Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wholesome Fruits

We need to accredit to God what is from God, with full knowledge that nothing happens to us that God has not allowed. As the Word of God says to paraphrase, 'the rain will fall on the good and the bad in equal portions.'

We know not the mind of God, but our Heavenly Father knows our minds and the inner workings of our heart, therefore He knows what needs strengthening within our weak natures. So none should become disheartened if troubles visit our door or if friends turn out to be feckless. Was not Judas also a 'friend' to Jesus? Did Jesus deny his friendship to Judas?

This is why prayer is essential for our spiritual lives. Prayer is our Holy Compass which guides the soul onto the narrow road. When we ignore prayer, we are easily overcome by slights and hurts. It is prayer that centres a soul on Christ alone.

We must always keep our eyes on our Lord lest we use the devils tools by mistake, which are, lies, distortions, anger, infidelity and betrayal. In order for us to be children of God we need to speak the Truth with compassion and to understand that none of us are perfect. Just as we have been wounded so we also have caused wounds to another. This is self knowledge.

In all things we must turn to our Lord and seek Him for the Gifts we need and also the humility to understand that we are but tools in His Divine Hand.

So in all things turn to God and with filial trust and confidence with a deep awareness of one's own faults and failings. Also to keep the Sacraments of the Church, most especially the Sacrament of Penance. It is the Eucharist that gives us the fortitude and perseverance to fight the good fight.

When misfortune comes your way, do you trust God, in the knowledge that God can turn adversity into a blessing? Or do you blame Satan?