Secret Heart: Let’s learn to read the thread of our heart

True spiritual consolation is to be certain that we are doing what God wants us to do – Pope Francis in Encyclical Letter for Wednesday, November 30

Mary Teresa: The Vatican

November 30 is World Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Chemical Weapons War. A warning has been issued against the use of weapons of mass destruction in the more than nine-month war in Ukraine. On this day, we pay tribute to those who have died in wars that have taken place, and are taking place, in many parts of the world. We join Pope Francis in his continued appeal for peace in the world, especially in Ukraine. This Monday at 8:00 a.m. Urom time, Pope Francis began his tenth sermon on the Epiphany to the people gathered in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s complex at 9:15 a.m. after meeting with Argentinian Catholic University Professor Arulpani Carlos Maria Galli.

I pray to God that you may grow in knowledge and all-pervasiveness, be full of love, and accept the best. I do this purposely, to the glory and praise of God, filled with works of righteousness through Jesus Christ, and living blameless unto the day of Christ. (Philippians 1,9-11).

Wednesday Hindsight

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. In our mystery of enlightenment, we thought last week about the experience of spiritual comfort. We meditated that it gives a deep sense of joy in the soul, and the spiritual comfort that is the gift of the Holy Spirit, makes us feel the comforting presence of God and His care in all, even in times of trial and suffering. Is the spiritual comfort we receive real? We must ask ourselves how to know that. This question is important for a good clear selection. By asking such questions we may not be deceived in our pursuit of our true interests. True spiritual comfort is a gift of God. It helps us to grow in our love for the Lord and our neighbor, to discern the presence of God in our lives, and to perform spiritual and charitable actions. Saint Ignatius tells us that true prayer brings blessings in all stages of our life, beginning, middle and end. And it is important to discern the fruits of our prayer and to be aware of the temptations that lead us astray into alternatives that do little to do great good. A great help in discerning true spiritual comfort is the spiritual examination we do each day. It purifies our minds and hearts, sanctifies us, and opens our minds to God’s glory so that we may grow in union with Him. True spiritual comfort is some assurance that we are doing what God wants us to do, that we are walking His ways in a life of joy and peace. Discernment is not about what is good or what can do good best, but about what is good for me at the moment. Also, discernment helps us to see what God expects of us at this time. Yet, it also helps us choose between different possibilities in our search for what is truly good.

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I especially remember Pope Francis who spoke about true spiritual comfort to the young, the sick, the elderly, and the newlyweds. The season of Advent upon which we have begun invites us to meet the Lord with prayer, penance, and works of charity. Let us prepare ourselves to celebrate His birth by listening to the word of God and responding generously to the grace of Jesus.

Feast of St. Andrew

Also, on this Wednesday, November 30, we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, brother of Simon Peter and patron saint of Constantinople. As usual, a delegation of the Holy See has gone to Constantinople on this occasion. On this day, I offer my greetings to my beloved brother Bartholomew I, Patriarch of the Constantinople Christian Union, and to the whole Church. The Pope said, “Let us ask for the intercession of our brothers and sisters, Apostles Peter and Andrew, so that they may soon experience full unity and peace for the world, especially our beloved Ukraine, which is facing the suffering that is always in our hearts and prayers.” Later, Pope Francis gave his apostolic blessing, God bless you.


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