Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Enemy No. 1 is not out there somewhere, but inside oneself. "Don't make room for bitter or dark thoughts."
— "Believe in the existence of the most noble and beautiful truths" and trust that God, through the Holy Spirit, is ushering everything toward the good, toward "Christ's embrace."
— Believers are not alone in their faith. There are others who hope, too. "The world goes on thanks to the vision of many people who created an opening, who built bridges, who dreamed and believed, even when they heard words of derision around them."
— Never believe the struggles here on earth are "useless." God never disappoints and he wants that seed he planted in everyone to bloom. "God made us to flower, too."
— "Wherever you are, build!"
— When life gets hard, and "you have fallen, get up. Never stay down. Get up and let people help you to your feet."
— "If you're sitting, start walking!" Start the journey.
— "If you're bored stiff, crush (boredom) with good works."
— "If you feel empty and demoralized, ask if the Holy Spirit may newly replenish" that void.
— Work for peace among people.
— Don't listen to those "who spread hatred and division."
— No matter how different people are from one another, human beings "were created to live together. With disputes, wait patiently. One day you will discover that a sliver of truth has been entrusted to everyone."
— Love people. Respect everyone's journey — whether it be troubled or down the straight and narrow because everyone has a story behind them.
— If fear or evil looms so large it seems insurmountable, remember "that Jesus lives in you. And, through you, it is he, who, with his meekness, wants to subdue all enemies of humanity: sin, hatred, crime and violence."
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Brothers Jaime and Charles Alphonse were present this morning to speak to us about the Ratio Formationis, which is getting ready. They communicated to us the various positive responses they are receiving from various parts of the Order. The second chapter is ready and it is emailed to all the provinces to study in the formation centers and also in the fraternity to give their own reflection and suggestions to make the document more rich and effective.
We also discussed the inter-continental formation meetings where various formation secretaries participated. The method used for these meetings need a little bit of improvement. The suggestions that have come from these meetings are very important…like including culture in our formation curriculum, the clericalism towards which the Order is rushing, inter-culturally the need of the hour. The document will include what the participants would like to be in the document.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
As human beings we look at each other when we meet. We meet people in various places and we curiously look at each other if we meet for the first time. We appreciate each other for beauty, for the person and for many reasons. There are people who love to look at others and thank the Lord for the gift of them. Just look around and we have millions of people we need our look of compassion, love and appreciation. There are so many in the families we need our look of understanding and acceptance. Unfortunately, we do look but for negative reasons. We look at others to find fault and not to appreciate for what they are. There are those who look at others to put them down by pointing at their defects and weaknesses. But we need to look at others so that they could feel our love and compassion. There are those who have been changed and converted with the compassionate and understanding look of the others.
Jesus always looked at people and gave then an opportunity to change and come back to the Lord. He looked at their hearts and invited them to change. He did not look at their characters but once he looked at them their characters got transformed. His eyes were searching and looking for people whom he could offer love and compassion. He looked at them and got into conversation with them. Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Mathew……who was a tax collector…Jesus looked at him…He left everything and followed Jesus with hope of change and conversion…The look of Jesus led Mathew to reflect on his present condition as person and had the opportunity to live better life. He offered himself for the service of the kingdom of God. St. Mathew must have prayed like the psalmist who said: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way”.(Psalm 139:23-24)