What can blind us or keep us from recognizing God's glory in our lives? Sin and unbelief for sure! Faith enables us to see what is hidden or unseen to the naked eye. Through the eyes of faith, Abraham recognized God and God's call in his life. He saw from afar not only what God intended for him, but for his descendants as well, an everlasting covenant of friendship and peace with the living God. Abraham is the father of faith because he put his hope in the promises of God.
Are we prepared to see God's glory? God is eager to share His glory with us! We get a glimpse of this when the disciples see Jesus transfigured on the mountain. Jesus' face changed in appearance and His clothing became dazzling white. When Moses met with God on Mount Sinai the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God (Exodus 34:29).
This Lenten season is a time for each of us to experience such a “transfiguration” within ourselves. Love that calls us beyond ourselves is transforming. In the transforming love of Christ, we can “transfigure” despair into hope, sadness into joy, anguish into healing, estrangement into community.
Sometimes a cross may be a particular burden, but our crosses can also be a strength or ability that we can use to bring Easter hope into the life of another. Discipleship is the challenge of transforming our crosses into vehicles of resurrection.
What crosses are we willing to take up, what sacrifices are we prepared to make, for the sake of the values and beliefs we hold dear? While we naturally seek to avoid what is painful and stressful, it is in failure that we learn; it is suffering that we find healing; it is in the crosses we take up that we re-create our lives in the joy and hope of the resurrection.
“The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness,
in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.”
St. Padre Pio
2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal Update
St. Finbarr St. Patrick St. Ignatius
Goal $8,305.00 $6,051.00 $9,802.00
Donors 23 18 40
Total Received YTD
$9,275 $8,195 $9,845
$ Needed to Reach Goal
+$970 $+2,144 +$43