From Saint and Thought For Every Day,
by Blessed James Alberione
Redemption Through His Blood
May God be blessed! How good He is! Men are not like God. Generally, men remember evil more than they remember good. But the Lord is goodness itself. In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul stresses very much this thought: that the glory of God lies in the very fact that He showed goodness towards us when He gave us His Son, and that His Son is glorified in giving us His blood in the redemption. And this means: trust in God, go ahead serenely!
From A Year With Blessed James Alberione,
Compiled by J. Maurus
A two-fold story
If Fr. Alberione were to recall some of his memories which you think would be useful for the Pauline Family, he would narrate a two-fold story: the story of Divine Mercies and sing a lovely Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men.
But he would also tell a humbling story of lack of correspondence to the abundance of divine charity, and he would compose a fresh and sorrowful Miserere for the numberless negligences, sins, and offenses.
Daily in his converstation with Jesus, he meditated and grieved over the various aspects of the second story considering it part by part, hoping to obtain pardon for them through the intercession of Mary and St. Paul.
What Strikes Me Most Today
OK, I have to be honest and admit that I had to do some homework on this one, especially the "lack of correspondence to the abundance of divine charity." After much googling and reading, I saw this from the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2093: "Faith in God's love encompasses the call and the obligation to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first commandment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for him and because of him."
So what did Blessed Alberione mean by his lack of correspondence? 2094 goes on to describe various ways one can sin against God's love, or divine charity. They are:
- acedia or spiritual sloth
- hatred of God
I really could not imagine any of these applying to Blessed Alberione, but then I read more what each means. For example, lukewarmness can mean "hesitation or negligence in responding to (or corresponding with) divine love (or charity); it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of charity.
I think I get it now. After reading Blessed Alberione's biography, it is clear he felt personally responsible for each and every member of the Pauline Family. He was understandably worried about making sure they were physically and spiritually well, and able to meet life's daily needs. He was like a father to a tremendous number of people.
As a husband and father, I am constantly trying to anticipate the needs of my family. I am responsible for providing food and shelter and an education to my children. I have to admit my first thought is not that I should hope in God's abundant charity that all will be provided. I go to work to earn a living and support my family. I try to pray for our needs and thank God for all our blessings, and I try to teach my children to do the same. But I know well how easy it is to feel that all we have is a result of our hard work, rather than giving all thanks to God and trusting in His divine charity. I suspect any time Blessed Alberione felt that he was counting on his own ideas, thoughts, work, plans, or projects, he was somehow failing by not trusting totally and completely in divine charity alone. I know he was much better at giving all thanks and glory to God than I am. So I'll try to use Blessed Alberione's thoughts on this matter as a reminder for me to try to recognize that all in life is a gift of God's divine charity, and I'll continue to work hard to use these gifts from God to be the best husband and father to my family, who are God's greatest gifts on Earth to me!
The video I chose for today shows Blessed Alberione in an audience with Pope Paul VI. You can see the Pope return frequently to Blessed Alberione, thanking him for his contributions to the Catholic Church. And Blessed Alberione thought he had a lack of correspondence to the abundance of divine charity? Boy do I have a long way to go!
What strikes you most today?
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