Skip to comments.Pope: Christian endurance and Christís peace
Posted on 05/07/2013 3:35:33 AM PDT by markomalley
A Christian who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become whiners. Christians should endure their difficulties in silence, in patience to bear witness to the joy of Christ. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis homily Tuesday morning, during Mass with staff from the Fabric of St. Peter.
Commenting on the first reading of the day, Acts chapter 16, Pope Francis said even in troubling times, Christians are full of joy and never sad, like Paul and Silas who were persecuted and imprisoned for witnessing to the Gospel. They were joyful, he said, because they followed Jesus in on the path of his passion. A path the Lord travelled with patience:
"Being patient: that is the path that Jesus also teaches us Christians. Being patient ... This does not mean being sad. No, no, it's another thing! This means bearing, carrying the weight of difficulties, the weight of contradictions, the weight of tribulations on our shoulders. This Christian attitude of bearing up: of being patient. That which is described in the Bible by a Greek word, that is so complete, Hypomoné, in life bearing ever day tasks; contradictions; tribulations, all of this. These - Paul and Silas - bear their tribulations, endure the humiliation: Jesus bore them, he was patience. This is a process - allow me this word 'process' - a process of Christian maturity, through the path of patience. A process that takes some time, that you cannot undergo from one day to another: it evolves over a lifetime arriving at Christian maturity. It is like a good wine. "
The Pope recalled that so many martyrs were joyful, such as the martyrs of Nagasaki who helped each other, as they "waited for the moment of death." Pope Francis recalled it was of some martyrs that "they went to martyrdom" as if they were going to a "wedding party". This attitude of endurance, he added, is a Christians normal attitude, but it is not a masochistic attitude. It is an attitude that leads them "along the path of Jesus":
"When the difficulties arrive, so do temptations. For example, the complaint: 'Look what I have to deal with ... a complaint. And a Christian who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right? Silence in endurance, silence in patience. That silence of Jesus: Jesus in His Passion did not speak much, only two or three necessary words ... But it is not a sad silence: the silence of bearing the Cross is not a sad silence. It is painful, often very painful, but it is not sad. The heart is at peace. Paul and Silas were praying in peace. They were in pain, because then it is said that the jailer washed their wounds while they were in prison they had wounds - but endured in peace. This journey of endurance helps us deepen Christian peace, it makes us stronger in Jesus. " Thus, concluded Pope Francis, a Christian is called to endure their troubles just like Jesus, "without complaint, endure in peace." This patience, renews our youth and makes us younger".
"The patient is the one that, in the long run, is younger! Just think of those elderly people in the hospices, those who have endured so much in life: Look at their eyes, young eyes, they have a youthful spirit and a renewed youth. And the Lord invites us to this: to be rejuvenated Easter people on a journey of love, patience, enduring our tribulations and also - I would say putting up with one another. We must also do this with charity and love, because if I have to put up with you, I'm sure you will put up with me and in this way we will move forward on our journey on the path of Jesus. Let us ask the Lord for the grace of Christian endurance that gives us peace, this bearing things with a good heart, this joyful bearing to become younger and younger, like good wine: younger with this renewed Easter youth of the spirit. So be it. "
My 3.5 year old daughter has an audition today to be on a TV Christmas Special. :)
Congratulations! I hope it goes well.
Thank you very much. She found a four-leaf clover yesterday. That should help!
And a little prayer of course!
A little prayer going up!
I have a son a little older than that, but he’s not photogenic: too battered from trying to keep up with three older brothers!
I started her in my own field of expertise, being the subject of medical research. She was tested for brain patterns to different stimuli like music. It was for a very good cause to help sick babies but when I showed my wife this picture she freaked and refused to sign anymore papers. But really, my daughter was just a little confused about what we were strapping on her head. The next moment she was laughing and smiling, I should have taken a picture then but it was just a quick snap and then I put the camera back in my pocket.
Then my wife said she wanted to get her into modeling and TV but I know nothing about that so I set up a picture session of her in different outfits.
And I emailed them around to businesses but heard nothing. Then my wife took her for "pro shots" and the studio liked the pictures so much they offered them free if they could use them as their advertising.
My wife made friends with a make-up lady for a TV show and got our daughter dancing on TV with her dance class. She is the second one on the right (our right) from the show hostess, at the end she is sitting on the hostess's lap.
Now she is working for a talent agency and she has this audition and also will be in a toy catalog.
It's all nice. Not everyone is cut-out to be a test subject.
“Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19
What a doll! Nice-looking children are common, but children who can really interact with the camera and look their best are much less common.
I think this is one of the hardest things for me. I don’t suffer quietly and with patience. I get angry too easily when I feel wronged or slighted or overlooked and sometimes that causes me to lash out at the one I think is stealing my thunder.
One of my lenten prayers was for humility and patience. God has given me many chances to practice both and I have failed them miserably.
When it happens, I can usually say a prayer, offer it to God and get over it, but I just can’t seem to stop the initial feelings of anger.
I am working on it though.
There was only one small problem, when the lady asked Debbie if she could show her how she goes to sleep, Debbie laid down but refused to close her eyes. Which is not surprising to me because she always refuses to go to sleep and I eventually have to carry her to bed after she finally tips over in slumber.
Sleeping is the worst thing they could have asked Debbie to demonstrate - Aaarrgh!
Thank you for the sweet replies Tax-chick, your family is blessed! Here are some more pics to complete the collection:
Great photography - I love the backdrops of all the pictures. I’d like to get more pictures of my Kathleen (16 months) done, while she’s between face-plants, but they closed the studios at the Walmarts and I don’t know where I can afford anymore.
Best wishes for the Christmas program, and if this audition isn’t successful, there will be others that don’t require sleeping ;-). Little children do have to go to sleep for Christmas to work!