Lent with Pope Francis
How is God inviting me to discover anew the gift that I am his beloved child?
Beloved child of God…This is an identity that is really dear to me and I have only come to explore it in the past few months.
At a conference last year, we actually had a session called Beloved and I learnt some interesting things. The following is a piece from my journal written on July 19th 2014
John 19:25-27 “…But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag′dalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”
At the foot of the cross, we see all the disciples fled…Only John remained. What made him stay, we might wonder? He was secured in the love of the Lord. The Lord has entrusted us to one another. It is only in the gospel of John that the disciple John is called ‘the beloved’. Why is this so? Because he is the writer. As far as he is concerned, he is loved by Jesus.
How do I want to be acknowledged?
Fehintola, the happy girl who is at peace and in love with Jesus Christ and is loved by Him in return.
It was John who called Himself the beloved. It is important for me to call myself the beloved.
Fehintola, the beloved!
P.S Written in March 2015
But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
♪♪Jesus loves me this I know♪♪…Even though I still have my moments of consolation and desolation, I am reminded constantly of the Love of God in my daily life…through my family, my friends, time spent in adoration and reading the scriptures, etc. The Lord loves me and he is to be trusted because He has proved his love for me time and time again. I don’t necessarily want to be acknowledged as the happy girl anymore, I prefer the term joyful. As Fr Pierre once said: “We need to surrender our very life to God. We need to invite Him, to give Him permission to take on Himself our sinfulness and to fill us with His power, with His love. Out of that, joy will come… Sometime joy bubbles over into excitement, and this can be good, but joy cannot be reduced to excitement.”
Help me dear God to see myself as I really am, a beloved daughter of yours.
Lent with the saints
We learnt about St John Vianney(the Curé d’Ars) and it reminded me of this beautiful prayer that he wrote:
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
Today’s action: Make plans to participate in your parish’s communal celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation, or go to individual confession at least once this season.
‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.’ – John 8:11
Still you love me Lord.
I am pretty sure that this was a statue of St John Vianney…I took this in St Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary.