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The Foundation of Our Faith

Feb 13, 2019

The monastery and school this week find themselves under a heavy cloud. The events of last weekend, I’m sure, have struck at the hearts of all of you as well. All of this, when we haven’t found our way through the events of just a few months ago. Our hearts are filled with many emotions: sadness, anger, fear, confusion, and anxiety. We have disbelief and the words are sometimes hard to find to express our emotions. These events take a toll on us in different ways. They have an effect on our hearts and our emotions. But they also damage our own trust in the Church and her priests and ultimately in our own Faith.

In difficult times, whatever they may be, our faith can be tested and our hearts shaken and trust broken. But we as people of faith in particular at these times are called to support each other in our prayer and love for each other. I offer my support and prayers for you all in anyway these events have caused you suffering and pain. I’m here to help and listen to you. We offer our prayers for those most affected by these events.

We must always remember that our Faith is in what Saint Paul speaks about in the Second Reading for this Sunday’s Mass:

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.

These seemingly simple but powerful words are the foundation of our Faith. We believe as Christians, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and was raised on the third day. He did this out of a deep profound love for each of us, out of love to call us back to Him - back into His marvelous light. Our faith is not in people, institutions, laws themselves but in a person, Jesus Christ. I offer a part of a reflection by the Servant of God, Father Dolindo Rituolo, an Italian priest, for us to reflect on. His simple prayer is Jesus, you take over.

Why are you upset and agitated? Leave your cares to Me and all will be fine.
I tell you honestly, every act of true and blind reliance on Me, results in what you desire and will resolve all your difficulties.
Abandonment in Me does not mean being frustrated, becoming anxious and desperate,
offer Me your anxious prayer, that I may follow you and have your anxiety be a prayer.

Abandonment means to shut the eyes of your soul in peace, moving your thoughts away from your troubles,
and instead of thinking about your worries and pain, let Me take over your troubles.
Simply say: Jesus, You take over.

To be worried, restless, and to think of the consequences of an event is the opposite of reliance, it is really contrary to it.
It is like a child, who wants his mom to take care of his needs, but in the way he wants:
and with his whims and childish ideas he hampers her work.
Shut your eyes and go with the flow of My grace.

Do not ponder over your present moment and put away thoughts of your future as a temptation;
rest in Me, believe in My goodness and I swear on My Love, that if you think like this:
Jesus, You take over, I indeed will do it for you, I will comfort you, free you, and guide you.

God bless you and your family,
Father Aidan, OSB

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