During the course of my work with needy families I experienced that just as in mathematics , in life as well there are always good solutions . There are answers to the problems where by all can have a satisfactory outcome . We have to find these satisfactory outcomes in our own microcosm , in the lives of the people living around us , but we also have to search for, find these “ good solutions “ in the life of the big family of mankind.
In the life of Saint Philip Neri I also saw it, like in mine : that how good it is to live in contentment and love . I never felt it as a burden or sacrifice what I am doing . The writings about the life of Saint Philip regard his serenity, optimism as his most important characteristics . Probably he also felt , the same what an adult living among children always does : how lucky is the person , who received this calling from the Lord : to take care of sincere, unspoilt children!
Lord the waves are battering us , we are afraid , we became very small , insignificant in this disrupted world , there are so many bad news , so many aggressive people , hatred in the incoming tide!…We beseech You to come into our midst , calm down the turbulent elements and bring peace to Your children , because we are anxious , afraid that we’ll perish! Clutching onto Christ with trustful heart I lay my head down to sleep in this tossed about boat !
..I was thinking , it would be good to meet with happy man. No matter where I was searching , from what I saw that only those people are well- balanced , who are searching for God , live in His presence .
Love , gentleness , goodness , patience can build a bridge across two worlds , trust gives rise to trust , friendship to friendliness . If we step instinctively on Christ's way , who, even though is the great God who created this world , on the night of Christmas came among us infinitely gently , as a defenceless Child ! That burning love felt towards us , made our Lord Jesus Christ small, weak, vulnerable and not only on the night of Christmas but for ever ! Our only hope God kind-hearted gentleness ! That gentleness , that infinite love , that made the great, powerful God into a vulnerable child snuggling up to us ! Strength in the weakness , greatness in the vulnerable smallness ! Wonderful !!
We should not just admire our Master’s gentle patience with which He is approaching us but we should also be each other’s kind hearted lesser brothers ! Lets not live in our own little enclosed world , passing judgement , wounding others , but lets approach each other with this with this christlike gentleness trying to bring out the goodness , the saint from each other . Love gives birth to love and it also brings to the surface from us who love , and from our companions whom we love that we could not have even dreamt about ! Love leads us to the land of miracles , that produces such joy that takes us up to the Kingdom of Heaven !!!
Love is the only force that can open such new vistas not only in the life of mankind but even in my own everyday as well ! I often said to my children that the christlike love is a real magic wand , that if we take it into our hands following the example of our Master , and if we use it with His kindhearted spirituality it will make miracles happen in our lives !
I was thinking , how different our world would be, if we would try to approach each other with such kindhearted goodness trying to bring peace !
The first prayer you can say : Lord help me, to be able to believe in you . Grant me the gift so that with living faith I believe that I am not shouting on a desert island ! Help me so that I may believe , that even if I cannot see You, even if I am feeling my way in the dark , You are here beside me and You hear my voice .
Thanks be to God these days we do not get (yet) incarcerated , but the everyday fallibilities, sins can frequently , severely restrict the freedom of all us !That is why there is a great need for the sincere brotherly admonition -like the one that Jesus also encourages us to do . 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”Matthew 18, 15-17
I am not naive , I am aware that one is small , weak , fallible , I also know ,that I also am stumbling on the way from nothing towards Infinity ! In my life so far , who lovingly told me my faults looking into my eyes and warned me with brotherly strictness , I included into my prayers , because a really good gardener is weeding his flowers ! That is why I ask you humbly this day , that by telling my faults into my face , trustingly admonish me , help me to break my chains that hinder me in my progress towards God ! Yes , I encourage you that with infinite tactfulness to address each other privately and lets help to break lovingly , but with relentless determination the chains holding us back from our soaring towards heaven ! Lets present each other with prayerful love with the freedom worthy of the Children of God !