Reflections. Extracts from THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY SEPTEMBER 2019

September 5thSt Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”  These words of Mother Teresa describe her calling and her mission. She lived her mission first as a Loreto sister but from 1948 until her death in 1997 she became a real mother of the poor in Calcutta.  Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother Teresa was entrusted with the mission of proclaiming God’s thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.” She was a soul filled with the light of Christ, on fire with love for Him and burning with one desire: “to quench His thirst for love and for souls.” There are many stories of how she made her life SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD.

O God, you called blessed Teresa to respond to the love of your Son with outstanding charity to minister to the poorest of the poor.  Grant us the will, we beseech you, through her intercession, to minister to Christ in his suffering brothers.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.   Prayer from the Mass for St Teresa.   Pope Francis: Prayer for the Care of Creation. 5. God of love, show us our place in this world as the channels of your love for all creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. 

September 7thWhen Joyce came home from the Justice and Peace meeting she shared with the family. “Who looks after the earth the best and takes greatest care to protect the resources we have, the poor, the rich, farmers, food gardeners or even those who grow beautiful flowers? Makes you think, doesn’t it?

One sabbath, while Jesus was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands.   Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Luke 6:1-5.   Pope Francis: Prayer for the Care of Creation 7. The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Praise be to you! Amen.  

September 8th. Sunday 23C.  Brother Vincent, the youth leader, was asked to address the congregation. ‘Is the way we follow Jesus a cultural kind of thing and was Jesus speaking figuratively when he told the people they had to hate everything and leave everything and count the cost of being his follower?  It is not so hard to give up everything if you haven’t got any close family or any possessions and so become a religious priest, brother or sister.  But if you do have important people, maybe a husband or a child you do have to count the cost and decide what it will mean for you to be a disciple, to put Jesus and his values first and not be more attached to things even when you are living in the world. I had to make quite a hard choice.”

Jesus said, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father, mother, wife and children, brothers and sister and even his own life cannot be my disciple.  Which of you desiring to build a tower does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  Pope Francis:  When human beings fail to find their true place in this world they misunderstand themselves and end up acting against themselves. Not only has God given the earth to man, to use it and respect it for the original good purpose, but man too is God’s gift to man.  LS 115

September 9th. Paul was really hooked on this whole thing of the care of creation.   He had considered a religious vocation at one stage but science and ecology had been a passion of his too.  “Remember how we always had weather stations around our garden when we were growing up,” he reminded his dad. “Do you think that is a kind of vocation too?’  “Of course, in today’s world, but don’t you think that Galileo had a vocation when he studied the stars and the sky all those centuries ago?

I, Paul,  rejoice in my sufferings for your sake and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body the Church of which I became a minister. Col 1:24-2:3.  Pope Francis: Humanity has changed profoundly and the accumulation of constant novelties exalts a superficiality which pulls us in one direction. It becomes difficult to pause and recover depth in life. Let us refuse to resign ourselves to this and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything.   LS 113. 

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