Do you believe that the One who created the whole universe , gave you , your ears, eyes, tongue , your mind, your ability to love can communicate
with you ? Do you believe that He also wants to speak to you ? Or else you just live your life , as a traveller, who sets out without a map and GPS for a tour of discovery , and only listens to his own common sense and the advice of others ?Even like this it is not impossible to reach one’s goal , but how much nicer, safer , simpler it all is if you ask and accept the help Who with infinite love created this world and you also.
Look at your child ! Your child is worth much more than the beautiful Pieta created by Michelangelo , because that is only marble , a dead stone , but your child has an immortal soul !
The most wonderful fulfilment of your life is the life that arises from you , since through your child you yourself can also get closer to heaven. You are a miracle that carries and nurtures the miracle . The child is the bearer of the flower , yet your child wholly is your fruit.
For me my Catholic faith is not laborious , it is not about struggling hard watching myself , to be cleansed , to bridle my body , spirit with different forms of exercises , I am relaxed about becoming perfect - it is good for me being a simple lesser Franciscan brother , who with a childlike faith nestles close to the Heavenly Father , Who accepts and loves him with all his weaknesses as well.
Doesn’t it seem like a routine , boring that we feed our bodies several times daily? Yet we still do not think about it as an unnecessary habit. It is at least as important to feed our souls regularly. The food nourishes our body just the same even when we it does not make our mouths water , then when we are ravenously hungry . Even if I cannot always feel great empathy the meeting with God , it still strengthens us. Man unfortunately is very often absent-minded, preoccupied and fallible and it is not certain that he can always dress his spirit into one’s Sunday best.
God wants to work within us and not in place of us and He is not going to write His advices on brightly lit neon signs , so that our only task would be to nod : Yes, God , of course God ! and march triumphantly in such a way on our journey . One also has to meditate in the quietness of prayer , to find answers , make an effort to fulfil all that in this day and age that our Lord Jesus Christ set as a task for us.
In any regime one can be an inhuman beast, but also can retain their human dignity as well. One can have a brilliant mind, can complete a medical degree , theology , can live in the most advanced democracy, but the inner selfishness , lust for power , the immeasurable greedy hunger despite all this can turn them into horrible “beasts “ .
Be silent and if you call upon your Creator , it is quite certain that deep within your heart you will experience that He will answer you , through your conscience , He will enlighten you us to what you have to do .
Whoever wants to meet with God they do not have to cross seas, climb mountains , because God lives within our hearts, if we open up our hearts for Him then He will enter , He is only an arm's length away from us.
You can be a family man , a friar, a priest , a worker or a convicted prisoner, be not afraid . Whoever you are, wherever you are , whatever is your business , right this minute you can start praying, you can address your God and He will listen to you with love , answer you . Be not afraid!
Beseech your Lord : To water my faith the size of a mustard seed with Your graces , and like the blessed spring sunshine , embrace me with Your infinite love and then it is quite certain that my growing faith , my devotion to You will also spring up as a stem and will grow up to become a great tree . I am not afraid of the long, hard storms if You are with me my God , because I know that Your goodness nurtures , takes care of me so that the drifting birds of heaven may find a home amongst my branches .