What is true happiness?
Father Jacques Philippe in his book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace tells us, "This is the way to happiness,... leave God free to act in His way, He is infinitely more capable of rendering us happy than we ourselves are, because He knows us and loves us more than we can ever know or love ourselves."
So often in today's world we base our happiness or unhappiness, on what we have or what we desire to have. Good Saint John of the Cross points out that it is only when we lay aside the things we strive for, trust God to provide our needs, and make a real effort to follow God's path that we will truly find the depth of happiness and peace that God promises: "All things were given to me from the moment when I no longer sought them." - Saint John of the Cross
May we strive this day and always to allow God to show us what true happiness is and to live simply desiring Him and His desires for us!
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I love this time of year in the Church. Though the world has moved on from Christmas, Valentines Day is already out in the stores, as Christians we are called to live these remaining Christmas Days with focus and joy. (The last day of the Christmas Season is Saturday, January 11)
In the Liturgy of the Mass we hear and see Jesus, the man, demonstrate God's promise of love and care for all - the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Yet at the same time, in the Christmas reflections (In Conversation with God) we hear and see the trust that Joseph had, while fathering Jesus the baby, in God's promise of love and care for all - the escape from Herod and the flight into Egypt.
Even these chosen two, Joseph and Mary, were not spared from hardship and difficulty. May we always remember in the trials of our life that God has our back. May we strive to be open to His grace and attentive to His guidance. May we trust, even when we do not understand how things will work out or where the road is leading us. And, may we, like the apostles share our "five loaves and two fishes" for the glory of God and the benefit of others.
"...being close to God does not mean being free from pain or difficulties. God has only promised us the serenity and fortitude to face up to them." - In Conversation with God / January 7th
As we wait for The Child this Advent, may our Lord shower each of us with an understanding of our own call to Spiritual Childhood.
"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
- Luke 18:17
A child lives fully in the present and nothing more. The adult's less admirable predisposition is to look restlessly to the future, ignoring the here and now, the present moment, which ought to be lived to the full. - Season of Advent, December 19th / In Conversation with God
May we slow our Advent down and wait with joyful hope for the Babe who is our Answer and our King!
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WONDER AND AWE
There is a wonderful Spiritual Reading series called - In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez. With reflections for the Liturgical Season and Daily Readings, this series is a wonderful way to live the Liturgical Year of the Church and grow deeper in your faith.
Yesterday's reflection was all around St. Joseph! His call, his quiet (almost hidden) love and care of Jesus, and his trust in God. In a world that began celebrating Christmas back in October, may we strive to slow down and spend these remaining days of Advent with Joseph walking towards the Nativity.
As we wait patiently for the Christ Child, may we know peace, love and joy in our life.
Sancte Joseph, ora pro eis, ora pro me.
(Saint Joseph, pray for them, pray for me.) - Season of Advent, December 17th / In Conversation with God