St. Monica Parish

St. Monica Parish
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012


This second reading from the Liturgy of the Hours speaks of the wonders of love. It's the stairway to heaven, but such a difficult climb. Along the way we see so clearly the sins of others and deny our own sin. We think we can fix others by pointing out the sins, but in fact we push them away. Love is so simple, but so very hard. There are times when I have a deep understanding and acceptance of where others need to be in their lives. But it seems that those times are fleeting. I do believe that our loving and merciful creator made us all different and he has a particular plan for each one of us. He is God and I am not. Letting go and trusting that God is working in the lives of my loved ones and I don't have to. We all have our journey that involves pain and suffering. We are all called to come home to God's heavenly kingdom, but not all will answer that call. It is what we do in this life that will make all the difference in the next. Blessings!

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe, bishop
The armament of love

Love, indeed, is the source of all good things; it is an impregnable defense, and the way that leads to heaven. He who walks in love can neither go astray nor be afraid: love guides him, protects him, and brings him to his journey’s end.

My brothers, Christ made love the stairway that would enable all Christians to climb to heaven. Hold fast to it, therefore, in all sincerity, give one another practical proof of it, and by your progress in it, make your ascent together.

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