7 Quick Takes – Volume 4
Yesterday, at 8:00 pm in Rome, Pope Benedict resigned his office as Pope, and the Cardinals are now preparing for the conclave to elect the next successor to St. Peter. I need to pray for them, and keep praying, and so do you. We need to pray for a good Pope to lead the Church! Do not neglect to pray for His Holiness, Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus.
My husband and I spent Wednesday as a date day together and it was the best day I have had in quite awhile. I had lost sight of things, having become so impatient with him and impatient in general. As it is said, the people you hurt most are the ones you love. I’ve recommitted to being a better wife and loving him better. This also goes for all my relationships, and for my life as a whole. Relationships always need to be looked at and re-visited in where they stand and where they need to go. If this does not happen, they become stagnant. Do you need to do the same with yours, either in your own marriage or in other relationships? Especially in Lent, now is a perfect time to do so!
This past year, I’ve experienced alot of difficult times, resulting in a struggle with trust in God. I was spending time in prayer recently with an image of the Holy Face, and praying with this quote from St. Therese of Lisieux:
“Look at His adorable face.
Look at His glazed and sunken eyes.
Look at His wounds.
Look Jesus in the Face.
There, you will see how He loves us.”
It struck me, that in the time between Jesus’ death to resurrection, it seemed like it was game over. But, it wasn’t! We know what the outcome was and is – Love Himself won! So for me, for all of us, we have no reason to fear and no reason to doubt that God will keep His promises, because He always does.
I was listening to a talk recently, and the girl giving the talk said that in her time of need, all the churches she went to for help turned her away. I wondered, did she visit a Catholic Church, and did it turn her away too? I sure hope not, but it sounded as though this was the case. It made me realize that I, and the great majority of the church, do not do enough to evangelize or help others out. That needs to change. We need to be Christ to others. That job does not belong to someone else. That job belongs to you. That job belongs to me. What are we going to do this lent, and even afterward, to help? Assist at a food bank, or a crisis pregnancy center? What about helping a neighbor down the street? The possibilities are endless. We have to do something. The time is now!
To be Christ to others, we must know Him. It is so easy to let other things get in the way of daily personal prayer with the Lord. Be vigilant, and do it first. Before time for yourself, spend time with the Lord.
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