Can you imagine sitting in a small closet-like space for eleven to sixteen hours per day in all types of weather listening to people’s struggles?
Jesus must have had extraordinary appeal as evidenced in the people who kept following Him. What did they see in Jesus? What was it about His person that was so appealing that people wanted to be around Him, close to Him?
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St. Ignatius of Loyola is really one of the most influential saints of the last 500 years. He was the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, who have exercised so much leadership and done so much good for the Church. Pope Francis is a Jesuit!
Years ago, we had a backyard of bare ground and weeds. We desired a lawn where grandchildren could run and play. It was a project. We added soil, planted grass seed, and watered. With God’s generous sun and rain, the grass eventually grew. Yet, it did not grow everywhere. In several areas, the ground remained bare; adding more soil and seed did not help. It was puzzling. It was time to revise our yard plan.
Are you impatient with your own imperfections and those of others? Do you think you or some others in your family could stop being demanding around the home? Do you wish you or some others in the family could pitch in more ready when there is extra work to be done? Do you wish you or some others in your family were more excited about going to mass? Are you tired of being patient with a friend or family member who has a bad habit? What you would really like is for the other person to change.
Last night I saw a film called PRAY and it’s the story of the life and mission of Venerable Patrick Peyton. It moved me to tears. It’s so inspiring! It will be released to the world in October. I pray millions of people will see it and be moved by Father Peyton’s message that is so important for families today, "the family that prays together stays together."