April 8, 2014
TUESDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Numbers 21:4-9 * John 8:21-30
Our lives parallel those of the children of Israel in this reading. Once we have agreed to live as faithful Catholics, we set foot on the road toward holiness. However, we often become impatient with God. Although our hearts tell us that God knows best, our human brain is impatient. We may even become angry and complain to God, our Father, who loves us and never leaves us.
The lives of the saints show us how beautiful graces can blossom out of suffering. For example, St. Gemma Galgani suffered through her mother’s death at a young age. However, through her union with God, she was touched by a fire of extraordinary love. Our Blessed Mother had many sorrows, but in her love, she continues to care for us as our mother, and leads us closer to Jesus.
Let us aspire to hold a love in our hearts as strong at that of St. Gemma Galgani and our Blessed Mother Mary so that we may overcome, through God’s grace, all tribulations and obstacles, and fall into closer intimacy with our Creator.
- What tribulations has God sent me in the past? In the present? Do I willingly suffer through these obstacles out of love?
- How have I overcome these tribulations and what graces has God sent me in return?
Class of 2014
Major: Business Management
Future Plans: After graduation, I want to continue to learn outside of the classroom walls with a managerial marketing role in Dallas/Fort Worth. I am excited to set foot into my professional career as a disciple for Christ as a result of the spiritual formation I received at St. Mary’s.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.