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Having Faith Even When We Do Not “See”

How do you start your day? Perhaps you are an early riser who goes for a brisk walk and knocks out tasks before the sun rises.  Or maybe you hit the snooze button a “few” times and rely on some brisk coffee to get you going. As for me, I must pray! The minute I wake up, I say good morning to God and thank him for another day.  I also say a morning offering prayer:

Dear Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today. I only know that nothing will happen that was not foreseen by You, and directed to my greater good from all eternity. I adore Your holy and unfathomable plans, and submit to them with all my heart for love of You, the Pope, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.

This helps me start my day with a fresh reminder that things will happen according to God’s will, not mine.  As the day progresses and things happen, I constantly remind myself that I may not understand why something is happening but I must always trust!  This is how I have faith when I don’t see (which, honestly, is most of the time).  Like everyone, I have good days and bad days and I frequently encounter uncertainties and less than ideal situations. But knowing that God loves me, created me, and has a plan for me fills my heart with joy and peace even on the toughest of days.

O you of little faith

Of course, it’s been a journey for me to get to this place in my own faith.  And the journey of my faith is far from over as it will last through my last day in this world.  But there were certainly times in the past when I worried about so many things.  Too often I feared what I couldn’t see or understand.  I can recall worrying about pretty much everything: whether my plans would work out, worrying about whether I would get selected for a certain job, worrying about ailments. I can recall losing sleep and feeling anxious as the worry consumed me.  Reflecting on it, I can totally compare it to the parable The Calming of the Storm at Sea.

“He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came upon the sea so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, Lord, save us! We are perishing! He said to them, Why are you terrified, O you of little faith? Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey? “(Matthew 8: 23-27)

Other perspectives

This is only my perspective – an adult, a catholic mother, and a wife.  As I pondered on this, I was eager to find out other perspectives.  So, I interviewed my family. I met with them individually and asked:

How do you keep your faith in God even when you do not see?

You can read their responses below:

  • Retirement age: “I know in my heart that there is only one place to go. What’s down the road is something in God’s plan.  He is our only recourse. He is our present help even if we do not see.  You know in your heart.  That’s it.”
  • School-age: “Mostly it’s that you feel God in your heart.  And you could hear him in your ears saying ‘trust me, you’re not alone’ and telling you ‘I am right here beside you.’”
  • Preschool age: “When I pray to God, um, I feel him in my heart pumping.  It pumps like this: pump, pump, pump!”
  • Toddler age: “He comes in your heart and Jesus wants us to share.”

It’s touching how remarkably similar these responses are!

Your perspective

How do you keep your faith in God even when you do not see?

I pray that all brothers and sisters in Christ feel in their hearts the peace and joy of God’s plan!

Trust in him always, especially in the darkest of times.

Leaving you with this perfect excerpt from the Beatitudes:

Blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see God!


Christina Campos is a blessed Catholic wife and mother. Each day brings adventurous memories and so many reasons to be thankful to God. She enjoys volunteering and contributing to the special mission of the Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Jerusalem – Church of Pater Noster – A New Journey

Come along with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they guide you on an audio pilgrimage, to the holy site where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. During our time together, our hosts discuss the following:

  • The environment and surroundings of this holy site.
  • Learn about the connection of this place to St. Helena and to the Carmelites.
  • Reflect on the “Our Father,” and how we can share in the faithfulness of the first disciples through this and other prayers.
  • Much more!

Listen to this program now:


Jewel for the Journey:

“Prayer is the language of hope.” St. Thomas Aquinas


A Closer Look at the Immaculate Heart Chapel:


Where is the Church of Pater Noster?

The Kingdom as Seed

“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (Mark 4: 26-27)

Only in the Gospel of Mark, is the parable told about the seed that grows in secret. What are we to make of this? Maybe that how the Kingdom of God grows is as mysterious as how a seed grows?  Can we as humans ever wrap our minds around the mystery of how twelve Apostles preaching and teaching and scattering the Good News of Jesus Christ, would have grown to over 1 billion believers today?!

Mysteries of the Seed Growing in Secret

When I reflect on examples of this mystery of the seed growing in secret, I recall the experience of being part of the RCIA team at my parish. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the communal process in which adults become full, participating members of the Catholic Church.

When we gather for the inquiry phase of RCIA, we ask each person:

“Why are you here at this time, this year, at this place? What are you seeking?”

The stories I have heard almost always speak to a seed growing in secret that has led the person to inquire more about the Catholic faith. A few illustrations of these seeds:

  • Memories of a grandparent and their strong Catholic faith, taking them to Mass, praying the Rosary with them, and talking to them about God
  • Engaged to be married to a practicing Catholic, and asked by their future spouse to be open to converting so as to share a lifetime of faith together
  • Witnessing the strong faith of someone fighting a battle with cancer or a life-changing disability and the peace and strength that is present in their life
Sowing the Seeds of the Kingdom

What becomes apparent in these stories is that our words and our actions, while not the cause of God’s Kingdom, do still matter in the coming of the Kingdom.  Our words and actions sow the seeds of the Kingdom.

But the Kingdom arrives not through our efforts but by God’s grace…

Planting and gathering depend upon human work.  Sprouting and growth depend upon God’s design. God takes what we do and puts even the smallest seed to magnificent use.

We ask the RCIA candidates once more as they are closer to being received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, that same question about what brought them here…. and this time their response moves beyond the person who sowed the seed, and they recognize the hand of God and His grace in growing the faith within them. The Holy Spirit has revealed the mystery of the seed sown in secret once again!

Jesus’ parable gives me such great hope and encourages me to be aware of my words and actions, to be persistent in prayer for those who are separated from God’s love, and to trust that God will use my words and actions to reveal His love to others. Jesus’ words are a challenge to ask myself: how is God calling me to plant and water the seeds of faith, and how am I inviting God into my life to help me do so?

This excerpt of a prayer written by Msgr. Kenneth Untener, speaks so well to the mystery of our earthly pilgrimage and our time spent sowing the seeds of God’s Kingdom:

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders;
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own.

This beautiful prayer gives me the hope I need when I am discouraged that the seeds of faith I sow in secret may not bear fruit and may not lead souls to God.

Lord God, you have given us the gift of faith. Help us take time to water that seed of faith in our hearts and the hearts of others. Let us always invite you into our hearts to give it growth, and may we remain your steadfast prophets of hope.  Amen.


Debbie Garza is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Leon Springs, and is an experienced Pilgrimage Group Leader with Pilgrim Center of Hope. She has traveled with Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Holy Land, Italy, and Greece. She says, “On pilgrimage, I know the ears and eyes of my heart have been opened by God’s grace and I’ve experienced the Joy of the Gospel. I am committed to helping other pilgrims experience their personal journey of faith.” Debra is also a member of Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Speaker Team.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

The Fifteen Most Powerful Words

We read in the Gospel of Luke:

“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke. 3:21-22)

This was the first time that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were witnessed together as distinct persons. This relationship we call the Holy Trinity; One God, yet three divine persons.

Our Belief in the Holy Trinity

St. Francis De Sales said:

“The fifteen most powerful words in the English language are in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The words themselves are powerful because they are a testimony of our belief in the Holy Trinity, but they also call to mind our salvation through the passion and death of Jesus Christ as we trace the cross over ourselves. As Catholics, all of our prayers, including the Holy Mass, begin and end with the sign of the cross. Those fifteen words, along with the sign of the cross, identify us as Catholic Christians. This formula is the official blessing of the Church by way of Holy Orders for special occasions and designated items and individuals. However, we all should bless ourselves throughout the day, asking God to guide and protect us. It is very meaningful for children to have their parents bless them in the morning before leaving home and in the evening before bed. When faced with an urgency, it is very simple to say,

“God come to my assistance, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

We have been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our purpose for being on this earth is to bring to completion the good work that was begun in us at our baptism. God has a great plan for humanity that can only be realized in a relationship with him. It is for this reason he has given us the Church and the sacraments. We must remember that in our humanity, we inherited a fallen nature, and often we are tempted to want to live for ourselves at the expense of others. God has made it possible for us to overcome these temptations which lead to sadness and even hopelessness. He desires to pour his grace into the hearts of those who believe in him. We need God; he created us to be in a relationship with him.

Equipping the Called

In the Gospel, Matthew tells us that when the Disciples saw the Lord, they worshiped, but they doubted. This would be the last time they would see Jesus before he returned to heaven, and they doubted. For three years they heard his teaching, witnessed his miracles and were present during his apparitions after he rose from the dead, and still, they doubted. It can be difficult to overcome the limitations of our logic. However, Jesus wasn’t disheartened by their lack of faith. He immediately commissioned them and said:

“Go, therefore. And make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age”.

Jesus knew that on their own they would not be able to complete the mission he charged them with. He would send his Holy Spirit so that all he commanded them to do he would accomplish through them. The same is true of us. God expects us to do things we can only do with his help, which he freely offers. Every baptized person has a vocation, whether it be religious, marriage, or single life. As our life unfolds, if we remain close to God, he will help us overcome the challenges that we might give up on if we did not ask for his help.  We all will have to endure things we may now think we cannot endure or to accomplish things that we think we cannot accomplish. But if it is God’s will, he will bring all things to completion in and through us. We must discern what the will of God is by remaining in the state of grace through the sacraments, a discipline of prayer and faith formation. God is as close to us as his name on our lips.

As we remember our veterans this Memorial weekend, I am sure there were moments when many had doubts about the mission ahead.   If they knew exactly what was before them perhaps it would have been more difficult for them to fulfill their duty. These warriors too were in the hand of God and it is they, who with his help completed their mission, even if it was with the sacrifice of their lives. God bless America and the veterans who preserve our freedom.


Deacon Tom FoxK.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with his wife, Mary Jane Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Deacon Tom is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Meet St. Joseph

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Mary Jane Fox takes us to Nazareth in the Holy Land as we “meet” St. Joseph. We will discover who Joseph was and shed light on this man who has been called the Guardian of the Redeemer, the chaste spouse of Mary and Holy Patriarch among many other marvelous titles that point to his role.

During this program, Mary Jane will discuss:

  • Drawing hope and inspiration from St. Joseph.
  • St. Andre Bessette’s lifelong devotion to Saint Joseph.
  • Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter –  Patris Corde (With A Father’s Heart)
  • Much more!

Listen to this program now:


Jewel for the Journey:

“About Saint Joseph. One cannot love Jesus and Mary without loving the Holy Patriarch.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva


Prayer at the Conclusion of Patris Corde:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

 

Fear & Anxiety

I think most will agree that 2020 gets the award for worst year in the 21st Century. One reason would be the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus closely following the most contentious Presidential election in memory. The virus and its aftermath of masks, social distancing, isolation, national shutdowns, deaths of close friends and relatives, mental health issues, hospital crowding, etc., compounded by the extreme vitriol, hatred, and divisiveness of the election has driven most sane Christians into a mental cage of sorts closely resembling solitary confinement in San Quentin Prison. We are emotionally sitting on the floor, probably in a fetal position, wringing our hands and enveloped in palpable fear.

Do Not Be Afraid

But wait! Why are we afraid? Why are we anxious? We’re people of faith, and fear is the antithesis of faith, right? And Our Lord told us to expect what we are now seeing, right? So why am I afraid and anxious?

Even people of great faith are not immune to the fear brought on by the upheaval and changes we are seeing. But fear is a hungry monster. It is fed by media hyperbole, the unknown, herd mentality, insecurities, and the list goes on. If fear was visible, it would be a morbidly obese monster. There’s so much food we can give it.

What do we do? Well, first of all, we need to understand that the only way to acquire the peace that only Jesus can give us (John 14:27), we need to get closer to Jesus and try to listen harder than we have been. The closer we get to Jesus, the more Heavenly peace we acquire. Jesus tells us:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Here is a suggestion on how to get on how to put the fear monster on a diet:

  • Consider disconnecting your cable. The provider will fight this and try and keep you. Fight the temptation: lose the cable. Get a digital antenna if you really need to have access to the news and weather when those storm warnings come around. Other than the cost of installation, there are no monthly charges once you install. When you’ve cut the cable, STOP.WATCHING.THE.NEWS! News producers pick the blood and gore and put the icing of hyperbole on the stories that will most alarm, frighten and appeal to our baser senses. A priest once gave me some great advice:

“Don’t watch the news. It will disturb the very peace Our Lord is trying so hard to give us, and will drown out His voice.”

Our Lord never told us that if we believed that we would never suffer. Quite the contrary: He told us to take up our crosses and follow Him every day (ref. Matt. 16:24). That includes the hefty crosses we make for ourselves. If you really think about it, newspapers and cable subscriptions are really crosses meant to create those very monsters we’re afraid of, and make them materialize in our lives, adding to our fears and anxieties.

Let’s not add to our crosses. Every day comes with its own set of crosses, and they’re plenty to deal with, without adding to them.

Find Strength and Peace in Jesus

Pray to the Holy Spirit, then pick up your Bible. It’s like a big telegram from Heaven. Our Lord is trying to talk to us. Read it in a quiet place. Maybe take it to your parish’s Adoration Chapel and read it before Our Eucharistic Jesus for 15 minutes, and then gradually increase the time. Before you know it, you won’t want to leave the refuge of the Sacred Heart, and you will thank yourself for getting rid of the noise and distractions that come with the media you got rid of.

Pray the Rosary. The gift of peace that Our Lady has given us in the Rosary is a treasure waiting to be opened by you.  “The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

But the bad things haven’t gone away. I know.  Let us remember, Jesus’ peace is not the same kind of peace the world gives: it is more durable and is rooted in your very soul. No matter what comes your way, no matter how bad it may be, Jesus’ peace will stay with you and help you cope with whatever comes.

And once you remove the callous of noise and distraction that encases you, Our Lord can come closer than ever before, and allow you to realize that He is walking right alongside you, whispering “Don’t be afraid. Be at peace. All is well. I am with you.” You are feeding your faith, instead of your fear, and the gift of faith is freedom from fear. Pope Francis says it well:

“Christian hope is rooted not in the attraction of the future but in the certainty of what God has promised and realized in Jesus Christ. If he has guaranteed never to abandon us; if the beginning of every vocation is a ‘Follow Me,’ with which he promised to always go ahead of us, why should we be afraid?”


Victor Negrón is a husband, father, grandfather, practicing lawyer, former judge, past-President of the San Antonio Catholic Lawyers Guild, lay evangelist, Board Member of Pilgrim Center of Hope and A Woman’s Haven. Judge Negrón became Board Certified in Family Law in 1987. As a lay evangelist, Victor has served as a leader for Eucharistic Adoration of San Antonio, Inc., and has been involved with Pilgrim Center of Hope’s evangelizing activities since its early years – formerly as emcee for the Catholic Men’s Conference, and currently as a member of the PCH Board of Directors.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

This blog appears slightly edited from its original publication.

Living Our Call

“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”
– Santa Teresa of Avila

Searching in and out

A few months ago, I was listening to a mother of three kids, two of them with special needs sharing how difficult it has been losing her job, keeping piles of unpaid bills, and even worst, looking for a place where to find the next meal for her children. Usually, during difficult times people say: “everything is going to be ok.” Instead, I prefer to share the Psalms 31:25:

“Be strong and take heart, all who hope in the Lord.”

There are many reasons why someone might feel confused or sadden, especially during the past months when many might have felt “left behind”. However, people’s actions might change the course of events. I was amazed about how wonderfully generous hearts get out of their comfort zone to care for others in need by working extra hours giving up their rest, volunteering to either deliver food to the elderly unable to get their own groceries, standing for hours giving food to those who lose their job or calling to their neighbors just to check on them. The list goes on.

God among us

Some have decided not to harden their hearts and become Jesus’ witnesses with their actions by caring for others or strengthening their faith by holding tight to prayer.

“Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,” so that none of you grow hardened by the deceit of sin” – Hebrews 3:13

However, others are struggling with their faith. I am sure I am not the only one who has heard people say: “I want to see Jesus.” We need to be attentive and look around with a different lens so we can be able to see God’s hand in our midst or even more, listen to his voice. We need to BELIEVE that it is God who is calling us by name to go out and do his will. (1Samuel 3:7-8)
We need to realize that being a real follower and friend of Jesus means trusting, obeying, and surrendering our self-will to who love us the most, Jesus our Lord. If we want to journey this life with Jesus and be feed by his teachings, we need to get closer to him to know him more, and consequently love him more as well. Some are willing to lend a hand to teach His words and life as Pilgrim Center of Hope through conferences, pilgrimages, and various media productions. I encourage you to come and see and discover what Jesus has in store for you, as I did one day.

Living in love

Knowing Jesus is surrendering our intellect and heart to him by showing the world that he knows us better than we know ourselves and his plan in our life is better than we can imagine. He will guide us in every step and provide what is needed sometimes with unimaginable surprises as we remain in his love and follow his commands.

We should live a faithful life dressed up with Jesus’ love as we fulfill our everyday life, and one of God’s commands, love one another (John 15:17). God is calling us to bear fruit remaining in him, the vine.

It is necessary to shorten the distance between us and  Jesus. If we keep our mind and heart away from him, we could make the mistake of believing that someone or something else is able to meet our needs. However, we need to realize that as long as we remain in Jesus, he will work through us to continue building a community of which we are part of. We cannot prescind from our union with others if we want to fully live our faith. We cannot divert from Jesus who provides to us, the branches, everything to bear fruit. We are called to be instruments of God if we want to fulfill our purpose of knowing him, serve him, and love him. After all, God has written in our hearts the desired to see him and is always drawing us to him because only in him we will fully live the truth and happiness that we are always searching for. (CCC 27)


Veronica is a bilingual wife, mother, lay evangelist, and a member of Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Speaker Team.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Viviendo nuestro llamado

 

“Nada te turbe,
nada te espante,
todo se pasa.
Dios no se muda,
la paciencia todo lo alcanza,
quien a Dios tiene nada le falta;
solo Dios basta”.
-Santa Teresa de Avila

Buscando dentro y fuera

Hace unos meses, escuchaba a una madre de tres niños, dos de ellos con necesidades especiales quien compartía lo difícil que ha sido para ella perder su trabajo, acumular facturas por pagar, y lo que es peor, buscar lugares donde encontrar la siguiente comida para sus hijos. Usualmente durante tiempos difíciles las personas dicen: “todo estará bien”. En su lugar, yo prefiero compartir el salmo 31:25, “Fortalezcan su corazón, sean valientes, todos los que esperan en el Señor”.

Hay muchas razones por las cuales alguien se puede sentir confundido o triste, especialmente durante los pasados meses cuando muchos se pudieron haber sentido “ignorados”. Sin embargo, las acciones de las personas pueden cambiar el curso de los eventos. Me sorprendí de que maravillosamente algunos corazones generosos salieron de su zona de comodidad y seguridad para ayudar a otros en necesidad trabajando horas extras renunciando a su descanso, trabajando como voluntarios entregando comida a las personas de la tercera edad incapaces de obtener su propia despensa, de pie durante horas dando comida a aquellos que perdieron su empleo o llamando a sus vecinos para checar como están…la lista es larga.

Dios entre nosotros

Algunos han decidido no endurecer sus corazones y convertirse en testigos de Jesús con sus acciones cuidando a los demás o fortaleciendo su fe a través de la oración. (“Mas bien anímense mutuamente cada día, mientras dura ese hoy; que ninguno de ustedes se deje arrastrar por el pecado y llegue a endurecerse” Hebreos 3:13). Sin embargo, otros caminan luchando en su fe. Estoy segura que no soy la única que ha escuchado a personas decir: “Quiero ver a Jesús”. Necesitamos estar atentos y mirar alrededor nuestro desde una perspectiva diferente para ser capaces de ver las manos de Dios entre nosotros o aún más, escuchar su voz …necesitamos CREER que es Dios quien nos está llamando por nuestro nombre para salir y hacer su voluntad. (1Samuel 3:7-8)

Necesitamos darnos cuenta que ser un verdadero seguidor y amigo de Jesús significa confiar, obedecer y entregar nuestra propia voluntad a quien nos amó más…Jesús nuestro Señor. Si queremos hacer el viaje en esta vida con Jesús y quedar impregnados por sus enseñanzas, necesitamos acercarnos más a él para conocerlo más y consecuentemente amarlo más. Algunos están deseosos de ofrecer una mano para ensenar su palabra y su vida como Pilgrim Center of Hope a través de conferencias, peregrinajes, conociendo a los santos y más. Los animo a “venir a ver” para descubrir lo que Jesús tiene para ustedes como yo lo hice un día.

Viviendo en amor

Jesús es todo acerca de amor incondicional y verdadero. Conocer a Jesús es entregarle nuestro intelecto y corazón mostrando al mundo que él nos conoce mejor que lo que nos conocemos a nosotros mismos y que su plan en nuestra vida es mejor de lo que nos podemos imaginar. Él nos guiará en cada paso y proveerá lo que se necesita algunas veces con sorpresas inimaginables mientras permanecemos en su amor y seguimos sus mandamientos.

Debemos vivir una vida de fe vestidos con el amor de Jesús mientras cumplimos con las obligaciones de nuestra vida diaria, y uno de los mandamientos de Dios, “ámense los unos a los otros” (Juan 15:17). Dios nos llama a dar frutos permaneciendo en él, la vid.

Es necesario acortar la distancia que nos aleja de Jesús. Si mantenemos nuestra mente y corazón alejados de él, podemos cometer el error de creer que alguien o algo más es capaz de satisfacer nuestras necesidades. Sin embargo, necesitamos entender que mientras que permanezcamos en Jesús, el trabajara a través de nosotros para continuar construyendo una comunidad de la que somos parte. No podemos prescindir de nuestra unión con los demás si queremos vivir plenamente nuestra fe, de la misma manera que no podemos prescindir de Jesús quien nos provee, las ramas, todo para dar fruto. Somos llamados a ser instrumento de Dios si queremos cumplir nuestro propósito de conocerlo, servirlo y amarlo. Después de todo, Dios ha plantado en nuestros corazones el deseo de verlo, y siempre nos está atrayendo hacia él porque solamente en el viviremos plenamente la verdad y felicidad que siempre estamos buscando. (CCC 27)


 

Verónica es esposa, madre, evangelista laica y miembro del Equipo de Oradores del Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Respondiendo al llamado de Cristo, Pilgrim Center of Hope guía a las personas al encuentro con Él para vivir en la esperanza, como peregrinos en la vida diaria. Vea lo que está sucediendo y permítanos viajar con usted! Visita PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.