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To Do God’s Will

14 Mar

To Do God’s Will  

This is the third and final in a series of three  on achieving God’s will. Your comments will be appreciated.

Steps in Achieving God’s Will.

It seems clear that we need to be proactive disciples – disciples who want to do what Jesus did, to spread the news of the Father’s love, to make the Lord’s mission our own.

Here are a few thoughts you may want to consider. 

  • You are important to God. He brings you into the intimacy of his family, the Church. It is in and through the Church that you are called to the life of grace, to the Sacraments, to the Table of the Lord and to the Word of the Lord. It is in the Church that you are empowered and sent to live and share the love of God.
  • Make prayer and your Bible the foundation of each day.  Schedule a special non-negotiable daily appointment with God. It is a time to listen, to be open to what God wants you to be and do. Read your Bible. Join a responsible Bible study group.  The publications, “Magnificat,” “God’s Word Today” and “Shorter Christian Prayer,” are great aids in learning to live the Scriptures.
  • Be faithful to Sunday Mass. You gain strength and grace through the Eucharist. Reflect on the Mass – see how you are called into intimacy with Christ as he suffers, dies and rises again. Attend daily Mass as often as you can.
  • Plan to share your faith. Pray for the opportunity to tell others about your faith in God. You pray for family and friends, to be sure. But, you also pray for other people who need to know God’s love. God will help you recognize opportunities to call people to faith in Christ.
  • Get a copy of Pope Paul VI’s “On Evangelization of Peoples.” Read it and reread it. Mark it up. It’s full of inspiration and practical direction. It’s comparatively short and wonderfully to the point.

Committed Catholics choose to live as God wants them to live, to be disciples of Jesus who want to do what he did –  to bring the Father’s love to each and every person we meet. Tell them what the Lord has meant to you, how his passion and death have enriched your life. Tell them how the Holy Spirit has filled you with light, joy, wisdom and grace.  

Consider how Pope Benedict, in his apostolic letter, “Door of Faith,” announces the Year of Faith (October, 2012 to November, 2013). He challenges us all. He wrote:

“We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. … To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, are tasks that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year (No. 9).

“(F)aith implies public testimony and commitment. A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. This ‘standing with him’ points towards an understanding of the reasons for believing. Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes. The Church on the day of Pentecost demonstrates with utter clarity this public dimension of believing and proclaiming one’s faith fearlessly to every person. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness, making it frank and courageous” (No. 10).  (Author’s Note: See Acts, Chapter 2) .

 That seems perfectly clear, as indicated by Pope Paul VI in “On the Evangelization of Peoples” — if you are evangelized  you yourself evangelize (No. 24).

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