Friday, February 20, 2009

The Christ of Hope

Let us live this day in the fullness of joy in giving glory to God the Almighty. Sometimes it is necessary to remind ourselves just what are we suppose to be doing as God's creation, the children of God. The world has done the work of the Evil One for so long that it is not uncommon to find yourself trapped in one of his greatest snares: despair. It is important to look at life not through the eyes of a culture who seeks only to serve itself, a culture that is godless and sinful, a culture that is shallow and intolerant. The Evil One plays his game with great adeptness. While what we perceive as the foundation of goodness is being gradually destroyed, he has no greater joy than to see us wallow in despair. What are we to do? This is why I said we needed to be reminded of just what we are suppose to be doing. We are suppose be living each day giving glory to God by being imitators of His Son, Jesus. That is what we are to be doing. The Evil One has been fighting his cause for a long, long time. But we already know the outcome don't we? Jesus told us that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church and His people. Let us not give homage to Satan and a world that rejects God and His love, mercy, and goodness. Let us not become strangers to "our world" even if we are strangers in theirs. Let us pierce the darkness! Let us be bold! Let us hold the Light of Truth up to this world each and every day. Let us carry the Cross and lift it high for all to see. The Christ of Hope is here!
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,

will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts
and imagination
Prayer of
St. Francis de Sales

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