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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Letters of hope and consolation #10

You are living in a world that is slowly losing hope.  A world that is confused, anxious, afraid and likely to believe that each one of us is essentially alone.  It is a world that has become more violent, more self- obsessed and less likely to believe that life really has any meaning.  These thoughts cannot help but to tempt you as well since it is in the very air that you breathe.  All around you humanity is screaming out for something else, yet many people don’t know what they are searching for.

In these days being a Christian is equivalent to being a prophet, that is, one who has a message from God for his people.  What is that message?  It is the bold proclamation that Jesus Christ is the answer of every human heart and that because of him I can proclaim to the whole world that none of us are alone, that peace is greater than violence, that self giving is more rewarding than self-obsession and that life is worth living. 

There has probably never been a time when prophets are more needed than now.  Will you take up this challenge and proclaim to the world the life giving and liberating power that is found in Jesus Christ?  Or will you simply be content with living a mediocre Christian life and wasting the grace God has given you to proclaim his message?  One thing is for sure; God is calling you to be a prophet.  How will you respond?

God bless you,
Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
St. Felix Friary, Yonkers, NY

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