Friday, November 7, 2014

Nov. 7, 2014 Friday: 31st Week in Ordinary A

1 John 2:15- 17: “... all that is in the world the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.”

“May Jesus always be your greatness and the world your contempt. The world believes it has already lost you; it no longer considers you to belong to it. We must always be careful not to let it gain us once again, because allowing yourself to be won over by this wretched world, which God has lost and will lose in eternity, would mean you would be totally lost. The world will . . . look upon you with honor when it sees you diligently preserving the rules of piety and devotion, a piety and devotion that is wise, earnest, strong, noble, and totally sweet."

“Always be resigned in all the misfortunes of this life. You know well that God reserves his children for a future life and that for the present he usually grants nothing to his chosen ones except the honor of tolerating a great deal and carrying their cross after him.”

-St. Pio of Pietrecina

Lord, by your grace I will not allow the world to win me back to its corrupt self. Help me to accept with joy the cross you offer me. Amen.