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Monday, November 9, 2009

Willing to be a disciple

Jesus praises those who suffer, those who are dependent like little children, those who are poor.  Yet we do what we can to ease pain, to become adults and to live with some financial security.  We act as we do because pain, immaturity and poverty are not good in themselves; and we should act to remove evil from our lives and the lives of others.

What is evil can become good, however, if voluntarily accepted for the sake of the Gospel.  Suffering is not good, but people who voluntarily offer their sufferings in union with Christ’s passion contribute to the salvation of the world.  Immaturity is not good, but those who willingly live in total dependence on God develop the trust and intimacy with God that is a sign of his constant presence.  Poverty can grind people down, but those who voluntarily live in poverty are free of preoccupations that can separate people from God.  Accepting evils voluntarily shows that we trust God to bring good out of evil; and God does so willingly.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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