May 22, 2020

WORD of the DAY

One night in a vision the Lord said to Paul, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts: 18: 9-10)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus invites Paul to continue speaking of Him and not be silent, continue to proclaim Him with words and with his life . This is a strong invitation for us as well. Faith never goes on vacation or even in ‘quarantine’. It does not have times of yes and no. Our Christian commitment continues always, to recount with creativity and joy the good and beautiful things that God accomplishes in our life. We must witness to the joy of being Christians even in suffering and sickness, living charity and service even in the most problematic and difficult situations, never leaving anyone alone.
In the footsteps of Paul and following Jesus’ indications, during this time of the pandemic and forced isolation, we have seen be born and grow a new way of living Church and closeness with all men and women because the proclamation of God’s Word cannot ever be stopped.

Lord, give us Your Holy Spirit so that He may give us the creativity and courage to continue to proclaim and witness to Jesus among the people of our times.

The voice of John Paul II, Homily 24 September 1989, Pastoral visit in Pisa
This the Lord says also to you now, to the Church, bear witness to Him in Pisa. ‘Do not be afraid’ to proclaim the supreme truths that Christ has revealed to you, do not shut yourself up in despair or isolation: the Lord is with you! “Keep speaking and do not keep silent”, because if from Christ you received such a great patrimony of grace and truth for the good of humanity, it would never be lawful for you, never would you be allowed to take it away from your brothers and sisters or to keep it hidden. If you have inherited from your fathers and mothers a strength and clarity of voice and testimony like that which appears from these beautiful buildings, you must continue to express yourself with the same courageous frankness.

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona, FMA

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