June is the month in which most graduations are held. As Catholics, we have another type of ‘graduation’ that typically takes place this month: priestly ordinations. The ‘accomplishment’ we celebrate is God’s work in their soul and their response to that. We look with awe at Him in them, knowing He did this for us. Our ‘graduation’ will be celebrated in Heaven and God has given us an amazing ‘program’ to get there: the sacraments and the spiritual life. However, our graduating is indeed gradual!
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive. And to be alive consists in beholding God.”
Living authentically…being who God created us to be…aligning our everyday life and lifestyle with Him at its center…this is living fully alive.
Joy is a gift from God. Happiness is the choice to live it. Live authentically.
We are commanded to allow God to first love us; to be loved. The overflow of that infinite love is the lifeblood by which we are to live every aspect of our lives. In marriage, the fruit of that love is children. The sacramental bond brings with it graces specific to the couple and family that enable them to live out God’s will within their domestic church.
Our union with God is critical to living out our vocation because it is our vocation.
This saintly royal gave of herself tirelessly to bring God’s love to others. Friend of the poor, the prostitutes, the clergy and the saints of her time, her prayer for conversion of lost souls is timely for us today.
I sometimes have parts of a favorite litany rolling around in the back of my mind. One of those prayers is the Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire litany pounds into my heart how much the Father and the Son personally love me: fully, unconditionally, and without limits. Consecration and enthronement in the home of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a natural response to that.