|Fr. B:||"For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord." - 2 Tim. 1|
|Fr. B:||My homily will be short today, but I think it will get to the point rather well.........|
|Fr. B:||The ferry leaves at 10. Don't be late. And even if I have to crawl on my knees and my hands to get there, I'm going. End of homily.|
I always knew I liked Arizona over Texas, anyway.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole word.
I failed yet again two days ago.
Thanks be to God, I was able to go to confession the morning immediately after.
While I know that God has forgiven me and that I have been renewed by His mercy, I still can’t help but feel that I am unworthy of it.
I find difficulty in forgiving myself for giving into temptation.
I find difficulty in trying to erase the images that have been engrained in my memory.
I find difficulty in rising again.
And I think back to the movie of The Passion of the Christ and see myself as one of the soldiers who scourged Jesus relentlessly… As one of the soldiers who nailed Him to the cross… As one of the Pharisees who condemned Him to death.
And then I try to comprehend how much pain Jesus suffered out of love for me… That for each time I fall, each time I give into lust, and for each time I enclose myself into sin - He is scourged. He is nailed. He is condemned.
O Lord, forgive me of the times I crucify You through my words, thoughts, and actions. I am poor. I am weak. And I am nothing in the light of Your presence.
And yet, You love me just the same.
Grant me the grace to follow You more closely, forgive myself, and love you more above all.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.