01.25.14 ~ Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

Meds

In Conversation with God:

Mary’s mission, then and now, is to give Jesus, her Son, to us. This is why we call Our Lady Cause of our Joy…

Joy is the immediate consequence of a certain fulness of life. For the individual this fulness consists above all in knowledge and love. Through his infinite mercy, God has made us his children in Jesus Christ, and sharers in his nature, which is exactly that – fulness of life: infinite knowledge, immense love… Your hearts will rejoice, Our Lord promised at the Last Supper, and no one will take your joy from you…

How different this true gladness is from a happiness dependent on material well-being, on health (how fragile it is!), on our moods (which change so easily!), on temporarily not having any difficulties or lacking in the things we need. We are children of God and nothing should trouble us, not even death itself…

If our joy is authentic, the circumstances that surround us are never immutable or conclusive, because our joy is founded on faithfulness to God in carrying out our duty, and in embracing the Cross. How is it possible to be cheerful when we are bowed down by sickness, when we see the threat of injustice or suffer its cruelty? Won’t that cheerfulness be a deceptive illusion or an irresponsible means of escapism? No! It is Christ who gives us the answer – only Christ! Only in him do we find the true meaning of our own life and the key to human history. Only in him – in his doctrine, in his redeeming Cross whose salvific strength makes itself present in the sacraments of the Church – will you always find vigour to make the world a better place, a happier place, a place more worthy of man who is God’s image…

In the light of Christ’s Cross… there is no room for a fear of pain, because we understand that love is shown through pain: the truth of love, of our love for God and for all men…

Gloominess does great harm to us and to those around us. It is a harmful plant that we must uproot as soon as it appears. Delight your soul and comfort your heart; remove sorrow far from you, for sorrow has destroyed many, and there is no profit in it.

Whenever circumstances tend to be a cause of worry we can regain our joy if we know how to open our hearts: speak, give vent to what is oppressing the soul…

The family is a particularly important sphere in which we need to sow and spread great joy. The outstanding characteristic of our homes has to be the habitual smile (even though we may be tired or worried), together with optimistic warm-hearted behaviour which in its effect is like the ‘pebble dropped into the lake’, which produces a widening, expanding circle, and then another still wider… if our outlook on life is gloomy and pessimistic, our attitude cantankerous and intolerant, it separates us from people and from God, constantly creates new tensions and inevitably leads to a lack of charity… ‘no one can put up with the gloomy and disagreeable man all day long.’ Thus a person is bound, by a certain natural debt in decency to get along amicably with others…

who can say that they cannot overcome their faults when one of the most zealous persecutors of believers could be transformed into the Apostle to the Gentiles? …

For as we share in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. Paul found joy not in the absence of difficulties but in the presence of Christ.

Playlist

… there is a video i found from back when i was three, you set up a paint set in the kitchen and you’re talking to me, it’s the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs, daddy’s smart and you’re the prettiest lady in the whole wide world, now i know why all the trees change in the fall, i know you were on my side even when i was wrong, and i love you for giving me your eyes, staying back and watching me shine…

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