“”Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
A key road to peace is the be one’s best self in God! However, this is often an unpleasant experience. An understanding of being a saint is to being your best self and that often flies against those who are in power. The best example is Jesus. If we study His Beatitudes we see a radical attack against the usual things of world.
Jesus lived His Beatitudes! He was crucified because of the way He lived and spoke. The more closely we follow Him, the more likely we will experience difficulty, but not to worry,we receive rewards, the resurrection and Heaven now will be ours!
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and the shadow of death a light has dawned. “ Matthew 4:16
Darkness seems to be all around us. It is easy to despair because of the evil that strike at us, yet Jesus speaks to this situation. He brings the light of His Word to our darkness and gives us hope!
We have just come out of the Christmas Season, a season which we celebrate the light of Jesus coming into the world in our dark season, winter. Today we see Jesus calling His disciples. These individuals will take the Light of Jesus and reflect it every where that they go. Let us put ourselves in this Gospel reading.
We are the Disciples Jesus is calling today!
We cannot stop that horrible things people do to each other, but we are called to reflect the Light of Jesus to these situations! We are to bring hope to situations that are terrible and love the persons involved through these sad times.
May we be the best reflection of Jesus in the world!
“And I have seen and bore witness that is the Son of God!”
John the Baptist was truly a prophet! He knew himself and would be faithful, even unto death! He lived his true self! When he said that Jesus is the Son of God, he meant it with his life!
We begin again the new year, we will have challenges to deal with, how will we respond to these challenges? Will we respond like John the Baptist and possibly lose our heads , literally or figuratively, because we choose to be our best selves? Will we love those who hurt us?
Tomorrow, we in the United Stated, have a holiday honoring the memory and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a modern day example of someone who lived his best self and was murdered because of it.
How should we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr?
Follow Jesus! That means love everyone, including those who hurt you! Be love!
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy… Matthew 3: 10
Happy Epiphany Sunday!
The above selection from the Gospel of St. Matthew points out the feelings of the Magi who had come to follow the Star. This light was a message for them of something great happening in the world. But then the Star disappeared!
The Star remained, but they could not see it!
They walked into a place of great darkness that covered their vision of the light of the Star!
The Wise Ones passed through the darkness in Trust!
Experience the joy they had felt! Their perseverance was rewarded, they met and adored the “Source of the Light “, Jesus!
May we follow the example of the Magi, when darkness comes our way, remember the Star is still there!
But Mary kept all of these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2: 19
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, give us many important lessons, however little is recorded of her words. Mary’s actions speak loudly and are helpful for us to live in the world with peace.
In this Christmas reading above, we hear that Mary pondered on the shepherds’ visit and what they said about Jesus. She meditated on this experience and kept it in her heart. She would use it in her future. These ponderings would help her deal with whatever came her way.
May we follow this example as we begin a new year! Events will happen in our lives, good and not so good, but they still provide a lesson for us.
We do not stay in the past, but we ponder it’s significance!
The last three years have been often difficult, and pray God, this year will be less challenging! However, let us not forget the lessons we have learn, have an attitude of gratitude that we are still here, and appreciate one another!
Happy St. Sylvester Day! He was the first Pope not killed because he professed Jesus as Lord! He was the priest who baptized Constantine the Roman Emperor. Constantine made Christianity a legal religion in the Roman Empire and ended the Age of Martyrdom! Have a blessed New Years Eve! Peace and love.
The Word became flesh and made its dwelling among us. John 1:14
We come again to the wonderful Christmas Day and the beginning of the Christmas Season. This day is emotional full of past experiences and present realities. However, it is a day so full of emotions, good and not so good, that the love it presents may be lost!
The Word Became Flesh!
The Divine became one of us so that we can have the choice of becoming more Divine in the way we treat each other!
We are challenged to love unconditionally! This is not an easy task for us naturally, but It is possible. The Baby we celebrate today, as an adult, showed us how to treat one another.
Once again we can change the World! It sounds like a tremendous task, but it begins if we individually choose to love one another!
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (Which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23
Advent is coming to a close and it helps to see each week as part of a circle that culminates in Love. We are in the most important love affair of our lives, and this love, when we surrender to it, will be the source of how we live; the source of our Peace!
We celebrated Hope the First Sunday of Advent. We know Jesus is coming in a special way to our lives. Jesus is eternally the same, but each Christmas we are different!
We celebrate Faith the Second Sunday of Advent. Faith helps us to open ourselves to Jesus! We must prepare ourselves to receive Him!
We celebrate Joy the Third Sunday of Advent. The days of waiting are coming to an end! Excitement is rising in our hearts!
We celebrate Peace the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Jesus, Our Peace, will be experienced in a powerful way in a few days!
The result of these Four Sundays of Advent is Love!
Jesus is Love! As we come to these last days before the Great Feast of Christmas, may the act of Divine Love, Love joining us in the Babe in the Manger, lead us to a deeper love of God and all people.
We need Christmas! We need to be inundated in Love! May Love overflow in us and change the World!
Our Lady of Mount Caritas Ministry and it’s Hermitage of Peace work to make a difference in the world, one person at a time.
Presently we house three family at our headquarters at 54 Seckar Road, Ashford, CT. These families have at least one member who is from Brooklyn and / or Queens, New York.
Dr. Christopher Coleman have worked with these families and helping them to remain out of homelessness. There are issues of health and poverty that necessitated this intervention.
The environment is one of rural Connecticut. They do work on the property that helps them pay for their time there and give them a sense of purpose.
The end goal would be for each family to find appropriate housing and be able to maintain their living conditions. They will continue to be connect to Our Lady of Mount Caritas Ministry and with Dr. Coleman.