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Making the most of divine opportunities
After Jesus touches our lives — answers a prayer, gives us a healing, provides a life-changing insight, or makes any other kind of difference — what do we do next? Our life has been changed by divine grace. Do we make the most of this new opportunity?
God never forces us to take a new direction or follow a certain path, not even if we’ve made a bargain with him, such as: “Lord, if you heal me, I will go to Mass every day.”
Jesus says to us what he said to Bartimaeus, the man he healed in this Sunday’s Gospel reading: “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Go where?
Sometimes his instructions are a little more informative than that. When he cures someone from sin, he adds: “Go and sin no more”. Okay, but go where?
Every step we take is important. Where we go and what we do next makes a difference that ripples off into the future with ramifications (blessings and/or woes) that are impossible for us to predict. Jesus isn’t downplaying the significance of this. Rather, what happens next is so important that he wants us to have full control over it.
Jesus told Bartimaeus “Go your way.” And what did Bartimaeus do with that freedom? He “followed him on the way.” He opted for the best possible direction. His life changed dramatically, not only because he had been blind and now, he had good eyesight, but because he wanted to learn from Jesus and become one of his followers.
How many times have we returned to an old familiar path after an encounter with Christ? If following him means taking a new direction, getting involved in a new ministry, or changing careers or friends, we too often settle back into old routines. Comfort zones are hard to leave. But following Jesus is a life-changing adventure if we’re sincere about our faith.
Following Jesus and learning from him should be our highest priority. Every encounter with Christ should change us — even at Mass when we reunite ourselves to him in the Eucharist.
From October 29th until November 21st, the Daughters of Charity will celebrate their General Assembly in Paris at their Motherhouse (140 rue du Bac).
Fr. Rooney lets us know the most difficult step or attitude in discernment!
For this widow and mother of four living in Mtindu, Tanzania, the Campaign has represented a chance for a new beginning and a better life for herself and her children.
Blessed Frederic Ozanam pronounced his well-known sentence: "The order of society rests on two truths: justice and charity." Undoubtedly, promoting decent work is a duty of justice and charity.
Through an online presentation, you will be inspired on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m., as you hear stories of ways the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth transform lives through their ministries.
Learn about the Congregation of the Mission in Ireland in this video produced by Vincentian Family Ireland.
“Though truth and sincerity should ever guard our words, yet we should be careful never to offend others.” – St. Louise de Marillac – Lord, I want to be honest and upright in my dealings with others. Keep from me all thoughts of vengeance or retaliation toward those who may have hurt me through a
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