Skip to comments.Direction for Our Time
Posted on 11/07/2012 10:34:09 AM PST by mgist
Dear lay apostles, (Ann is a visionary from Ireland dedicated to spreading Gods messages)
May God continue to grant us His most special blessings in this time.
How are we, lay apostles, called to offer ourselves to the people we meet today?
My friends, always and every day, we are called to offer hope. Gods kingdom is not of this world, and we, those who strive to bring about Gods kingdom, are probably serving as best we can. Often, in our service to God we decide what success will look like. But this is short sighted. Only God can judge success and failure.
And we must take responsibility for leading Gods children into hope, regardless of what external circumstances look like. When saints died for Christ they died in hope, not despair. And if the saints were led to death proclaiming Christ and the hope of eternal salvation, how can we do less while we live? Will we allow the ebbs and flows of Christian unity and popularity to affect our certainty that we have been ransomed at great cost? No. We must direct people continually into the hope that is heaven, which, we must remember, is real.
Also, our goal is not to get everyone to stand where we are standing but to spark transformation in each person so that each person can stand where God needs them to stand. What is our spark? Always and forever, the most effective spark is love. And it is love which will transform a culture of death into a culture of life.
Now, as apostles of the Returning King, we should remain focused on our work, wherever that has brought us. But perhaps we must accept that the on-going risk to Gods children in the womb has taken us into an ominous landscape, indeed. The Creator has blessed each of us with life, not cursed us. Each new life, regardless of the circumstances around conception, should be viewed as a personal gift to humanity from God. In the same way, each elderly person should be lovingly escorted by humanity to the moment when he returns to God. Yes, we should help each mother to view herself as a temporary custodian of life, appointed by the Creator to participate in the offering of hope to mankind. Each father should be lovingly directed to integrity and the noble call that is the transferring of integrity into the next generation. Am I off topic? I do not believe so.
Truly, a hurting culture does not understand, but perhaps we can help them to understand.
I suppose, we will help by pouring ourselves into the counter cultural task of love, just as the first apostles poured themselves into their counter cultural task of love. We do this with positive enthusiasm, excitement and all of the energy that our beautiful young Catholics bring to the job. We do this through fidelity to the Magisterium.
Truly, we are each part of a team which includes all of heaven. So now we pray for all of our leaders, that they will hear the voice of God inside them and be consoled, strengthened and directed.
With love from Anne, a lay apostle
Absolutely beautiful...thank you so much for posting this...God Bless you!
I’m glad you liked this also. Spread the link, messages, and love. I have to admit I was a little sad, but this timely message came, and we know Him and know it’s real. We have to love, share, and stay strong in Him. God Bless