Saturday, April 12, 2008
May God be ever near
I came across this verse somewhere and it stayed in my head: "May all your wishes come true and every dream be found. May God be ever near and joy be all around."
Since God is ever near, it is nice to realize, too, that joy is all around.
In the first reading from Acts today, Peter brings back from the dead Tabitha. He does this by prayer and then just said, "Tabitha, rise up." Before this, in the same reading, Peter has cured Aeneas who had been confined to bed for eight years because he was paralyzed. Peter simply said to him, "Aneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed." When we have faith in Jesus, we can work wonders. Let us pray for the gift of faith to be able to use it to make the world a better place.
I want to share a quote from St. Madeleine Sophie from a conference she gave for the Feast of Pentecost in 1827 - "Now these persons about whom I have been speaking have found the secret of touching hearts; as they are no longer on the lookout for their own advantage, they do not even desire to do good; rather they have only one desire: to follow the impulse of the Holy Spirit. As to good or poor success, they calmly leave that to God...Let us call on the Spirit, therefore, so that she can fill us with her gifts."
It is always a good thing to call on the Spirit and desire to have her gifts!