“Our time has a great need for hope! The young can no longer be robbed of hope. It is necessary to offer concrete signs of hope to those who experience pain and suffering.” (Pope Francis)
How true are these words of our Holy Father! Especially during these hot, steamy dog days of summer when the temperature outside isn't the only heat rising. We see in the media the heat of anger, violence spilling over at home and abroad.
It is our relationship with our loving God in Christ that gives us hope and also helps us to be signs of hope to others, those close to us who may be in need of it. We just need to remember that God's vision for our world and love for each of us is larger than what seems to be "evil unleashed." That will not win or withstand God's mercy. Our sure knowledge of that is where our hope lies.
Thank you for your gift of faith and for sharing life with us in so many ways. You are instruments of hope to us each day.
May you be blessed abundantly for your faith in and support of our life of prayer.
Ninth gift: Self-control Self-control begins with choice. The choices we make in life will ultimately determine who we become. The wisdom of the Ancient One says, “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. […]