Thursday, August 16, 2007
Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary
St. Stephen lived in the late 10th century and early eleventh century. The entrance antiphon for the Liturgy is: Lord, be my rock of safety, the stronghold that saves me. For the honor of your name, lead and guide me.
Jesus is with us always; he leads us with gentle love and care into the presence of his Father.
Attitude is important. How can I cultivate a positive attitude towards all?
This passage from Paul's Letter to the Philippians (4:5-6) suggests a way:
"Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
To be gentle takes strength! But the Lord is near - not only near, He dwells in us. How can I not be at peace and grateful! One who is grateful, gentle, and peaceful has a positive attitude and attracts others.