What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ, and that we love him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And without the love of Jesus, everything else is useless.
Mothers are the heart of the home; they build family life by wanting, loving and taking care of their children. . . .
Recently, in L——, a young woman of twenty-one years, who had been scolded in the morning, attempted suicide later in the day by swallowing kerosene. Taken to the hospital, she said to the priest: “My mother chased me out of the house and I did not know where to go; so I thought the best thing would be to kill myself.”
Much suffering of young people is attributable to the family and particularly to mothers. Mothers make the home a center of love. Their role is sometimes hard, but there is the example of the Blessed Virgin, who teaches us to be good with our children. We Missionaries of Charity also have to be mothers and make our communities happy homes (LC, 24).
I think the world today is upside down, and is suffering so much, because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. If we could only bring back into our lives the life that Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth, if we could make our homes another Nazareth, I think that peace and joy would reign in the world.
is fitting that the end of all our desires, namely eternal life
coincides with the words at the end of the creed, “Life everlasting.
The first point about eternal life is that man is united with God. For God himself is the reward and end of all our labours: I am your protector and your supreme reward. This union consists in seeing perfectly: At present we see through a glass, darkly; but then we shall see face to face.
Next it consists in perfect praise, according to the words of the prophet: Joy and happiness will be found in it, thanksgiving and words of praise.
It also consists in the complete satisfaction of
desire, for there the blessed will be given more than they wanted or
hoped for. The reason is that in this life no one can fulfil his
longing, nor can any creature satisfy man’s desire. Only God satisfies,
he infinitely exceeds all other pleasures. That is why man can rest in
nothing but God. As Augustine says: You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our heart can find no rest until it rests in you.
Since in their heavenly home the saints will possess
God completely, obviously their longing will be satisfied, and their
glory will be even greater. That is why the Lord says: Enter into the joy of your Lord. Augustine adds: The
fullness of joy will not enter into those who rejoice, but those who
rejoice will enter into joy. I shall be satisfied when your glory is
seen, and again: He who satisfies your desire with good things.
Whatever is delightful is there in superabundance. If
delights are sought, there is supreme and most perfect delight. It is
said of God, the supreme good: Boundless delights are in your right hand.
Again, eternal life consists of the joyous community
of all the blessed, a community of supreme delight, since everyone will
share all that is good with all the blessed. Everyone will love everyone
else as himself, and therefore will rejoice in another’s good as in his
own. So it follows that the happiness and joy of each grows in
proportion to the joy of all.
Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that the Church being a body composed of different members, the most essential, the most noble of all the organs would not be wanting to her; I understood that the Church has a heart and that this heart is burning with love; that it is love alone which makes the members work, that if love were to die away apostles would no longer preach the Gospel, martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. I understood that love comprises all vocations, that love is everything, that it embraces all times and all places because it is eternal!
Lord, make us realize that by simply suffering for Jesus’ sake and by bearing “in the body the death of Jesus” [2 Corinthians 4: 10], we can often do more for him and for others than we can by being active. It is very hard to understand this, so please make us realize that our very helplessness can be of great use to others, if we suffer it with and for Jesus. Our suffering works mysteriously, first in ourselves by a kind of renewal and also in others who are perhaps far away, without our ever knowing what we are accomplishing. Christ on the cross has perhaps done more for humanity than Christ speaking and acting in Galilee or Jerusalem. Suffering creates life. It transforms everything it touches. Help us to understand this through Christ, our Lord.
Faith is lacking because there is so much selfishness and so much gain only for self. But faith, to be true, has to be a giving love. Love and faith go together. They complete each other.
People don't know they have lost their faith. If they were convinced that the person lying in the dirt is their brother or sister, I believe they would do something for that person. People don't know what compassion is. They don't know people. If they understood, they would immediately realize the greatness of the people lying in the street and would simply love them. And the love would surely lead them to place themselves at their service.
Jesus did not only treat and heal the sick, but he was also a
tireless promoter of health through his saving presence, teaching and
action. His love for man was expressed in relationships full of
humanity, which led him to understand, to show compassion and bring
comfort, harmoniously combining tenderness and strength. He was moved by
the beauty of nature, he was sensitive to human suffering, he fought
evil and injustice. He faced the negative aspects of this experience
courageously and, fully aware of the implications, communicated the
certainty of a new world. In him, the human condition showed its face
redeemed and the deepest human aspirations found fulfillment.
He wants to communicate this harmonious fullness of life to people
today. His saving action not only aims to meet the needs of human
people, victims of their own limits and errors, but to sustain their
efforts for total self-fulfillment. He opens the prospect of divine life
to man: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).
Called to continue Jesus’ mission, the Church must seek to promote a full and ordered life for everyone.
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience
with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own
imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every
day begin the task anew.
A most powerful and efficacious remedy for all evils, a
means of correcting all imperfections, of triumphing over
temptation, and preserving our hearts in an undisturbed peace,
is conformity with the will of God.
We must not be wise and prudent according to
the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure. We should never
desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are
submissive to every human being for God's sake. The Spirit of the Lord
will rest on all who live in this way and persevere in it to the end. He
will permanently dwell in them. They will be the Father's children who
do his work. They are the spouses, brothers and mothers of our Lord
Are you making no progress in
prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has
poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent
love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every
activity pray as follows: "My God, I do this or I endure that in the
heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you
in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions."
Continue to do this in every circumstance of life.
I rejoice my dearest son, in your devoted good will regarding both your generous almsgiving and your gentle rule. All this surely pleases God and deserves the mercy of his perpetual blessing. Always work to the utmost for the honor of God Almighty. In goodness and piety, follow the example of your most excellent father so that by Christ’s divine clemency you may inherit his blessing.
Listen faithfully to the poor and judge their cause with absolute justice. Do not permit the judges under you to judge for presents and gifts. For Holy Scripture says gifts blind the hearts of the wise and subvert the words of the just. Hold in honor those who are true servants of God, for some come in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves. The Truth says that by their fruits shall you know them. Have as counselors wise men, who fear God. Not flatterers, for a flatterer is a bland enemy and often seduces those who consent to him. Be prudent in thought and cautious in speech. Always set your hope on God, for he never fails them whose hope is set on him.
My greatest joy is hearing about a good manner of life on your part. For God prospers a kingdom where the rulers of a Christian people live most strict lives, and conduct their relationships among men in a way pleasing to him. Thus a blessing from heaven is certain to come on the nation and kingdom.