Friday, 23 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

By professing the same faith, we stand firm on the same rock, we are transformed by the same Spirit of love, we radiate one light and we have a single insight into reality.

As Christian I am a part of the One Catholic Church. My faith and attitude towards God is similar to the point of view of other believers. The strength which unites us is the One Holy Spirit. As One Christian community we progress in faith thanks to the shepherds who lead us. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The core of all being, the inmost secret of all reality, is the divine communion.

As human beings we are called not only to the communion with one another, but also with the Lord. Since in the community we can grow up and learn how to be a good man or woman. Accordingly, in the relation to Jesus Christ we are taught how to live a holy life. As a result, we become the perfect children of God and create the Christian family which is the Catholic Church.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The waters of baptism are indeed faithful and trustworthy, for they flow with the power of Christ’s love, the source of our assurance in the journey of life.

I am also thankful that my parents asked for the sacrament of baptism in my name. Thanks to them I have received the God's grace to live a Christian life. Moreover, I have been cleansed and encouraged to become holy in order to enter the heavenly kingdom. I am still walking through my life but always in hope of gaining the eternal prize.

Communio sanctorum

 
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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The Church is a Mother who teaches us to speak the language of faith.

I am very thankful for my Mother Church. There I have grown up and received the gift of faith. There I still progress on my path towards the heavenly kingdom. Thanks to God's grace I have become a witness to the Good News and an apostle of Jesus Christ my Lord.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The light of Christ shines, as in a mirror, upon the face of Christians.

My aim is to be similar to Jesus and to shine as he did. 
My vocation is to have the face of my beloved Lord and to show it to others.
My pleasure is to follow Christ and to serve all the people in need.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Those who have opened their hearts to God’s love, heard his voice and received his light, cannot keep this gift to themselves.

A Christian is to be a missionary. For God has called him to bear testimony to the divine love and to show it towards the people who do not believe. His great honour is to speak about the miracles of faith. Accordingly, as the beloved child of God he is to proclaim the Divine Providence and the presence of the Holy Spirit.     

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Religious man is a wayfarer; he must be ready to let himself be led, to come out of himself and to find the God of perpetual surprises.

I have become a wayfarer because of God who has called me. He asked me to leave my friends and family so as to start a new journey. From that time I am still being surprised by his plan for my life. Yet I have never been dissapointed and I know that he will never abandon me. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Truth leads to humility, since believers know that, rather than ourselves possessing truth, it is truth which embraces and possesses us.

To progress in faith I need to be more and more humble. And I become more humble through prayer and adoration. During prayer I experience that Somebody is guarding me and leads me on the paths of my life. Thus I am able to hear his gentle voice and I know that I am to listen to him carefully. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Each of us comes to the light because of love, and each of us is called to love in order to remain in the light.

Jesus is the light and love for us. He enlightens our humanity and leads us to the true love. As human beings we often make mistakes and do not know how to love in truth. Therefore we need the example of Jesus and his unconditional love. Only in this way we can enjoy and remain in the light of the heavenly kingdom. 

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Only when we are configured to Jesus do we receive the eyes needed to see him.

The holy sacraments change my heart and make me more similar to Jesus. By taking part in them I am being sanctified and my faith grows as well. Yet I still need to be cleansed by the Holy Spirit, because I commit many sins which take me away from my beloved God.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

the light of love is born when our hearts are touched and we open ourselves to the interior presence of the beloved, who enables us to recognize his mystery.

It is a divine grace when one can experience the presence of God in one's heart. After such an experience you are able to go and to preach the Good News to unbelievers. Since when you entered the deep mystery of God, you were also encouraged to share this experience with others. Accordingly, you feel that God is alive in you and does not allow you to be silent about him.   

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

(...) to believe is both to hear and to see.

I believe and as a result desire to hear and to see my Lord. This strong desire leads me and bids me read the Scriptures carefully. Consequently, I hear the voice of God who speaks to me through the Holy Sprit. However, it sometimes happens that I am not prepared for his gentle words. Therefore, I ask him to make my heart capable of experiencing the divine presence.   

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

If love needs truth, truth also needs love. Love and truth are inseparable.

I believe in God who is love and truth alike. Consequently I am supposed to be similar to this divine love and truth. Obviously it is not easy to love with truth in your heart nor to tell truth with love. Nonetheless, as Christians we are called to follow Jesus Christ who said that he was truth himself.