Listen in Silence – Feel the Joy
Dear Vincentian Family: How saddened we all were to here of terror taking place with Catholic aid workers, including Vincentians. We all must pray daily. We need to pray for Pope Francis, our bishops and priests, all religions and all those at risk of being under attack I remember saying the Rosary a few times a day years ago to pray for the souls in Russia. There was a change and I remember thinking, “Wow Mary did this!” She is the greatest intercessor. Pray always. Pray for each other in the Vincentian Family and all we serve. Amen
Listen in Silence – Do we really listen? Today’s Inspirational Snippet: God’s voice is waiting in the scriptures, in Christian music, in that spiritual book you’ve got sitting on your table, in your children or your spouse or the friend you “accidentally” bump into. Be silent and reflect on what God is calling you to do. Ask yourself what you can do to be more loving and holy. Silence is golden and perfect for Lent. We have gone through 2 weeks and are entering our third. Many of us feel uncomfortable with silence. It just seems abnormal in our nosy world, but to hear God clearly, we need to close out distracting noises. Look at yourself and identify your gifts, thanking God for them. Use the silence for reflection and decision making especially with helping those in need. What is the mark of love for your neighbor in need? Reflect on Matthew 7:7:12 and Psalm 138. When listening to those in need, be silent and listen intently.
Feel the Joy – Father, you stoop down to the level of your wayward children, providing them with laws to teach them how to grow up and become holy until you were ready to send your Son. Help me to obey you with joy, trusting that you know what’s best. Discipleship The gift of our faith is not something we are to hoard for our own benefit; it is meant to be shared with the world. Lent is a good time to wonder about what makes us Catholic, and the particular ways we can follow Christ’s call to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” The easiest thing to be in the world is you, God made you and you are awesome. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Always be yourself and feel the joy of God’s presence and love. “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” ~ John 10:10b
Lynn L’Heureux is Special needs co-coordinator & Advisor of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Calgary Alberta Canada.