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Growing in hope

We all have situations in which we wish something were different but we are not in a position to change it by ourselves: our job, finances, health, relationships, etc. In these circumstances we can sometimes become discouraged. It is then that we need to grow in hope, to trust more in God. In this meditation we pray about this important virtue, drawing on Scripture, the Catechism, Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi  and St Josemaria’s book The Way to consider:

  • The nature of hope
  • How God is always with us and will give us what is best
  • How we should know that God is close to us especially when we are suffering
  • How we can grow in hope especially through prayer

God is my Father

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Our loving father God watches over us.

As we go through life with its darkness as well as its light, its turbulence as well as its calm, its suffering as well as its joys,  we find great consolation in the fact that watching over us and guiding us always is our loving Father God. In this meditation we use the writings of St Josemaria Escriva, Bonaventure Perquin and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to consider how:

  • Jesus has revealed to us that God is not just a far off creator of the universe but truly a loving Father
  • God reveals himself as our Father in many ways
  • The knowledge that God is our Father should move us to strive to become more like him
  • This knowledge leads us to trust in our Father God at all times, especially in suffering and difficulties

 

Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted

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Our holy mother, Mary, comforted our Lord at the foot of the cross.

In the Litany of Loreto we call Our Lady “Comforter of the afflicted”. With unspeakable love she comforted Jesus on the Cross at Calvary and she accompanies us in our afflictions. In this meditation we consider how:

  • Because of her freedom from sin Mary was able to love like no other
  • As prophesied by Simeon, Mary was destined to suffer much because she loved much
  • Mary suffered in her heart when Jesus was lost in the temple, at the wedding feast of Cana and especially at Calvary
  • Mary suffered intensely at Calvary, to the point where St Bernard calls her truly a martyr
  • The Sequence of the Mass of Our Lady of Sorrrows records this suffering in a moving way
  • As our mother, Mary loves us and comforts us in our afflictions

 

Meditation “Love for the cross”

The cross, in the sense of the trials and sufferings that life brings, is part and parcel of everyone’s life. But what many don’t realise is that these crosses can have great spiritual and human value if we accept them in the right spirit and learn to love them. In this meditation we consider how:

Meditation on suffering

Suffering is part and parcel of life on earth, yet it will always remain in some way a mystery. It is charged with value and meaning and indeed it can even be a blessing when it is received with the proper dispositions. This meditation deals with the blessing of suffering. Click on the icon below.