The Pope & The Pastor
“Always remember that the Gospel has the power to change life! Do not forget this! That is the good news that transforms us only when we allow ourselves to be transformed by it.” – Pope Francis, Feb 1, 2015
The Gospel has changed many of our lives at St. Lambert Parish. However, it can be easy to forget these moments of grace. Maybe we encounter something challenging and lose sight of what was beautiful. It’s possible that we weren’t attentive to a gift or grace and so it easily slipped by. Yet, Pope Francis says, “Do not forget this!” How do we live with the memory of God’s miraculous work?
First, we acknowledge our weakness, our inability to remember, and pray for His help to not forget.
Second, at the end of the day ask the Holy Spirit to show you in prayer how He has been at work. Review the real circumstances of life and ask to see the Presence of Christ in all the ways possible. In conversation with God, you will begin to hear His voice and see His life coming forth in yours.
An additional way we become aware of what God is doing, is to live as a community. When we live with people, we discover Christ in the other person. We open ourselves to the surprising encounters He brings where “two or more are gathered”. We also hear and see how He works in others, and discover how He can work in us.
To live with others is essential Christianity. We can experience grace by opening our families, our friendships and our lives to others. If we do so with the Spirit of Christ and the freedom that comes with Christianity, we continue to see remarkable things. And we will remember the marvels the Lord has done!