During the past weeks of Easter, we have seen the apostles celebrating on a happy Palm Sunday, sharing the Passover with their Lord, and having their hopes wiped out as they witnessed His crucifixion.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” Have words more beautiful and more true ever been spoken? Yet how do they reach into hearts that seem lost?
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There is a legend of a man who got lost in the desert and was dying of thirst. He stumbled upon an abandoned house. Outside the dilapidated, deserted shack was a pump. He rushed forward and began pumping furiously but in vain. Then he noticed a jug of water along with a note which read: “You must prime the pump with water and remember to refill it before you leave.”
How do families become alive with goodness? One way to become fully alive as a healthy, loving, family is by praying together. But I would like to draw your attention to another way we can make our families thrive in Christ - and that is by living a virtuous life together. How do we achieve a virtuous life together as a family?
It’s 2:30 AM. You’ve woken up and you’re not going back to sleep. What do you do? I suggest you try staying calm, not tossing and turning. Breath in and out calmly … and as you breath out say quietly, over and over, “Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you.” For whatever reason you are awake, know that you are not alone! The Lord is with you. I also recommend holding a Rosary in your hand when you sleep. Gently call out to the Lord and to Mary.
There is an ocean of goodness in everyone, but everyone does not see it. Although each child is born with the seeds of God’s precious gift of goodness, focusing on this gift does not come naturally. We must develop and nurture it as we grow.