Pastor's Corner Oct 1 2017

We know that St. Paul says clearly, 'No adulterer shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.' This sounds bad. But our Lord also says, 'Unless you turn and become like little children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.' The plain meaning of these texts is, being an adulterer is just as bad as 'not be-coming as a child'. Whoa. Let's get serious about both. What does it mean to become like a little child? One central characteristic is, of course, trust. The trust of a child for a father who is perfect: dutiful, kind and loving, merciful and just. Listen to the words of St. Therese of Lisieux: I know that the Lord is infinitely just and it is that justice--which terrifies so many souls--that is the reason for my joy and trust. Being just does not only mean exercising severity to punish the guilty, it also means recognizing upright intentions and rewarding virtue. I hope for as much from God's justice as from his mercy. It is because he is just that "he is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love ... for he knows our weakness, he remembers that we are dust ... As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities us," (Ps.103). Thank you for your support.

‚Äč[Quotation taken from: The Way of Trust and Love: A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux by Pere Jacques Philippe, Scepter Press, 2011].

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