From Maria's blog today - Many times throughout the day, Patrick comes up to me while holding Romeo's hand and declares, "This my friend!".
A big hug with squinty eyes to prove it!
Today is the feast of St John Baptist de la Salle, who was a pioneer in Catholic Education for boys in the late 1600s. This fits well with Maria's bunch as she homeschools her brood, with a new one on the way! The months here and there that she spends with us... I have been able to watch her beginning in prayer and study of the Church each morning with her kids gathered around her. The best way to start the day, and passing on her love of The Church to her children! In 1950 St John Baptist was declared patron of teachers of the young... a good help for Maria and all those that teach the Faith and education of the young!
In the first reading from Acts 5 today we see the Apostles brought before the Sanhedrin and told to not speak in the name of Jesus Christ - their answer? We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.
May we also recall each moment of our lives, what Jesus did for us and how we need to welcome His Spirit into our lives and die to self so that he may live! The Gospel today echoes this Truth - The Father loves the Son and have given everything over to him. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal LIFE... John 3:31-36 Yes, everything has been given over to HIM... there is nothing too big or too small or too bad or too good or too much darkness or too much LIGHT or too easy or too hard... ALL is HIS! Give it all to HIM! Jesus is in control!
Jesus, the lessons for today - we need to share our Faith with JOY with our little ones/the family/domestic Church we have been given to care for. We need to listen to Jesus leading us down the narrow path dragging/carrying our Most Cherished Cross as he shares His Way, His Truth and His LIFE though The Word, The Sacraments, His Mother Mary Most Holy, His Saints along with St John Baptist De La Salle, and Prayer - the Rosary, and His Bride, The Church! There is so much to help us obey God rather than men. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
http://www.motheringspirit.com/2016/04/the-dark-side-of-light/#comment-10909 A powerful read sharing the Cross through which we find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!