Two Forces in Life

12 11 2012

Do you dream of happiness? This is my favorite quote of Pope John Paul II on happiness and the yearning of the heart.

“It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fulness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. 

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves to humbly and patiently, to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”

Blessed John Paul II
Prayer Vigil, Aug 19, 2000 Rome

What is the driving force in your life? Why do you choose the lifestyle in which you choose? Jesus mentions in the Bible of the two forces at work in our lives. The power of temptation to do evil and the power of faith to overcome our weaknesses and difficulties that prevent us from loving God and our neighbor. This makes perfect sense. I learned that Jews held that is was an unforgivable sin to teach another to sin. He or she may in turn teach another, and that train may go on until the end of time. How many times have we seen our friends make the same stupid mistake over and over again until they eventually come to you with wailing help cry? We can be examples to them by calling them out and being an advocate for the truth and they may not accept it at first but hopefully the one thing you may have said to them might change their ways down the road. For faith moves mountains, as Jesus says in Matthew 17:20. We can only speak the truth to our friends and be examples to them. This may ask us to step out of comfort zone and be persecuted but we can’t back down because of our calling to be witness to the faith. Anyone can have a life where they go about just taking care of themselves and not caring of what goes on outside of their home. We all know however these people have cold hearts and superficial happiness. For true happiness is rooted in sacrificial love and that can be only found on a crucifix.

 

 

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