Here is the video that my wife shot for me this morning…It was another Facebook live video, so I hope you like it…There is a cameo from my old videographer, and she is quite funny…Peace of Christ, Jason
Saint Louis de Montfort
These videos are meant to help you get caught up on the reading…As I said in last week’s post and Saturday’s meeting, I would highly recommend buying the book, if you would rather read it yourself. You won’t regret buying it, I promise.
Today, we are continuing to follow and learn about Marian Consecration through the eyes of Saint Louis de Montfort…Please see yesterday’s post for ordering information of the book to order if you want to read along…My hope is that you find these videos helpful, especially if you don’t like to read…
Here is the final prayer for today: (sorry, for the two videos today)
We are starting this retreat for our youth yesterday, and I am hoping to use these videos to help those youth that may not want to read or have trouble getting the reading done. If you want to get the book, to follow along, you can find it on Amazon or you can get it where I did and go here: Shop Mercy or Ebook @Shop Mercy
Sorry for the shaky video…It was my five year olds first time shooting a video.
The idea of a person who adamantly opposes a movement and then becomes one of its strongest supporters, is a pretty benign concept to someone that understands a little about psychology. As children of God, we all struggle against the one thing that will save us, thereby creating a cause for us to act upon. Paul says in his letter to the Romans, and he was speaking to Christians in Rome after his conversion. However, I believe the same contradiction existed in him from the beginning, as it does in all of us. “For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” (Romans 7:19 NABRE) The cause that most of us act upon is selfishness, but if we stopped to think about what really brings us happiness and joy, it is selflessness. If we did the things that bring joy to others, rather than to ourselves, we would be truly full of joy, but too often we choose the things that would make us temporarily happy.
Paul, when he was known as Saul, went on a mission to attack the one thing that could save him, the Christian movement. The movement that was created by God to disciple the world with people that were uniquely his own through their relationship with his son, Jesus. In his case, as we saw in the retelling of the murder of Stephen, he was not always out front in the attack against the Christian movement, but he chose to be out front to stand up for the cause that he believed was just. “They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul.” (Acts 7:58) In his case, he had formed his life’s mission around the destruction of a people that were in opposition to his faith. God knew the fortitude that was won in Paul through years of training in the Jewish faith, and dramatically changed his path to bring him to a new understanding and leave the path of wickedness behind, because God knew that movement needed his unique gifts.
From Jason to John…For me, God knew the weakness and lack of obedience that had been won through years of neglect and lack of discipline, so it was a slow and deliberate conversion over the past 25 years. I think this is the case for most Christians today, God chooses to make our conversions much more deliberate and gives us the opportunity to choose to follow at every step. However, as I spoke with a current college age convert yesterday, I realized that the blinding conversion of Paul may be becoming more necessary to keep new disciples from getting lost in this self-obsessed culture that is so pervasive. My conversion was not like Paul’s or Saul’s, but I can definitely see that God has been using the events in my life to make me aware that there is another mission for me that is beyond what the world would offer. A mission that calls me by name to do a work that I would not choose for myself, but I follow because I know it is God’s will.
When I think about the love I felt in the church the other day, this is the love that I think of…
From a work by Saint Teresa of Avila, virgin
Let us always be mindful of Christ’s love
If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that if we expect to please him and receive an abundance of his graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight.
Many, many times I have perceived this through experience. The Lord has told it to me. I have definitely seen that we must enter by this gate if we wish his Sovereign Majesty to reveal to us great and hidden mysteries. A person should desire no other path, even if he is at the summit of contemplation; on this road he walks safely. All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example.
What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near. Let us consider the glorious Saint Paul: it seems that no other name fell from his lips than that of Jesus, because the name of Jesus was fixed and embedded in his heart. Once I had come to understand this truth, I carefully considered the lives of some of the saints, the great contemplatives, and found that they took no other path: Francis, Anthony of Padua, Bernard, Catherine of Siena. A person must walk along this path in freedom, placing himself in God’s hands. If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, we ought to accept this gladly.
Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favours, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For if at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort. (end of quote from Saint Teresa of Avila)
Question is…What will we accomplish today with the power of this great love?
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death…Amen!
What have you done for your eternal soul lately?
Are you just walking through Babylon expecting the world to stop being evil?
Are you willing to be the change that you are expecting to see? (Pope Francis did and he is willing to admit his faults, are we?)