Intention: That we may be a people of life, speaking for the dignity and needs of all people, especially the poor, the oppressed, the exploited, the misunderstood, and the forgotten.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
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 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. May we face the difficulties and challenges of our lives with deep faith in your saving grace. Help us to remember that your presence is greater than any problem and, though our world may sometimes seem beyond hope, it will in time be transformed and redeemed by your love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.