Many people look on death with dread, as the sad ending of it all. With Christian faith we look on it very differently, as our final journey home to eternal life with God. Our Lord has told us that he has gone ahead to prepare a room for us in the Father’s house (cf. John 14: 2-3). This is what awaits us if we live and die well. In this meditation we consider:
The Christian meaning of life and death
The many passages of the Bible that speak to us of our preparation for eternal life with God
The need to be prepared at every moment to meet Our Lord
The importance of storing up treasure in heaven, not on earth
Charity, as St Paul writes, is the greatest of the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13: 13) but it is also one of the hardest to live. A big help in being more kind and generous is to see Christ in everyone around us. In this meditation we consider how:
Christ taught us that whatever we do to the least of our brethren we do to him (cf. Mt 25:40).
Our Lord showed us by his example how to love others and he gave us the New Commandment to love others as he has loved us (John 13:34).
We love others because God first loved us (cf. 1 John 4:19).
Life can be like a jigsaw puzzle. With each of our actions we put another piece in place and at the end of our life we will see the finished picture, the beautiful work of art God intended for us or the discordant one we have made by our failings. In this meditation we consider:
Living our life well is creating a true work of art, practising the art of holiness.
God has a plan for each moment of our life and doing what he wants is putting one more piece of the puzzle in its proper place.
While each action can seem unimportant in itself, it is very important in the overall picture of our life.
If we make a wrong choice, the finished picture will lack the harmony and beauty God wants for us.
The dark pieces – sickness, hardship, setbacks – are part of the beauty of God’s design for us.
Only at the end of our life will we see the finished picture we have made by our daily actions.
A pearl was a sought after jewel in the time of Christ, hence considered of great value.
Our Lord uses many parables to explain the kingdom of God, among them that of the merchant who finds a pearl of great price and goes and sells all he owns to buy it. For us that pearl is our faith in God, the light that gives meaning to our existence, that shows us the way to happiness both here and hereafter. In this meditation we consider:
St Josemaria Escriva called himself a man who knew how to love. Indeed, his great love for God overflowed into love for his fellow man. We should all be people who know how to love. In this meditation we pray about how:
We are all called to love God because he loved us first
Only if we truly love God will we be able to love our fellow man
We can grow in love for God in the same way that St Josemaria did: by spending time with him in prayer in its various forms, in Mass and Holy Communion, reading of Scripture, spiritual reading, etc.
We love God with the same heart with which we love others
Our love for others should include our effort to help them draw closer to God
The Holy Spirit, also called the Paraclete, is the third person of the Holy Trinity. One of its more popular symbols is that of a dove.
When we were baptised we received along with sanctifying grace and the infused virtues the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Few people truly understand the important role of the Gifts in the spiritual life. In this meditation we consider:
The announcement of the gifts in the prophecy of Isaiah
The nature of the gifts and their relationship with the virtues
The role of the gifts
How we can use each of the Gifts to better advantage in our spiritual life