Father Stefan reflection for the day June 19

Pope Francis writes, ” Betrayals and sins mark the way of the people throughout the history of  salvation, which is the history of God’s fidelity and the people’s infidelity. God however, does not tire; God has patience, so much patience, and continues in time to educate and form his people, as a father with his son… We also despite our resolutions to follow the Lord Jesus, experience every day our egosim and the hardness of our heart. However, when we recognize ourselves as sinners, God fills us with His Mercy and His Love. It is precisely this that makes us grow as people of God, as a Church.”

Jesus is the true head of the Church. So often Bishops, priests and laypeople are tempted to think that we are running the Church. St Ignatius of Antioch wrote that every local church has 2 bishops, one visible, one invisible. 

Jesus wants to run the Church. We need to listen to the voice of Jesus and hear what He is saying to the Churches. Jesus wants our permission to do whatever He wants to do in the Church. Do we give Jesus permission to do whatever He wants to do in His Church?  Blessed John XXIII when he would have trouble sleeping worrying about all the problems in the Church he would pray to Jesus, ” Jesus it is your Church I am going to bed.” 

Here is a prayer written by Thomas Merton

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going

I do not see the road ahead of me

I cannot know for certain where it will end

Nor do I really know myself,

And the fact that I think I am

Following your will does not mean

That I am actually doing so

But I believe that the desire

To please you does in fact please You

And I hope that I will never do anything

Apart from that desire

And I know that, if I do this,

You will lead me by the right road,

Though I may know nothing about it,

Therefore I will trust you always

Though I may seem to be lost

And in the shadow of death

I will not fear. for You are ever with me,

And You will never leave me to face my perils



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