As we find ourselves in uncertain times, God’s grace is forever.
“We always overestimate ourselves when we imagine we are completely indispensable and that the world or the Church depends on our frantic activity. Often it will be an act of real humility and honesty to stop what we are doing, to acknowledge our limits, to take time to draw breath…
…Those who read Scripture in a reflective spirit found this experience in Paul, translated into the profession of Christian hope: ‘I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.’ (Romans 8:18)
The center of gravity of existence has shifted as a result of this certainty: now it lies at the morning of life, which means that it takes away the oppressiveness and the pressure of the moment and dissolves the tears of the evening by the power of a grace that lasts forever.” Pope Benedict XVI (“Seek That Which is Above”)
Virginia : )
Photos: Sunset over the James River (from the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry)
His grace is sufficient. Praise the living God.
Amen! God’s grace is AMAZING GRACE!! ✨🙏✨
Probably the hardest thing about all this, for me anyway, is not being able to receive the Eucharist. Yes, there are plenty of Masses — on TV and online — at all hours of the day and evening, but does your mouth hunger the way mine does, to receive Jesus again?? Hugs, Virginia!
I feel it, too, Debbie. Years ago working in Tanzania I traveled a great deal, sometimes missing church several Sundays in a row. Fortunately, St. Joseph’s Cathedral was around the corner from my office in Dar es Salaam. They had daily 6:15 & 6:45AM masses (with hundreds of folks pouring in & out for each one.) I would ‘make up’ for what I missed by going every day. Now we can’t do that! It’s hard!! Hugs! ✨🙏✨
Because His grace abounds and runs deep…it shall be well. All will be well. Thanks for sharing that Romans verse…the perfect reassurance needed. Keep safe and be blessed.
Hey Cyn, this Julian of Norwich quote helps me “keep calm” by reaching for God’s grace. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Please be safe! Hugs (germ free ones!) ✨🧼🤗🧼✨