God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and love and self-control.
(pertaining to today’s second reading: 2Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14)
Fear lines the pockets of every generation. This present generation seems to carry its fear closer to the heart. If we were in a terrible state of want, or if there was a clear and present danger facing us, it would make sense. Instead, it seems the practitioners of terror have won a powerful victory. They’ve convinced many of us that there are tigers behind all the bushes.
St. Paul lived in a generation where fear was coupled to reality very closely. Paul himself was in jail for preaching the gospel, and like many Christian leaders of his generation would die for what he believed. Yet Paul urged Timothy to exercise a bold leadership in response to his faith, despite the dark and the danger. The spirit of Christ gives believers a wonderful triad from which to draw courage: power, love and self-control.
When God is for us, who can be against us?
What makes me afraid? What gives me courage?
PRAYER FOR MERCY: Lord, help me to be as merciful to those who offend me as you are with me when I offend you.
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10/20/16 10:49 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent a telegram on Thursday to the Archbishop of Bari, Francesco Cacucci, where a conference organized in the Italian port city of Bari on the lives of women in the Middle East and the Mediterranean is taking place.
Signed by the Cardinal-Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the message says, “[The Holy Father] hopes that the spaces of representation of women will broaden and that they might intensify their work in seeking opportunities for interaction, knowledge and dialogue, and that the shared commitment to building a future of prosperity and peace, might produce abundant fruits of human and social growth and encourages reconciliation among men and renewed harmony among nations.”Read More
10/20/16 10:31 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the participants in the 55th General Chapter of the Order of Augustinian Recollects on Thursday in the Vatican.
The Augustinian Recollects trace their origins to a 1588 reform of the Augustinian Friars in Spain, and became an autonomous congregation in 1621. It was only in the early 20th century, however, that they received full recognition as a Mendicant Order under the Rule of St. Augustine – and they have the distinction of being the last Order to receive such recognition from the Holy See.Read More
10/20/16 8:14 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said the catechism on its own is not sufficient to truly know Jesus and we need prayer, worship and to recognize ourselves as sinners. His words came during his morning Mass celebrated on Thursday in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.
The cue for the Pope’s reflections during his homily came from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians where the Apostle prayed that they may be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit and that Christ may dwell in their hearts.Read More