Friday, November 29, 2013

Prope est regnum Dei (Lk 21:30).

The Kingdom of God is near.

A Christian is a man of meditation. Accordingly, he sees the facts in the light of the Scriptures. Thus he is able to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world. Furthermore, he almost feels God's love. He lives now and is not concerned about the past or the future. He does perceive the time passing away but it does not make him sad. On the contrary, he keeps the words of the Lord deep in his heart to apply them to the circumstances. When he is in the dangerous situation, he does not stop trusting. Yet he knows that God is omnipotent and his Providence guards the mankind. For that reason, he blesses the Lord and praises him above all forever. Since from the beginning to the end everything is under the wings of the Almighty. The beautiful nature never ceases exalting him, but gives him thanks all the time. As a child of God you are to experience his goodness too. Actually the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Appropinquat redemptio vestra (Lk 21:28).

Your redemption is at hand.

Your life might be in danger. Since many accidents happen, people pass away and you do not know the future. You may always be hurt or get seriously sick. You are not able to control everything. You can only escape from the difficult situation and pay attention not to engage in the dangerous endeavours. Nevertheless, you are sometimes in the circumstances which make you suffer. In this case, you must be courageous and keep faith in the Son of God. As he survived the pains of cross, you also can do the same. To make it possible, you ought to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit. Since God does save his holy ones and never lets them be destroyed. For that reason, you should praise and exalt him above all forever. You also are to stand erect and to raise your voice of worship even if darkness and dark clouds surround you. The more complicated matters become, the closer your Redeemer is. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

In patientia vestra (Lk 21:19).

By your perseverance.

Although many hardships occur in your life, you must be patient to face them. You can overcome troubles and give a good testimony as a child of God. Others who are not believers may be confused, but as a Christian you cannot be afraid while you are under guidence of the Holy Spirit. If you listen to God carefully, you receive power to survive any danger. In addition, you become wise and make good choices in your life. Nothing can hurt you. Nobody is able to have you suffer. For you are strong enough to remain faithful until death. You give glory and praise to the Lord as he takes care of you. You experience his goodness in the world and everything speaks about his great love towards you. Therefore you bless the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Depositio tabernaculi mei (2 Pet 1:14).

I must fold my tent.

There are many things we must do every day. But the most important is to remember Jesus Christ our Lord. His example of love and sacrifice should strengthen us to take care of each other. Yet his life was not imaginary but real. This is a reason we are also able to follow his footsteps. In this way our sisters and brothers can see that we live as he lived and pay attention to the holy Gospel. Moreover, they might experience that miracles happen nowadays too. Since the grace of the Holy Spirit is present among us and through us. Consequently, in our words and deeds others can perceive the divine power. Obviously, it is not easy to love as the Son of God loved the humankind but we try our best to be imitators of Christ. Overall, we do trust in his prophetic message and enlighten our neighbours with the light of the Word. Thus, we give testimony to God and fulfill his precepts.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ad vitam et pietatem (2 Pet 1:3).

A life of genuine piety.

Everyone needs grace to live a peaceful life. This grace is the divine power which enables people to be holy. However, not everybody is open enough to understand it. Sometimes this truth is hidden from the human mind. Therefore, very important is to remind others about the power of the Holy Spirit that makes the children of God sharers of the divine nature. For each man may attain virtue and faith, and discernment, and self-control, and perseverance. In this long process the child of God is being encouraged to love one another. The best example is the Son of God whose life was full of love towards his Father and people. Accordingly, Christians are to make their election permanent so as not to be lost. They should try to be pious all the time in order to enter into the everlasting kingdom. That is the main goal and sense of human life and vocation.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Meditamini in omnibus mirabilibus eius (Ps 105:2).

Proclaim all his wondrous deeds.

I often forget the marvels God has made for me. Although thousands of them happened in my life. First of all, the miracle of conception and the gift of soul. Further, health and happiness among the members of my extended family. Also the fact that as an altar boy I grew up near the church and received the holy sacraments. Thus, the grace of the Holy Spirit led me from the very beginning. Moreover, the friendly people I met and travelled with through the beautiful mountains. Then, the hurtful events which strengthened me rather than made me depressed. Despite them, I finished a good primary and secondary school, later theological and philological studies, took temporary and final vows, and was ordained in 2006. Since the ordination I have been serving the people in need by the holy sacraments and especially reconciliation. In such a way, the divine grace works in me and it is the greatest gift of the beloved Father. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

In quibus non subest scientia Dei (Wis 13:1).

In ignorance of God.

I am lucky because I have known God since my childhood. I am able to recognize him in the beauty of creation. Although I cannot see him face to face, I meet him in the miracles of nature. Since everything speaks about the Creator and announces his glory. For that reason, I am glad and praise the splendor of God. At the same time, I am worried because many people neither believe in God nor want to find him. They seem to have their eyes closed not to see the Lord. Nevertheless, the heavens and the earth proclaim the majesty of Creator. Thus, everyone is supposed to find out that God takes care of his creatures and gives them life. Had he not loved the world, he would have never created it. Therefore, do not be ignorant but raise your hands to God and respond to his great love. As a result, you will rejoice in his presence and find peace for your troubled heart.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In sapientia spiritus est (Wis 7:22).

In Wisdom is a spirit.

Jesus, the Wisdom of God, is my Master. Through his Holy Spirit I am being taught how to live in holiness. Thus, I learn to be prudent in all my endeavours. This way of education is subtle and happens deeply in my soul. I am being encouraged to look for the matters which are beneficent and right. Also I receive the divine power which bids me unstained and kind. Thanks to this help I feel firm, secure and my heart is tranquil. Otherwise, on my own I would not be able to fulfill all my tasks and duties. With the Spirit of God I participate in the divine light which enlightens the whole universe. Moreover, I am to be a spotless mirror and the image of God. Accordingly, I share my talents with others who are called to be friends of God. As a member of the Christian family I do experience the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

A longe (Lk 17:12).

From a distance ...

Jesus comes to your area to meet you. However, it is you who are to be prepared for this meeting. You might have a lot of work to do but first of all you must be aware of his visiting. You are to call his name to help you survive in the days of trouble. You cannot stop calling his holy name but rather ask him to bless you. The Lord always answers and gives you advise. He shows what you are supposed to accomplish. Further, he cleanses you from your iniquities and egoistic ideas. Consequenlty, you realize that it is only God who is needed in your life. As a result you give him thanks and glorify him all the time. You adore the Holy Sacrament so as to strengthen the relationship. Thus, you experience joy and divine peace fulfill your soul. Eventually, the distance from the Lord disappear completely and you become similar to him.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In incorruptibilitate (Wis 2:23).

To be imperishable.

We sometimes feel weak and exhausted but it is only our body which announces this fact. For our spirit is usually strong and can overcome all the difficulties. This is a divine part which never perishes but lasts forever. Obviously, our spiritual part is also in danger because of the devil who tempts us all the time. Nonetheless, we are not afraid as we know that our soul is in the hand of God. Although we may experience pain and death, we cannot be destroyed. Being under God's wings we live in peace and our hope is full of immortality. Consequently, every trouble helps and prepares us so that we may be greatly blessed and chastised in the end. Since God never lets his creature be lost but rather comes with his powerful grace to save. Overall, his will is to make us shine and rejoice in his kingdom where the Lord is King. Therefore, we should trust in him and respond to his everlasting love.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sub umbra alarum tuarum protege me (Ps 17:15).

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

My desire is to be with the Lord. As I walk on the earth, see the beauty of the creatures, meet the interesting people, I long to abide with God. Nobody and nothing can replace this strong desire of mine. I also spend time on prayer and meditate on the Scripture, but it is still not enough for me. In addition, I try to keep his commandments, though I make mistakes which I do not want. Nevertheless, there is a strong longing in my soul to hear his voice and embrace him. Although I know that he is looking at me all the time, I would like to feel his holy presence and the touch of his Spirit. I long to be hidden in the shadow of his wings and to rejoice in him. Since I am certain that when his glory appears, my joy will be full. So I keep asking him to encourage and strengthen me in my everyday life: May the Holy Spirit direct me to the stronger love of God and to the endurance of Jesus Christ. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Dei aedificatio estis (1 Cor 3:9).

You are God's building.

God is holy and for that reason whoever has the Holy Spirit in heart is sanctified. In addition, each of us is born thanks to the love of parents and the will of God. Accordingly, the divine grace is working on men from the very beginning. Then, as Christians we are being built by the words of Scripture. In such a way, Jesus Christ is our cornerstone and foundation. We listen to him carefully and follow his footsteps in accordance with the Gospel. Thus, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and makes us the holy temple. As a result, we can always find refuge and strength in an ever-present God. So we are not to fear but rejoice for the Lord is with us all the time. This truth should calm down our distress and give hope for the every day of our life.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Consecrans evangelium Dei (Rom 15:16).

In performing the priestly service...

I am a priest called to be a minister of Christ. It is a great dignity and the matter of vocation. Though I even do not know why it was me to be chosen as a missionary. Actually there were more people better prepared but the Lord looked on me and invited to be his special follower. This happened thanks to the grace given me by the Holy Spirit. Consequently, I am able to perform the priestly service of the Gospel so as to help others. I believe that the Word of God is acting through my ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, I have many proofs how the divine grace has worked through me and done miracles. For instance, in the sacrament of penitence God has already changed loads of human hearts and in the Eucharist sanctified many. I have seen those wonders and testify that it is the truth. However, I have not finished preaching the Gospel of Christ yet. I expect that much more wonderful things will happen in my life. Since I am going to proclaim the Good News to the people who need it most in the world.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Domini sumus (Rom 14:7).

We are the Lord's.

It is good to know that you belong to God who is your Creator. It should give you strength and assurance that Someone always cares for you. Moreover, there is a reason why you exist and a purpose you live for. The proof of God's love is that Christ died for you and saved you from the everlasting penalty. Therefore, you are to bend your knees and give praise to God. In such a way, you might show him respect and obedience to his holy will. It is also the best way to the never-ending happiness when you will gaze on the loveliness of the Lord. However, for the time being you ought to wait for this moment with courage and be stouthearted. One day, you will come to God and there will be much joy in heaven for that reason.  

Qui non baiulat crucem suam (Lk 14:27).

Whoever does not carry own cross.

Every morning I need to take my own cross. This cross is my daily routine, tasks and obligations. Nobody else can replace me in this job. I must do it myself. But it is not only my cross. Others have their own crosses which are to be carried too. To take one's cross is to follow Jesus Christ. For the Son of God teaches how to carry the daily burden in order to be his disciple. First of all, I am to carry it with love towards the people who accompany me. Thus, I can follow the example of my Master and love the heavenly Father. As a result, I am able to participate in the divine community of love. Such love is between the Father and the Son and is called the Holy Spirit. Therefore, carrying my daily cross with love in heart is the sign that the Spirit of God rests upon me.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sine paenitentia vocatio Dei (Rom 11:29).

The call of God is irrevocable.

Despite our mistakes, God always loves us. He wants us to exist as his beloved children. He takes care of us even if we do not care about it. In addition, he is ready to forgive everything and to bless us. For he is full of riches such as wisdom and knowledge. He does not keep the precious things for himself but shares them with us. However, we are not able to comprehend the divine mysteries but only approach them. Since we see from the distance and there is still a long way unless we enter the heavenly kingdom. Now we are often afflicted and in pain so we need God's saving help to protect us. We are the lowly ones and he is looking at us from above. Nonetheless, he hears our cries and revives our hearts with his grace. If we are in ruin, he rebuilds us and strengthens us. Therefore, we are to remain in his word so as to be his faithful disciples. In such a way, we will understand the truth that the call of God is irrevocable.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gutta roris antelucani (Wis 11:22).

A drop of morning dew.

In comparison with God, I am to be humble. Since God is the Creator of the whole universe and I am only a tiny part of it. He is everlasting and I can live just for a short time. He is holiness and I commit sins all the time. Nevertheless, he is merciful for me as I regret. Moreover, the Lord loves me so much that I am not able to comprehend it. By his grace I can survive and overcome all the difficulties in my life. For he is a lover of my soul and his imperishable spirit lives in me. Therefore, I praise his holy name and bless my Lord every day. I thank him for his kindness and compassion towards me. I wish all people did the same and were faithful as well. I would like to discourse of his glory and to speak of his might. I also want to share with others my hope and faith. Accordingly, I pray for all that our God may make us a community of his beloved children.