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.
Continue reading “lead us”
“Hatred is not a creative force. Only love is creative power.”
St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894-1941)
Sentenced to hard manual labor at the death camp in Auschwitz, St. Maximillian Kolbe offered his life in exchange for that of a family man.
His zeal for souls and love of neighbor leave us all striving for God’s glory by eagerly serving others.
Today, and every day, may we spread this message to the ends of the earth! Continue reading “he offered his life”
it’s the monday giggles…
Minions remind me to laugh despite the chaos & difficulties of life.
And right now there is an awful lot of chaos amuck in the world!
Laughter is a good thing. Scientists tell us that laughter, humor and joy are an important part of life. Laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and increases muscle flexion. It increases the circulation of antibodies in the blood stream and makes us more resistant to infection.
It is also a great tool to use in Spiritual Warfare. Continue reading “annoying.”