Let me share a heartwarming story that has inspired me, and I hope it will inspire you too. The parents, particularly the mother of two grown-up boys, are going through a difficult time. Their boys had a fallout and have not talked to each other for over a year. One of the sons hardly talks to his parents and consistently shows an angry face. Communication at home has become scarce.
Even during dinner, they take the food to their rooms and eat alone without participating in family prayer. We can only imagine the pain and heartache they must feel as a father and mother, seeing their family torn apart by conflict and strife.
When the mother's birthday came, the sons paid little attention, even though one did buy a cake. It is hard to imagine the stress and pain she must be going through as a mother. But what is remarkable about this mother is that she draws strength and courage from her faith in God.
For the past 25 years, she has been praying for her sons, attending online spiritual talks, and finding solace in her alone time with God. Although she hasn't seen much change, she trusts that God will bring peace and harmony to her family in His time.
What an inspiration this mother is! Even in the face of great emotional pain, she has not lost faith in God's love and grace. She reminds us that no matter how difficult our circumstances may be, we can always find comfort and strength in our relationship with God.
Today's readings remind us that we must not limit God's love to human standards but instead allow ourselves to be instructed by God's wisdom and grace. When we let go of anger, bitterness, and resentment and move forward in love and peace, we open ourselves up to the transformative power of forgiveness.
My dear friends, as we journey through this Lenten season, let us take inspiration from this mother's story and seek strength and guidance from God's love and mercy. Let us open ourselves up to the transformative power of forgiveness and move forward in love and peace. Let us celebrate the gift of life and experience its throbbing vitality intensely, every moment, every day, every night.
May God bless you and your family abundantly with His love, mercy, and grace. Amen.
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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 18 countries.