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May our hearts be ablaze with holy zeal for Christ’s mercy, love, and truth!
Jesus strongly reacted in Jerusalem when He drove out the money changers in the Temple. Remembering the psalm from Scripture, “Zeal for your house will consume me,” imagine the disciples witnessing their beloved leader’s assertive rampage of the temple that day. He was chasing away all that wasn’t right and holy in the sanctuary of God. Jesus’ righteous anger and firm actions were a clear sign from the beginning of His ministry that He would fiercely protect God’s house, His truths, and teachings. He was serious about His mission to teach us to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him. Jesus showed us we could trust Him to keep us on the right path to heaven.
Just as Jesus was consumed with zeal for the Father’s house in the Jerusalem Temple, He is also serious about His pursuit and protection of our souls, the temple of the Holy Spirit. He wants to keep us on track to our goal of heaven. Jesus suffered and died for our sins and then resurrected from the dead so that we may have the hope of everlasting life in heaven.
If something or someone is blocking our relationship with God, making us less loving and less willing to sacrifice our selfish desires, Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to help us surrender our hearts to His Holy Will. He will pursue us with zealous passion; all we need to do is be open, listen, and follow Him. Jesus’ passionate invitation and promise of heaven are there in front of us, but we must decide to answer His call, make our path straight, follow His Way to heaven, and lead others to join us.
A consistent prayer life, studying Sacred Scripture, participation in the Mass, and frequent reception of the Sacraments, along with love and service to others, are sure ways to cooperate with God’s grace and strengthen our virtue and sanctity. This will surely lead to a zealous life for God and will likely draw others to Christ, too.
"The Pope Video" series continues! Watch the latest 2-minute installment: For the martyrs of our day, witnesses to Christ.
Each Friday of Lent we will share a different guide to help examine your conscience based on different aspects of our lives as members of the Vincentian Family.
"We invite you to walk with us together along our Road to Calvary these next 40 days." - Fr. Ron Hoye, C.M.
What do mothers do all day? They do so much! Often mothers can’t remember all the things they do for the family.
Lenten Series of reflections taken from the Conferences of the Rev. Lacordaire.
Please join the conversation between students from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and St. John's University on March 4, 2024 at 2:00pm ET.
“Every ward of a hospital is a chapel wherein Jesus resides.” – St. Vincent de Paul – Whenever I visit a hospital, Lord, your presence is very near. May everything I say or do for the sick be done to comfort and console as you would have me do.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
812 Duke Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
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9:30 AM – 2:30 PM