Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual consciousness.

I keep in mind the truth which I found out in the Scripture and in the Catholic Church. This divine truth often helped me to organize my life. Without it I would have been lost many times. For that reason I continue looking for the truth in the Bible and try to follow God's precepts contained in it. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Today more than ever, we need to be reminded of this bond between faith and truth, given the crisis of truth in our age.

My Lord helps me to see the world in the light of truth. Although people keep various attitudes towards the facts, I rely on the interpretation given by the Scripture. I am certain that it is the best way of understanding the reality. The reason is that only God is able to give the best explanation for the things which happen in the universe.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith is necessarily ecclesial; it is professed from within the body of Christ as a concrete communion of believers.

Thanks to God I belong to the community of Church. Accordingly, my faith grows up when I see the believers who encourage me and show me their deep faith. At the same time I am also an example for the people who lack faith. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith in Christ brings salvation because in him our lives become radically open to a love that precedes us, a love that transforms us from within, acting in us and through us.

Jesus Christ is working in human beings through the Spirit of Love. Consequently, each act of love in our lives comes from God. Thus, we are his beloved children loving others with the divine love. Overall, these are the most important commandments to love God and one another with the love of Christ.   

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The life of faith, as a filial existence, is the acknowledgment of a primordial and radical gift which upholds our lives.

To be a child of God is the great privilege. Knowing it helps you live your life with dignity. However, it is also responsibility to be carried out. Overall, being the beloved child of God supports you and encourages you to fulfill your vocation.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with his own eyes: it is a participation in his way of seeing.

Every day I try to gaze at Jesus and to follow his way of life. However, it is neither easy to imitate Christ nor to keep strong faith all the time as he did. Sometimes I would prefer to organize my life on my own. I have neither time nor enough patience to wait for God's instruction. Nonetheless, I want to be obedient to the word of God and to look at the reality from divine perspective.    

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Our culture has lost its sense of God’s tangible presence and activity in our world.

I do believe in God who is present all the time. He is at hand so that I can perceive him in the created world. Moreover, he is still working and creating the visible world. Thanks to him I can live and act with love. It would be a disaster, if I forgot about his divine presence.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Christian faith is thus faith in a perfect love, in its decisive power, in its ability to transform the world and to unfold its history.

Jesus' love is my inspiration. His example made me follow him and serve the people in need. It always transforms my attitude towards others so that I can love them more and more. God's love helps me understand my own history and the events I have experienced in my life. Consequently, I can share this special Love with every person I meet.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith is God’s free gift, which calls for humility and the courage to trust and to entrust; it enables us to see the luminous path leading to the encounter of God and humanity: the history of salvation.

Faith teaches me that I need to be humble and courageous. Since my strength comes from God whom I trust most. On my own I cannot do anything so I depend on my Saviour completely. Moreover, my faith helps me to have good relations with the people who are Christians. As one family of believers we encourage each other and support one another in times of distress.   

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

By constantly turning towards the Lord, we discover a sure path which liberates us from the dissolution imposed upon us by idols.

Thanks to the Lord I am free from any danger. Nothing can harm me since the Almighty God is my Lord. But apart from him I would not know what is good or bad for me. Consequen if peace is in my soul, I am sure that the Holy Spirit works and leads me all the time.   

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The man of faith gains strength by putting himself in the hands of the God who is faithful.

As a human being I am weak and need strength from God. I become stronger when I believe that my Shepherd keeps me on his shoulders. As a result I am able to overcome all kinds of difficulties and to win the prize of eternal life. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith “sees” to the extent that it journeys, to the extent that it chooses to enter into the horizons opened up by God’s word.

Faith in Jesus Christ leads me always through my paths. I do not know exactly where I will go but I trust in him. I am certain that he will not let me be lost. I have already experienced that he cared of me. Therefore I am not afraid of my future. I keep on going with Jesus as my best Shepherd.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

God is not the god of a particular place, or a deity linked to specific sacred time, but the God of a person, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, capable of interacting with man and establishing a covenant with him.

God also communicates with me and I can hear his gentle voice in my heart. But I need to be well-prepared for his calling. I sometimes have problems with listening carefully. I am easily disturbed by many things. I often think about my past and my future too much. Therefore I am not able to hear him speak.  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The Church never takes faith for granted, but knows that this gift of God needs to be nourished and reinforced so that it can continue to guide her pilgrim way.

I know that I need to progress in my faith day by day. Since every day there are new situations I am involved. I am often not sure what to do and in this case I am looking forward to the grace of God. My Lord always is at my side waiting to support me and assure that I do not have to worry at all.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The conviction born of a faith which brings grandeur and fulfilment to life, a faith centred on Christ and on the power of his grace, inspired the mission of the first Christians.

My vocation as a missionary comes from the faith in Jesus Christ. He inspired me to follow him and to preach the Good News to the people who do not know the Lord. I consider this task as a grace from God. I am thankful that I may join the honorable community of apostles.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith, received from God as a supernatural gift, becomes a light for our way, guiding our journey through time.

The Catholic faith has been granted to me as a gift from God. Every day I can progress in this faith and see more thanks to it. Whenever I do not know where to go, I may jump in the unknown keeping in mind that God guides the journey of my life. Finally, I will reach the heavenly kingdom with the place prepared for me.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Faith is a light and once the flame of faith dies our, all other lights begin to dim. The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. 

Faith helps me to survive in times of distress and trobles. Since I can always depend on my Lord who guards me and leads me through the difficult moments of my life. Also his words written in the Scriptures illuminate the paths I need to walk. Therefore I am grateful that I have been granted such a great gift like Christian faith.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

Humanity renounced the search for a great light, Truth itself, in order to be content with smaller lights which illumine the fleeting moment yet prove incapable of showing the way. Yet in the absense of light everything becomes confused; it is impossible to tell good from evel, or the road to our destination from other roads which take us in endless circles, going nowhere.

Jesus Christ is the Truth himself. Therefore, I am looking forward to his Truth which enlightens my reason. For I cannot find the right path through my life apart from his divine light. On my own I become easily confused and am not able to know what is right. So I need his support to recognize the things which are good for me and dismiss those which are wrong.     

Friday, July 5, 2013

Lumen fidei (Pope Francis).

The light of faith.

Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets.

I am so happy because I can see Jesus who is the light of my heart. He enlightens the darkness of my sin and gives me new hope so that I may wake up every morning and enjoy my life. Moreover, I am able to share the divine light with others who need it as well. Thank you, my Lord, that your warm light shines in me and  throughout the world.