Friday, September 11, 2015

Redemptive Suffering

Dear Parishioners,

Jesus commanded those who would follow him to take up their cross, to love God more than life itself (Mark 8:27-35). It is an open palm that a fisted world needs to see. It is acceptance and forgiveness that provokes repentance. It is mercy in the face of mercilessness that trumps justice and beaks the cycle of revenge and violence. God redeems the world through the suffering and sacrifice of the cross. But God also calls each of us to bear witness to Christ’s redemptive suffering, to be “Christians.”

- Deacon Robert

“When God sees us coming to Him in prayer, He leans His
heart down very low to his little creature, like a father who
bends down to listen to his child when it speaks to him.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars