Boniface bears out the Christian rule: To follow Christ is to follow the way of the cross. For Boniface, it was not only physical suffering or death, but the painful, thankless, bewildering task of Church reform. Missionary glory is often thought of in terms of bringing new persons to Christ. It seems—but is not—less glorious to heal the household of the faith.
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Lives, Lessons and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.; revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
"I stand at the door and knock," says the Lord.
God is not foreign to my freedom.
Consciousness How do I find myself today? The Word of God
How do I find myself today?
The Word of God
Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth. Teach me to have a childlike trust in you. To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
I pray ... that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you. (John 17:20, 21)
He is everywhere in this prayer, yet his name is never mentioned. He's invisible and mysterious, but powerful and awe inspiring. His job is to bring us into the very life of the Trinity. And by inspiring the Gospels, he has ensured that Jesus' words are preserved for all ages. Can you guess who he is?
He's the Holy Spirit, and this is his way. He is usually found moving behind the scenes, invisible and powerful as the wind. Proceeding from the Father and the Son, he seeks to pour divine life into everyone who turns to God. Sent from heaven by the Father and the Son, he is always at work, empowering us to share the good news and forming us into his Church, the body of Christ.
Jesus' prayer here beautifully expresses these two works of the Spirit—uniting us as one body and empowering us to bring the good news to the world. Jesus knew that he had to "go" (die on the cross) so that the Spirit could come, and he welcomed that fact (John 16:7). He knew that nothing would happen if the Spirit didn't come.
If you want to see God's will fulfilled in your heart and in the world around you, know that you can't do it without the Holy Spirit! So let's all turn to the Spirit together. Let's ask him to make Jesus' prayer a deeper reality in our lives.
"We worship and glorify you, Holy Spirit, together with the Father and Son. We welcome you into our hearts and into our homes as our guest of honor. We unite ourselves in Jesus' prayer, and we ask you to unite us as one people. Teach us to look on all our brothers and sisters with love and humility. Show us how to break down dividing walls of suspicion and prejudice.
"Come, Holy Spirit, and usher us into the heart of the Trinity. We want to share in your divine life. Open our eyes to the glory and love that the Father has poured onto the whole world. By your power at work in us, transform us so that the world will see Christ in every member of your Church."
"Come, Holy Spirit. You make all things possible!"
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Maybe He passed right in front and I never realized. Maybe He's been talking, speaking with me and I never heard Him or realized. Maybe He's been sending this pulsating love all the time and I just never realized. Maybe I should be one with all the people but never realized. Maybe instead of just taking Communion we should be in Holy Common Union but we just don't realize. Maybe we have been one from the beginning, perhaps through the big bang theory, where everything was tightly united in one atom. It seems the explosion, the expansion makes for too much space. We grow apart. And our longing is always to really be united but find ourselves not. Maybe you need encouragement. I know I need it. A brother called me last night "yeah, I don't think I'm going to help on the cursillo team". I was asked to be a director all of a sudden, a task I do not look forward to with great joy. Why is that? Why don't we look for great joy in the mission of God's work? And so I found myself encouraging the brother to stay, and the more I encouraged him and begged him, the more I found myself being encouraged and begged to. It began with our yes to the Lord. Lest our yes become a no. How can we say no? Jesus said to St. Paul "TAKE COURAGE". That is what the Holy Spirit does. Encourages, gives strength, gives perseverance, gives love and zeal to a person that seems to be losing it. It is fitting to live a life in the Holy Spirit. Jesus ends today in the Gospel of John "...I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them." So the love with which He loves us means it is Jesus inside of us. Maybe we will realize He is really there when we do not "feel" it. Maybe we will realize He's been speaking all along when we open our hearts. Maybe our hearts will start pounding with tears. I hope one of these emails brings you to tears, because many times it does mine...it is the love of the Lord. He is inside and He wants you to be courageous. He wants you to face what He faced. When I learned of grace of God, I learned that it was honor to suffer for Him, and as I realized the sufferings were much, I started to lose grace. I say this because how soon the test comes, a true love test, and we fail, sometimes failing miserably. But maybe we will realize that the Holy Spirit never gives up. Mercy and Love never let up. Maybe we will realize that by helping the poor, I'm actually helping ourselves. It is in giving that is the blessing, not receiving. Jesus gives continuously and forever. There is no reward, it is not about what I will get, it is about THEM. When I read the Gospel, they more Jesus spoke of "them" to the Father, the more I realized how much He Loved "Them". How often do we speak in the church about "them" in a bad way? How often do we say "they don't care"? Could we be pointing the finger while the rest point back? I want you to know, that this is an attempt to cut the heart, break the stone that has formed around the so called "faithful". The world is suffering and in deep need of the message of Christ. If Christ unites, we unite. If Christ forgives, I forgive. If Christ suffers, I suffer. If they are bad, they need good. If they are dying, they need to be saved. Jesus gives the love of the Father to us. We too can do what Jesus did, I promise. He loves so much, that He become one of us so that we could become one of Him. Jesus, I love you for reading this with me and talking to me. Jesus, let your Holy Spirit pour on us all on Pentecost. Jesus, I want to be strong. Jesus, I want to be joyful, and only you can make it complete. Jesus, I love you, help me love you more and more