For it is by forgetting self that one finds, it is by forgiving that one is forgiven, it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For it is by forgetting self that one finds,
it is by forgiving that one is forgiven,
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life

 

 

 

 

If you learn to discover Jesus in the Eucharist, you will also know how to discover him in your brothers and sisters, particularly in the very poor. The Eucharist received with love and adored with fervor becomes a school of freedom and charity in order to fulfill the commandment to love. Jesus speaks to us in the wonderful language of the gift of self and of love so great as to give our own life for it. Is that an easy thing? You know very well that it is not! It is not easy to forget our self, but if we do, it draws us away from possessive and narcissistic love and opens us up to the joy of a love that is self-giving. This Eucharistic school of freedom and charity teaches us to overcome superficial emotions in order to be rooted firmly in what is true and good; it frees us from self-attachment in order to open ourselves to others. It teaches us to make the transition from an affective love to an effective love. For love is not merely a feeling; it is an act of will that consists of preferring, in a constant manner, the good of others to the good of oneself: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lays down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13).

(Message of the Holy Father John Paul II to the Youth of the World On The Occasion of the XIX World Youth Day 2004)

 

 

 

You are called to understand each other, to work together, to walk together the path of life - together with each other and with Christ - to respect humanity in everyone, even in those who have lost a sense of their own dignity. You must find Christ in others, and give Christ to others - the Christ who alone is the hope of the world! In all the circumstances of your lives you are called to be bearers of a message of hope, called to be ready, in the words of Saint Peter, with an answer for anyone who asks you "to account for the hope that is in you". With this hope, with understanding and love, equipped with all the principles of your Catholic faith, you will be able to face serenely the issues of daily living.

(Homily of John Paul II Castelgandolfo, 28 August 1980)

 

A part of every human love is that it is only truly great and enriching if I am ready to deny myself for this other person, to come out of myself, to give of myself. And that is certainly true of our relationship with God, out of which, in the end, all our other relationships must grow. I must begin by no longer looking at myself, but by asking what he wants. I must begin by learning to love. That consists precisely in turning my gaze away from myself and toward him. With this attitude I no longer ask, “What can I get for myself”, but I simply let myself be guided by him, truly lose myself in Christ; when I abandon myself, let go of myself, then I see, yes, life is right at last, because otherwise I am far too narrow for myself. When, so to speak, I go outside, then it truly begins, then life attains its greatness.

(Benedictus p. 89)

 

We cannot communicate with the Lord if we do not communicate with one another. If we want to present ourselves to him, we must also take a step towards meeting one another. To do this we must learn the great lesson of forgiveness: we must not let the gnawings of resentment work in our soul, but must open our hearts to the magnanimity of listening to others, open our hearts to understanding them, eventually to accepting their apologies, to generously offering our own.

(24th Italian National Eucharistic Congress Homily of his Holiness Benedict XVI Esplanade of Marisabella Sunday, 29 May 2005)

 

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WEEK 1 
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…he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it (Mt 10:38-39).

 

 

But if when you do right and suffer for it you take it patiently, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he trusted to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pt 2:20-24)..

 

 

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I find that if the work begins—there will be plenty of humiliations, loneliness and suffering for me.—As I am, I am very happy and here especially—but Our Lord does not stop calling.—I have tried to stop these thoughts—but without any fruit. I don’t see what the self can get from it—I know everybody will speak against.—No, Your Grace, forgive me for saying—in the work there will be complete surrender of all I have and all I am—there will be nothing absolutely left.—Now, I am His, only His—I have given Him everything—I have not been seeking self for sometime now. (CBML, p. 57)



There are failures, there are many failures in every religious life, in every family. In the best of families, there are difficulties. That is the human nature, that is the cross and Jesus has asked us to take the cross and follow Him. He didn’t tell us to go ahead of Him.

 

 


How very often very small misunderstandings – repeated – become a cause of so much suffering. In the name of Jesus and for the love of Jesus, accept these little gifts from Him. Look up at that little hurt and see the gift of Jesus only. He had accepted so much suffering and humiliations because He loved you. Will you not accept the little correction or hurt because you love Him?

 

 


Another thing, if you are blamed for something, think for one second—“Is it true?” If your heart and conscience is clear, you will immediately get the answer “yes” or “no.” If it is true, then say, “I’m sorry.” If it is not, then this is a humiliation that can make you a saint . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEK 2 (August 8 - 14))

 

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Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and , if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And over all these put on love, which bind everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

(Col 3:12-15).

 

 


Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

( Eph 4:29-32).


 

 

 

 

 

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We cannot forgive unless we know that we need forgiveness, and forgiveness is the beginning of love.

 


Jesus taught us to pray, “Pray like this: Our Father ... Thy will be done ... Forgive us as we forgive.” It is so simple yet so beautiful. It comes throughout the day on every day of our lives. If we pray the “Our Father” and live it, we will be holy. Everything is there: God, myself, my neighbour. If I forgive, then I can be holy and I can pray. . . . All this comes from a humble heart and if we have this we will know how to love God, to love self and my neighbour. You see in this is simple love for Jesus. There are no complications and yet we complicate our lives so much, by so many additions. Just one thing counts: to be humble, to pray. The more you pray the better you pray. How do you pray? You should go to God like a little child. A child has no difficulty in expressing his little mind in simple words, but they express so much. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Become as a little child.” If we pray the Gospel we will allow Christ to grow in us.

 


Unforgiveness will prevent you from giving love. Only if you are able to forgive will you be able to fulfill that Gospel of “Love one another as I have loved you.” Only then will you be able to love God with your whole heart.

 

 


Be humble, love humility, empty yourself of self, and you will be able to love each other as He has loved you.

 

 


May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus make our hearts meek and humble like His and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way. May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more each day, and forgive each others’ faults as You forgive our sins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3 (August 15 - 21)

 

 

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“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38).

 


“Do whatever he tells you.”

(Jn 2:5).

 

 

 

 

 

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God loved the world so much that He gave His Son and I think that was the first Eucharist — the giving of the Son, that He gave Him to Our Lady; and Our Lady was the first altar and she was the one who can in all sincerity say “This is my body” for she gave her body, her strength, her whole being, in making the body of Christ. In her the power of the Holy Spirit dwelled and was made flesh and she, in turn, in surrendering herself in that total surrender—for she had given herself to keep her virginity virgin, to keep her purity pure, to keep her chastity chaste — to the one living God and when this coming of Christ through the angel, she asked one question only. She couldn’t understand how she could give up what she has already given. And the angel explained to her, and she understood and one beautiful answer that showed what she as a woman was, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.” Our Lady, the most beautiful of all women, the greatest, the humblest, the most pure, the most holy — the moment she felt that she was full of grace, full of Jesus, she went in haste and this is I feel that is why God picked a woman to be able to show His love and compassion for the world. And again it is she, the woman, who shows her compassion by sharing immediately what she has received, the breaking of the Eucharist so to say. And we know what happened to St. John. He leaped with joy at the presence of Christ. This is what we as women have got, this is what we have been created for, to be the heart in the home and as Little Flower has said, “I will be the heart in the Mother Church, I will love.”

 

 

No one has learned so well the lesson of humility as Mary did. She being the handmaid of the Lord was completely empty of self and God filled her with grace; – Full of grace – full of God. “Handmaid” is to be at one’s disposal – to be used according to someone’s wish – with full trust and joy – to belong to someone without reserve – and this is one main reason of the spirit of the Society.

 

 

I say it again and again, as I have said it so often, that even Almighty God cannot fill what is already full. We must be empty if we want God to fill us with His fullness. Our Lady had to be empty before she could be full of grace. She had to declare she was the handmaid of the Lord, before God could fill her. So also we must be empty of all pride, all jealousy, selfishness, and so on, before God can fill us with His love.

 

 

I look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the one I must follow as a religious, especially as a woman who is a religious. Mary was the first consecrated woman. We must become pure and humble like Mary so that we can become holy like Jesus, and we must be all for Jesus through Mary. Our consecrated life should be one of loving trust, total surrender and joy, as were the lives of Jesus and Mary in the Gospel.

 

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WEEK 4

 

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“…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”

(Mt 2);26-28).

 

 

 


. . . Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I as sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ and the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

(Mt 25:34-40).

 

 


 

 

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[Jesus] proved His love to us by giving His own life, His own being. ‘He being rich became poor’ for you and for me. He gave Himself totally. He died on the Cross. But before He died, He made Himself the Bread of Life to satisfy our hunger for love, for Him. He said, ‘Unless you eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, you cannot have life eternal.’ And the greatness of that love of His made Him the hungry one, and He said, ‘I was hungry and you fed Me, and unless you feed Me, you cannot enter eternal life.’ That is the giving of Christ. And today God keeps on loving the world. He keeps on sending you and me to prove that He loves the world, that He still has that compassion for the world. It is we who have to be His love, His compassion in the world of today. But to be able to love we must have faith, for faith in action is love, and love in action is service. That is why Jesus made Himself the Bread of Life, that we might be able to eat and live and be able to see Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

 

 

We all want to love God because we have been created for greater things—to love and to be loved. How do we love God? Where is God? Jesus has answered: “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me”; and when we are dead, when we go home to God, God is going to judge us on what we have been to the poor. And He says, “I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you took care of me, I was homeless and you took me in, I was lonely and you smiled at me . . . Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you have done it to me”. And this is what Jesus again and again told us: to love one another as He has loved us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.


Lord, make me a channel of your peace.
Help me to forget self and forgive others.


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 

Happy 100th Birthday !!!!


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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

Help me to forget self and forgive others. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace. Help me to forget self and forgive others. 

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace. Help me to forget self and forgive others. 

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

Help me to forget self and forgive others. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

Help me to forget self and forgive others. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace. Help me to forget self and forgive others. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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