When I read his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, what struck me is how Pope Benedict’s words revealed a certain quality that would be good to see in more abundance these days, a selfless love for the Church. It seems evident that his decision to resign was motivated by his love for the Church that formed him into the exemplary Christian that he is. It made me reflect on what it means to love the Church, to lay down one's life for her.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I wonder how many of us parents ever stop to think about the fact that our children are being evangelized all day, every day.
I am not talking about the evangelization of the Good News of God’s love and His call to holiness. I am speaking of the proclamation of an anti-gospel, one that proclaims the following lies: Your worth is based on who you hang out with, what you do on a Saturday night; your happiness depends on what clothes you wear, what kind of cell phone you own, how good looking you are, whether or not you’ve got a boyfriend or girlfriend, whether or not you’re “having sex.” It claims that a baby isn’t a human being but a “choice,” and that the elderly have nothing to offer or teach us because they are "old," that they aren’t “useful” or "valuable" to society anymore. This anti-gospel is imbedded in the culture like cancer cells in a body. It isn't the culture, but it permeates the very mind and heart of the culture.
I’m not trying to scare you… oh, wait a minute: yes, I am. We parents need to be startled. We need to wake up. Especially those of us who call ourselves Christian but just sort of go through the motions.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Lord, help me to NOT be an obstacle to your plan for me today. Help me to hear your voice and respond with a generous YES to all you ask of me. Help me to NOT be distracted from your holy will by my own weaknesses, fears, and selfish desires. Help me to be obedient and faithful to you in all things, and attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit. Form my heart to desire nothing but your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.