“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.” 1 Thes 4:11
St John Paul II…..what a man! Here he is, forgiving the man who tried to kill him. Remember that he beliveved with all his being that the Blessed Mother saved his life and moved the bullet to miss his major artery (by a tenth of a cm)….
The first reading today says that Abraham was “empowered by faith”….we too are to see our faith as the source of our powers, our strength…..if we run on faith, we’re good to go
What a week of saints and martyrs!
Tuesday of last week was St Teresa of Avila’s feast day….she said, where there is love, there is sacrifice….and where there is great love, sacrifice is easy
Look at our martyrs last week….St Callistus, St Ignatius, St Luke, St John de Brefeuf and his companions….all in one week! They paid the ultimate price for the Lord…what have we done recently??
Where there is GREAT love, sacrifice is easy… When we REALLY love Jesus, it is easy….
- for us to go to MAss on Sundays
- for a father to work hard to
- provide for his family
- for a mother to spend herself tirelessly taking care of her kids, day in and day out
- for us to give our 10% tithe
- for a parishioner to take a holy hour in the chapel
- for young folks to help move chairs for Oktoberfest
- for youth to sign up for NCYC
- for people of all ages to attend bible study and/or book study and/or retreats
- for folks to help out at Masses as ushers, EMHCs, lectors, servers, sacristans, musicians, etc.
- for a spouse to say “I’m sorry”
- for us to make a monthly confession
- for parents to make sure their children are catechized in the faith the best way
- for folks to pray the rosary
- for someone to say YES to become a priest or religious if God is calling them
- for a man to go to his martyrdom for Jesus’ sake
- for us to serve the poor
Where there’s great love, all the above is easy-peazy, at least it’s easy to DECIDE to do it. But where love is lacking, any of it seems like a horrible imposition.
Today we celebrate St. John de Brebeuf and his companions, the first north American martyrs….they died for the faith…..pray God we will serve the faith in all we do, too…
Today we celebrate St Luke the evangelist…though not an apostle, he died an apostle’s death: martyrdom. Luke took the gospel to Greece and Egypt. They hung him on a tree. He was a doctor but gave up the practice for the Lord, following him no matter the cost. He ended up a spiritual doctor
St Ignatius of Antioch was killed on this day in 107 …. they took him into the colosseum and the pagan crowds cheered the death of such a strong Christian. He prayed for his martyrdom, too…..do we pray for our sufferings/?