Intention: That our spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving this week may be a sign of faith to one another and to the world of God’s saving presence in human hearts and human history.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 21: 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat
You encounter so many obstacles to salvation in this life that it is impossible to avoid them if left up to you and your own guidance. This is why God has given you Guardian Angels to watch over you, as the Prophet says, to prevent you from falling by tripping against some stone, that is, some obstacle to your salvation. Your angels inspire you and help to keep you away from the path where you might encounter an obstacle.
How much easier it is for children to fall over some precipice, because they are weak in mind as well as in body and have little understanding of what is for their own good. Therefore, they need the light of watchful guides to lead them on the path of salvation, guides who have an adequate understanding of matters concerning piety and a knowledge of the ordinary faults of young people. Thus they will be able to help them be aware of pitfalls and keep away from them.
This is what God has provided in giving children teachers whom he has charged with this care and to whom he has given the concern and the vigilance not only to prevent anything whatsoever harmful to their salvation from capturing their hearts but also to guide the children through all the dangers they meet in the world. The result will be that the devil will not even dare approach them, because they are under the guidance of these attentive leaders and under the protection of God.
Eternal Father, there are times when our weaknesses and fears can cause us to lose sight of you. Grant us the grace to never doubt that your power is always at work in the midst of our lives. Help us to remember that your presence is greater than any problem and, though our world may sometimes seem on the verge of death, it will in time be transformed and renewed by your love. May we face the difficulties and challenges of our lives with deep faith and hope for the redemption of your people. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.