Where there is despair, I may bring hope.

( January 31 - February 27)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where there is despair, I may bring hope

 

 

 

 

Be a witness to “Christ our Hope”
… I urge you to continue to be a leaven of evangelical hope in … society, striving to bring the light and truth of the Gospel to the task of building an ever more just and free world for generations yet to come.
Those who have hope must live different lives! (cf. Spe Salvi, 2). By your prayers, by the witness of your faith, by the fruitfulness of your charity, may you point the way towards that vast horizon of hope which God is even now opening up to his Church, and indeed to all humanity: the vision of a world reconciled and renewed in Christ Jesus, our Savior. 

(Holy Mass Homily of His Holiness Benedict XVI Washington Nationals Stadium Thursday, 17 April 2008)

 

 

 

A first essential setting for learning hope is prayer. When no one listens to me any more, God still listens to me. When I can no longer talk to anyone or call upon anyone, I can always talk to God. When there is no longer anyone to help me deal with a need or expectation that goes beyond the human capacity for hope, he can help me. When I have been plunged into complete solitude ...; if I pray I am never totally alone. The late Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, a prisoner for thirteen years, nine of them spent in solitary confinement, has left us a precious little book: Prayers of Hope. During thirteen years in jail, in a situation of seemingly utter hopelessness, the fact that he could listen and speak to God became for him an increasing power of hope, which enabled him, after his release, to become for people all over the world a witness to hope—to that great hope which does not wane even in the nights of solitude.

("Spe Salvi" - Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI )

 

 

 

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WEEK 1 


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Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and my God

(Ps 42:5-6).

 



 

 

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Grateful for the thousands of opportunities Jesus gives us to bring hope into a multitude of lives by our concern for the individual sufferer, we will help our troubled world at the brink of despair to discover a new reason to live or to die with a smile of contentment on its lips.

 

 

When little Sunil, now 21 years old, was 11 years old his father died. In despair the mother drank something and the little one sat near her, until she died. I took him to Shishu Bhavan and he did not want to eat; I suppose he wanted to die like his mother. I told Sr. Agnes, “Try to do something for him.” She must have looked like his mother . . . because he began to eat and recovered. The other day he came to me and said, “I want to do to the poor children what you have done to me.”

 

 

Once I picked up a man from an open drain, his body was covered with worms, huh?  And I took him to the home and in a strong voice he said, “I’ve lived like an animal in the street but I’m going to die like an angel loved and cared [for].”  Two hours after, he died, big smile on his face.… He had no regret, no despair, didn’t curse anybody.

 

 

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WEEK 2

 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

(Romans 15:13).

 

 

 

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints … 

(Eph 1:18).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The people are asking for spiritual help, for consolation, they are so afraid, discouraged, in despair, so many commit suicide. That’s why we must concentrate on being God’s love, God’s presence—not by words, but by service, concrete love, listening.

 

 

 

In Bourke ... I went to one old man and said, “You don’t light the lamp?” His room was filthy dirty and the lamp was also full of dirt. I cleaned it and lit the lamp for him. Two years after, he said “Tell my friend, the light she lit in my life is still burning.” This is very important for us MCs, to realize we are carriers of God’s love. In many places they say MCs have brought the light of hope. They look forward to your coming.

 

 

 

Sometime ago there was a husband and wife—they loved each other so much. Then the wife died and he was so upset and I told the husband, “She has gone home to Jesus, but she is closer to you now than before because Jesus is in your heart and she, Phyllis, is with Jesus, so she is in your heart too.” He later wrote me a letter, “You don’t know what that sentence has done to me—removed more than half the sorrow. I don’t know how to say thank you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

 

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

(Romans 12:12).

 

 

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander

(1 Peter 3:14-16).

 

 

 

 

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During this Lent let us improve our spirit of prayer and recollection—let us free our minds from all that is not Jesus. —If you find it difficult to pray—ask Him again and again—“Jesus come into my heart, pray in me and with me that I may learn from Thee how to pray.” —If you pray more you will pray better. Take the help of all your senses to pray. Pay special care—how you genuflect, how you join your hands, when passing by the chapel, going out or coming to the convent, the taking of the holy water, using the holy pictures to lift your mind to God.

 

 

 

These were, for Our Lady, days of practicing great faith. Maybe she didn’t know the time, but she believed that the crucifixion was not the end. In her heart she was full of hope. Hope is the great gift from God. Hope is the sign of life. Let us always hope for the best when everything seems black. Hope, trust and surrender—that acceptance of pain and suffering.

 

 

 

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WEEK 4

 

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For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

(Jer. 29:11).

 

 

 

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful

(Heb 10:23).

 

 


 

 

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But actually, you are the co-workers of Christ Himself and He wants you to be so totally His wherever you are, whatever work you are doing, there to be that sunshine of God’s love.  There is so much darkness in the world today and you, a co-worker, has to be that sunshine there.  There is so much less hope, there is so much despair, so much distress in the world and a co-worker has to be the hope of eternal happiness.  There is so much hatred, there’s so much killing, so much destruction in the world and a co-worker has to be the burning flame of God’s love and compassion and that’s why we need to pray.  We need to pray to be able to be so one with Christ, one with God that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. 

 


… you must learn to pray – maybe not big prayers but talk from the heart to God, open your heart to God.  Open your heart to God whether you are – most of you have learned to pray from babyhood, you have learned to pray in your family.  Teach!  Today we have so many difficulties with the young people and yet the young people are hungry for God.  They are hungry to give all to God but they are misled and it is you, as co-workers, [who] must be that burning flame of love there. 

 

 

 

 

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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,
that where there is despair, I may bring hope.

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 


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Additional passages for reflection:

 

Psalm 25:4-5 
Show me your ways, O LORD, 
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, 
for you are God my Savior, 
and my hope is in you all day long.

 

Psalm 25:20-22 
 Guard my life and rescue me; 
let me not be put to shame, 
for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness protect me, 
because my hope is in you.

 

Psalm 33:18-19 

he eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, 
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
 to deliver them from death 
and keep them alive in famine.

 

Psalm 52:9
I will praise you forever for what you have done;
in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
I will praise you in the presence of your saints.

 

Psalm 62:5
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.

 

Isaiah 40:31
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

 

1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
and into an inheritance that can never perish,
spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you ...

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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, that where there is despair, I may bring hope.  

 

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, that where there is despair, I may bring hope.  

 

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, that where there is despair, I may bring hope.  

 

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, that where there is despair, I may bring hope.  

 

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, that where there is despair, I may bring hope.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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