Sharing the Word for May 27, 2020
Although it involves sharing the joy of Jesus and the Father, Christian discipleship isn’t easy. Disciples are sent into a world that does not welcome or understand them.
Saint Augustine of Canterbury
Saint Augustine of Canterbury, a monk, was the first bishop of Canterbury. While he only labored for another eight years after establishing the diocese, his influence lives on. Part of his success, limited though it was, was due to his compassionate approach to the local peoples.
Trusting God No Matter What
Gianna Molla was a physician who loved her husband and children. When Gianna became pregnant again, she and Pietro agreed that she would stay home with the children after the baby’s birth. But at two months, Gianna was found to have a non-cancerous uterine tumor. The experts gave her three options: complete hysterectomy to remove the growth, which would also result in the baby’s death; removing the growth and terminating the pregnancy; or simply removing the tumor and continuing the pregnancy, knowing that complications could occur in the next seven months.
Extending Hospitality to All
“Charity enters heaven when humility opens the door.” —St. María Natividad Venegas de la Torre
Laser-Focused on the Lord
“My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God. God never violates our free will.” — St. Faustina Kowalska
Saint Anthony, Pray for Us
Anthony traveled tirelessly in both northern Italy and southern France—perhaps four hundred trips—choosing to enter the cities where the heretics were strongest. Yet the sermons he has left behind rarely show him taking direct issue with the heretics. Anthony preferred to present the grandeur of Christianity in positive ways. It was no good to prove people wrong.