lead us

To despair is to give up all hope.

Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek certainly knew what it was to despair.

He was captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a “Vatican spy.” He spent some twenty-three agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. In his deeply personal story, He Leadeth Me, he relates how it was only through an utter reliance on God’s will that he managed to endure.

And yet he tells of the courage he found in prayer – a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustration, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek recalls, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amid the “arrogance of evil” that surrounded him.

Sadly, I think we are not only currently experiencing a period of great despair in our own Country,

but also that we are in need of profound prayer in our World today.

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on…the way

“They are things I whisper in your ear

– confiding them –

as a friend, as a brother, as a father…

so that some thought will arise and strike you;

and so you will better your life

and set out along ways of

prayer and of Love.”

As written by, Msgr. Josemaria Escriva

As I mentioned a few days ago

God led me down the garden path of “growth” recently.

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a hymn

The day is filled with splendor

when God brings light from light,

and all renewed creation

Rejoices in his sight.

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