A Key to a Fuller Life

27 Oct

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I must recognize his power to create and sustain all things…

A very helpful  insight came, over a period of several weeks, as I prayed the psalms and prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours.

I’m bad about underling both in my breviary and my Bible. I also had made marginal notes in both.

In the psalms and prayers of the “Hours” (breviary), on various pages I have underlined two phrases which struck me as important: “a sacrifice of praise” and “a sacrifice of thanksgiving.”

One day, I put these two together, and saw a little bit better what Jesus did on the Cross. He was indeed “a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.”

He was a sacrifice of praise: Jesus, in his humanity, knew and loved God the Father. He knew so well the omnipotence of the Father. Jesus, in his humanity, gave his Father all he could give—even to his death on the Cross.

He was a sacrifice of thanksgiving: At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us Eucharist (a word rooted in the Greek word for thanksgiving). He took bread and wine and changed them into his Body and Blood, offering the eternal gift as food, the gift of salvation which would be fulfilled the next day on the Cross.

Jesus commanded us to follow and to take up our own crosses, to join him in his mission of salvation of all peoples.

So, I must become a living sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

I must recognize and praise God for his very Being that has no beginning and no end. I must acknowledge his power to create all things and all peoples, including me, and to sustain us all in life. I must see him in all of creation—the blue of a fall sky, the glorious change of colors in forests, the smile of a baby, the wisdom of the aged.

And I must be grateful. After all, if I acknowledge that all the wonders of the world are created and sustained by God, I will want to thank him for his great goodness. I will want to thank him for the gift of Jesus and the salvation he won for us. Also, I must experience deep gratitude for the Church, the Gospel and the Sacraments, especially for the Eucharist, in and through which we experience in real time the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus the Lord.

Then, another insight: When I thank God, am I not praising him? Are not praise and gratitude so closely connected that they actually become one movement of the faithful soul?

 

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3 Responses to “A Key to a Fuller Life”

  1. canatc1 October 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Love the picture!

  2. Frank Szachta November 19, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    Dear Henry: Your mission at St. Frances Cabrini parish in Parish, FL. came after my wife Nedra of 61 years of marriage had died in her sleep, on 22 June 2013. To me, your visit and talks was a very great mission, that inflated my heart deeply. Thanks you very much, for imparting such super love for Jesus in my heart at such a needed time in my life….With the love for Jesus in our hearts… God bless us all for your works…

    • Henry Libersat November 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Dear Frank,
      Thanks for your encouraging words. I remember that retreat/mission with great joy. Yours is a wonderful parish and I felt very much at home. In our sessions I found you to be a very faithful people. Let’s always remember one another in prayer.

      Deacon Henry

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