First, may Our Most Risen Christ be upon all of you my Brothers and Sisters in Christ in reading this:
Let's reflect a second.............. Suffering is "A lot" like this..........Let's say a mother takes her young child to the doctors office and then the nurse escorts the mother and her young child to the exam room. As the young child sits on the exam table she starts to cry and panic. The child's fear is confirmed when the mother tells her that she must get a "Shot!" This "Shot" is going to prevent any illness that may be around later in life and will make you stronger. The mother goes onto say to her young child
"Whom she Loves with her whole heart and soul", that "Yes, the shot is going to hurt and there will be some pain, but my child, I Love you! You must understand that by getting this shot, it is only going to make you stronger. So, please my child, know that I LOVE YOU and once you get through the pain, you will be a much stronger person."
Holy Scripture (The Word of GOD), is very clear and it is through out the Bible that suffering is a "Grace" and it will make us STRONGER!!
"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am Strong." -2 Corinthians 12:10
Then Jesus said to them "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." -Matthew 16:24
I have said for years and I do mean I HAVE SAID THIS for years, that satan "Is" going to get at you to make you suffer in your marriage, job, finances, your children, the health of a loved one or your health, trying to pay the bills and the list goes on. There are so many ways we ALL suffer and carry our Crosses in this life. But these ARE our Crosses and through them, Our Most Risen Christ has PROMISED us that the eternal reward that awaits us is "Unfathomable" to us to even try to understand the: PEACE, JOY, LOVE THAT AWAITS US!!! AND "Yes" the pain of our Cross is like getting the shot but it "Will" make us Stronger and the suffering is only "Temporary." BUT the PEACE, JOY, LOVE IS FOREVER!!!
~Arrow your brother in Christ
The Miracle of the Image – Ugo Festa
Ugo Festa was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1951. He was struck down at an early age with multiple sclerosis. Gradually his health deteriorated. This led to many other problems in his young life. By the age of 39, he was suffering from multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy. Early in 1990, his spine was becoming distorted and he was having seizures daily. He had been continually attending doctors since he first contracted the disease, but they could do nothing for him. He decided there was nothing left to try but prayer.
On the 28th April 1990, Ugo went with a pilgrimage to Rome. In his unfortunate situation, he was introduced to Mother Teresa who was in Rome at the time with a group whom he also became acquainted with. Ugo was invited along with this group to a retreat at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Trent, but he refused. On leaving, one of the group, a nun, gave him five copies of the Divine Image Picture and a Divine Mercy medal. The following day the 29th April 1990, Ugo wore the medal and carried in his arms the Images to be blessed to the papal audience at the Vatican. At the bottom of the steps to St. Peters the Holy Father passed by. Ugo asked him to bless his Divine Mercy pictures. After blessing the pictures the Pope asked him how he was.
Ugo told him he felt very despondent and was at a crisis in his life. The Holy Father said “How could you have a crisis with Jesus the Divine Mercy in your arms? Entrust yourself to him and pray to my Sr. Faustina to intercede.” With this advice Ugo changed his mind and decided that he would go to the the Divine Mercy Shrine in Trent.
At the side altar in the Villa O’Santissima Villazzano, Trent, there is a shrine to the Divine Mercy with a life size icon of the Divine Image. On the fourth day of praying in front of this icon Ugo suddenly noticed the arms of the Image stretched out to him and tremendous warmth flowed through his body. He found himself standing on his feet with his arms outstretched to the Lord and he heard himself loudly praising Jesus the Divine Mercy. He saw Jesus coming down to him, his white garment blowing as if in a breeze, he thought, “My God, this is the man from Galilee coming towards me”. He heard Jesus say in a clear voice, “Rise up and walk”. He began to walk. All his ailments were at that instant cured and he was more physically perfect than he had ever been in his life.
On August 19th, 1990, Ugo returned to the Vatican and during a Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall, was taken to meet Pope John Paul II again. He told him about the great grace he had received and thanked him for the words of inspiration which led him to Trent, and resulted in this great miracle of Divine Mercy. He gave Pope John Paul II a copy of the Divine Image, with the signatures on the back of the many people who witnessed the miracle on that day.
Ugo Festa thereafter devoted his life to Jesus, voluntarily working with disabled people and spreading the Message of Divine Mercy throughout Italy.
You must find that quiet place to sit, this is where I will be. This is where I am waiting. Waiting for you my child. I wait for you to come to me. I wait until you are ready. Ready to listen, ready to talk, ready to be with me. My child, I love you. I love you as my child. I love you and want to share this with you. Come to me, let me hold you, let me hug you until you feel my presence. Speak to me, share with me your concerns, your worries and your fears. Then as you leave to go back to the world. Leave with my peace, leave with my love, because you know that I have all your concerns, so that you have all my peace. I love you my child.
This bible verse says it all!! May we turn to scripture to hear the words of comfort and guidance. This scripture helped me as I was going through a difficult time. I would read this scripture daily, I even had it posted on my desk at work. As I would read this every day even two or three times a day, I would feel the peace of Our Lord around me. I would know that Our Lord had me and my situation and I would be okay. Was it easy to read and believe? Yes it was easy to read and believe. Was it easy to read and trust? Yes it was easy to read and trust. Did it make me not worry about my situation? No, the human in me made me worry, the human in me made me scared. My faith in me gave me peace, my faith in me gave me comfort. This faith is what I held onto. Each day got easier, each day became more peaceful. I couldn't have done it without Our Lord and hearing his word in scripture. I couldn't have done it without trusting and knowing that Our Lord is taking care of me. I couldn't have done it without prayer time and quiet time with the Lord. Our Lord was my best friend. He listened to me, He comforted me, He guided me and He gave me words to counsel me. Our Lord is there for each of us, He is there to listen, He is there to comfort, He is there to guide and He is there to counsel.
Turn to Him
Trust in Him.
He Loves You!!!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By: Richard Rohr
St. Francis illustrates this stage in many memorable ways. When he hears one day that the people of Assisi are calling him a saint, he invites Brother Juniper to join him in a walk through his old home town. Brother Juniper was the first simpleton (that is a compliment!), the holy fool of the original friars. Francis knew he could always trust him to understand what he was saying. Francis once said, “I wish I had a whole forest of such Junipers!”
Francis told Brother Juniper, “Let’s take off these robes, get down to our underwear, and just walk back and forth through Assisi. Then all these people who are thinking we are saints will know who we really are!” Now that’s a saint: someone who doesn’t need to be considered a saint, who can walk foolishly in his underwear the full length of Assisi.
A few years later, when people were again calling Francis a saint, he said, “Juniper, we’ve got to do it again.” This time they carried a plank into the piazza. They put it over some kind of a stone or maybe the fountain, and there they seesawed all day. They had no need to promote or protect any reputation or pious self-image.
That’s a rather constant spiritual tradition in the Eastern Church and in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, but it pretty much got lost after the 13th century Franciscans. We became more and more serious about this intense salvation thing, or you might say we took ourselves far too seriously. Moralism replaced mysticism. And this only increased after the in-house fighting of the 16th century reformations. We all needed to prove we were right. Have you noticed that people who need to prove they are right cannot laugh or smile?
When you are a “holy fool” you’ve stopped trying to look like something more than you really are. That’s when you know, as you eventually have to know, that we are all naked underneath our clothes, and we don’t need to pretend to be better than we are. I am who I am, who I am, who I am; and that creation, for some unbelievable reason, is who God loves, precisely in its uniqueness. My true identity and my deepest freedom comes from God’s infinite love for me, not from what people think of me or say about me. Both the people who praise me and those who hate me are usually doing it for the wrong reasons.
Adapted from Franciscan Mysticism (an unpublished talk)
Gateway to Silence:
I am who I am in the eyes of God, nothing more and nothing less.