Autumn is such an amazing season when earth bursts forth into blazing shades of bright red, yellow and purple before it surrenders to the monochrome of winter. Such extravagant show may seem futile as everything is hushed into the dead of winter. Yet nature offers no resistance, nor does it seem to fear the impending loss. Rather the vibrant foliage seems to playfully taunt the futility which follows it because the promised new life of Spring is really not far ahead. I think this lesson of hope from nature is reflected from the words of St. Paul, "for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God." (Rom. 8:20-21)
Such reassuring words from Scripture of God's saving work is preeminently displayed in the Church's liturgical celebrations during the month of November. The Solemnity of All Saints reminds us that our heavenly friends who courageously endured the futility of this passing age have now been crowned with happiness beyond human understanding - and with them, we too hope to "share in the glorious freedom of the children of God." The remembrance of All Souls reminds us that our deceased loved ones are indeed full of hope for the "souls of the just are in the hand of God" (Wisdom 3:1). Even the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day which we celebrate at the end of the month summon us together to count our blessings and gratefully share them as gifts to others. Nature's magnificent display in autumn truly invites us to add more color to life through the splendid hues of Christian charity that we all must bring forth to the world.
Here at the Shrine of St. Anthony, the Home of the Companions, the golden bust of the saint shines ever brighter as the backdrop of autumn shades peak along our wooded trails. The gold tone of the reliquary symbolizes not only St. Anthony's exceptional virtues but the virtues too of all his Companions. We can never thank God enough for the witness of all these living saints who bring to life the delicate colors of Christian discipleship. We thank you all for accompanying us and for making the world a more fitting gift to God.
Lord, you are the fullness of life, of holiness and of joy. Fill our days and nights with the love of your wisdom, that we may bear fruit in the beauty of holiness, like a tree watered by running streams.
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming From tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming As seers of old have sung. It came a blossom bright, Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night.
Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind. With Mary we behold it, The Virgin Mother kind. To show God’s love aright, She bore to us a Savior, When half spent was the night. ... See MoreSee Less
“I want to adorn myself, not out of worldly pride, but for the love of God alone – in a fitting manner, however, so as to give my husband no cause to sin, if something about me were to displease him. Only let him love me in the Lord, with a chaste, marital affection, so that we, in the same way, might hope for the reward of eternal life from him who has sanctified the law of marriage.” -St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Our God is merciful! His mercy is endless. His Name is Mercy. He desires for us to come to Him to recieves many gifts from Him, starting with His mercy. Has God done anything in your life this week? Has He shown you mercy in any particular situation? Has God done a miracle for you this week? Do you have a praise report to give? If yes to any of these questions, please feel free to comment on this post! We want to know how Our Lord and God is working on your life! We build each other up in our faith by telling each other what God has done for us! #JesusItrustinYou #DivineMercy #GodisGood #AlltheTime #PraiseReports #Godanswersprayers ... See MoreSee Less
YES HE HAS I will post before and after results On Monday but he did make a miracle and if all is well Monday I will post what happened and what he did , and you will not be able to refuse the proof .
Thank you Jesus for keeping me safe from yesterday event. Amen.
I love and trust Our Lord who blesses us every day.
Yes, I have a praise report. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure a month ago and it was not responding to medication. I started to fear death because of anxiety issues. The Lord called me this week to embrace my suffering. The high BP has kept me from gluttony which I have suffered with for a long time. Now the meds are working, I’m eating to nurture my body and Jesus has given me a glance of redemptive suffering. This is the best Thanksgiving ever. Praise Jesus.