Intention: That all people will learn how to come together in generosity and trust to restore our nation’s spirit of community.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 17: 1-6
Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”
And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
How much easier it is for children to fall over some precipice, because they are weak in mind as well as 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 things concerning piety, and knowledge of the ordinary faults of young people. Thus they will be able to help them to 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 care 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, so that under the guidance of these attentive leaders, and under the protection of God, the devil does not even dare approach them.
Eternal Father, your Son taught us that one of the greatest sins was to lead others into sin. In our world, there are times when people, especially the young and vulnerable, are exploited and led into sinfulness by others. Strengthen us by your grace so that we not only are models of virtue to others, but also that we will stand with others against those who would seek to deceive or abuse them. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.