Charisms are graces given for the benefit of others. This is why Saint Paul notes that these are not the most important of graces, because they do not directly sanctify the person who is given the gift: the gift is for others not for oneself.
Many of us are enamored by the luxury of the world. As Catholics, we must make service to the poor a significant part of our lives. It would benefit us greatly to practice a certain amount of self-imposed asceticism to give aid to the poor.
That utopia, the promise of paradise, is a hope, propelled by faith, beyond this material world. It is the goal that makes us persist in our search for God. For only in him can we find our true nature and the ultimate essence of love.
It is supernatural faith that is permitted by God to take root in us and grow through hope, leading us to charity, the ultimate revelation of God himself.
“Our association – Associação Piedosa do Escapulário do Carmo – was formed in 2021. We aim to serve the community and promote charitable work. We have about forty volunteers.”
What kind of Good News is this? “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also.” (Lk 6:27-38). Jesus’s words sound almost cruel and inhuman, because Jesus is not talking about patiently bearing with an annoying colleague, nor about forgiving someone who has done terrible things to us but later repented. Jesus is talking about being merciful while enduring abuse and the abuser shows no repentance. An unthinkable situation.
The Lusophone Scouts Group of Macau (GELMac) collected around 1,700 kilograms of food last Saturday. The donations were offered to two of the institutions – Caritas Macau and the Catholic Pastoral Centre of Macau – that have done the most to relieve Macau’s most vulnerable and needy.
Lord, I desire to love You with my whole being. Increase my love for You and allow that love to overflow into every relationship I have in life. May love be the one and only mission of my life. Jesus, I trust in You.
The Papal Encyclicals have changed a lot in recent centuries. They usually occupied one page; today they have a hundred or more pages. Previously, they often addressed specific international issues; today they deal mostly with our relationship with God or with the demands of Christian life. Fundamentally, the language of the Encyclicals have changed radically!