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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sail on, stay calm...

Sometimes a picture is the best way to reflect on our lives. I am in a boat and the waters are calm. This helps me to center and I love the sandy beach, the mountain peak in the distance still covered with snow, and the serenity of the entire picture. It speaks to me and calls me to sail on.
Here is another bit from the Pope's Gospel of Joy:
"The Church’s closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; communion and mission are profoundly interconnected".20 In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Lk 2:10). The Book of Revelation speaks of "an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people (Rev 14:6)."


    "The Church which "goes forth" is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Lord gets involved and he involves his own, as he kneels to wash their feet. He tells his disciples: "You will be blessed if you do this"

I was so impressed with the Associates who came to the Quad Area meeting from both Houston and New Orleans. These are wonderful women who are living our charism and giving testimony to God's love to their families and colleagues in the midst of a busy life.

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