First Papal Photograph
Joseph Nicephore Niepce was born on this day in1765 into a wealthy French family. He studied to become a priest and taught for awhile in the seminary. But after a stint in the military during the French Revolution he retired to Nice, married and became a politician.
Joseph and his older brother Claude were also inventors. The devised a motor for large boats and in 1816 constructed their first camera.
His first subject was a photo of Pope Pius VII.
Then Jesus returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open. He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again. Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, let us go. Look, my betrayer is at hand.(Mt. 26:44-46)
Accepting the Fathers will is not always an easy thing to do. Thats fairly obvious when we see the struggle of Jesus in Gethsemane. We also know from our own firsthand experience how difficult it can be.
Ever try to help a bird get out of your house? Youre trying to give it freedom, and it resists as though you were trying to harm it.
We all go through flashes of that.
Thy will be done is the path that gets us to true freedom and gets us ultimately where we really want to go, even though there may be some pain involved in getting there.
What in my life is the most difficult thing for me to accept?
Spend some quiet time with the Lord.