THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF
Laredo, Texas

November 1-7, 2015

The beginning of November celebrates the wonderful Solemnity of All Saints. The early Christians use to address each other as saints. This address of respect accorded to each other honored the image of God in which each one has been created. Somewhere along the way we lost this early practice and attribute the title to those proclaimed, as such, by the Church. However, we believe, like St. John in Revelations 7: 2-4; 9-14 that there is a “great multitude, which none could count…standing before the Lamb.” These are the children of God, so loved by the Father, as St. John tells us in his First Letter 3:1-3. We, too, are these beloved children of God and will someday stand with this multitude before Jesus, the Lamb of God.

The Gospel of St. Matthew 5: 1-12 shares Jesus’ challenge for the behavior of a Christian – the Beatitudes. We are to BE merciful, just, peacemakers, meek, pure, poor in spirit and partners with the suffering and persecuted of this world. Each has a specific blessings attached to it. How comforting.

This is the time of the Liturgical Year that we are asked to pray for those who are making their journey to God after death and may still have some penance to do before they fully enter into eternal glory. Our prayers for others are always fruitful, whether in this life or the next. They are applied by God, according to his holy will. We may not always like the answer, but prayer is dynamic and spirals in many directions.

St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican Brother from Lima, Peru, makes his appearance this week. He reminds us that the care for others and all creation brings many blessings. We are to always have our hands open to the needy and destitute. Legend tells us that if you pray to St. Martin, you will see a mouse in some form, when the prayer is answered. I believe, because I have seen many mice.

St. Charles Borromeo, a Cardinal and Archbishop of Milan in the 16th century, leaves us with the example of a life lead with austerity and the dedication to the reform of the Church of that era. He believed it would take a well educated and formed priest to bring about the changes of the Council of Trent. He established seminaries for that purpose and set up the first catechism.

Recently, I heard an interesting quote: “We are all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass, author and poet. It is a very comforting idea in this journey to eternity.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF



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