to the external difficulties, the union among the faithful grew stronger. Today also we feel the need to strengthen that which characterizes Catholicism: our sense of solidarity, of friendship, of mutual comprehension, of respect for our heritage of doctrine and customs, of obedience and authority of faith. This is the essence of the Church’s power and beauty, that proves her authenticity. If we ought to love those who are not fully incorporated into the Church, how much more charity should we exercise towards our brothers and sisters in the Faith? …

Acquire the habit of speaking about everyone and about everything they do in a friendly manner, especially when you are speaking of those who labour in God’s service. Whenever that is not possible, keep quiet. Sharp or irritated comment may border on gossip or slander…

Love for unity will help us to maintain fraternal harmony. We will chose that which unites over that which divides: prayer, cordiality, fraternal correction, the Communion of Saints.

We need to keep in mind that there is an order in charity. God has to be at the top of our priorities. The bonds of faith, of blood, of common interests, of work, of locale are also very important. It would be a strange form of charity indeed that would have us caring for strangers more than for our neighbors. Saint Augustine teaches that without excluding anyone he gave himself more generously to his friends and members of his own family. In this expression of charity I have no regret, since I know that God is present in those who have been placed at my side.

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… it’s more than words, it’s more than what you say, it’s the things you do…

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