If God struck us down us everytime we did something evil, none of us would be here. While God never wills any of us to do evil, He allows us to make our own choices. Love demands freedom. If we choose to sin, God doesn't immediatey do away with us...becuase He desires us to turn back to him. He is PATIENT! His patience is a sign of His love for us. Today's homily shows how patience and forgiveness can lead to tremendous holiness and conversion.
If you are tired of being lukewarm...If you are sick of being bored at mass..If you have been struggling with a sin for decades and don't think you can defeat it...OR...If you are living a faith-filled life but don't know what the next step looks like -- there IS something you can do about it! In today's homily I explain what the somtheing is.
Chiara Petrillo (whose picture is shown to the left) shows us what Jesus meant when he said "my yoke is easy, and my burden light." Despite losing 2 babies and then losing her own life to cancer...she radiated joy and peace. Want to know what her secret was? It isn't a secret at all...it is something we can all do.
Jesus told His disciples, "if you love me, follow behind me." This Semitic phrase "follow behind me" implies far more than imitating Jesus or simply doing what he does. It implies entering into his divine life and becoming ONE with Him. Understand this phrase and you will understand what it truly means to be His disicple.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” When Jesus uttered these words, He was speaking literally. Dead serious. All of sacred Scripture points to the reality of the Eucharist...and so does the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Sacramental marriage between 1 man and 1 woman is under attack in our world becasue it resembles the Most Holy Trinity. Satan hates it--and desires it to be destroyed. Now more than ever, we need holy husbands and wives who will serve as living icons of God on this earth. As marriage goes, so will our country go. This is THE issue of our day.
Whoever or whatever the Holy Spirit touches is forever changed and empowered. If you are lukewarm...if you struggle with a certain sin that you can't seem to beat...if you desire to be holy but don't know where to start: pray to the Holy Spirit. When He enters into your heart and soul, everything changes. "Holy Spirit, sweet guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee. Amen."
On August 12, 1999 my brother tragically took his own life. He was 19. I was 20. This was a brutal time...a time where one could easily ask God, "Why have you abandoned me?" 18 years later, I know that God has not abandoned me. Nor did He abandon my brother. In fact, becuase of the Ascension God has united Himself to all of us in a real and mystical way...so that we are never without Him. God was there when my brother died. He is there for all of us. And through the Ascension He unites us (in His Body) to all of our loved ones--on earth, in Purgatory and in Heaven. This ought to bring us tremendous peace, hope and joy!
On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Virgin appeared to 3 small shepherd children--Lucia (10), Francisco (9) and Jacinta (7). She explained to them that if enough people repented of their sins and prayed the rosary daily there would be peace in the world. Her message largely went unheeded. The good news is: it is still a valid message. If people do those 2 things, we will bring peace to a world that needs peace. Oh...and if that isn't enough incentive, yesterday, little Francisco and Jacinta were canonized saints. This message not only leads to peace on earth but to eternal life. Will you follow?
Jesus Christ calls everyone by name to follow Him. He desires our happiness. And by responding to His voice we will be happy--in this life, yes, but more importantly in heaven for all eternity. On this World Day of Prayers for Vocations, we need to pray that our young people will hear God's voice and have the courage to say "Yes Lord, I will follow you." Amen.