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Monday, November 19, 2012

Letters of hope and consolation #17

You are a beggar before God.  There is nothing you can truly call your own.  Everything is a gift from God and everything comes from him.

However, not all beggars are alike.  Some are childlike, obsessed with their own needs and anxiously try to prolong their existence and fulfill their desires as much as possible.  They demand things from God in a timely fashion and if their prayer is not heard according to their will they do whatever is necessary to make sure their needs are accomplished. Another type of beggar is one who is humble, sincere and has realized their own helplessness and in humility has turned outside of himself for the answers and for the help he needs for his life.  His “nothingness” has not led him to despair but to hope in a loving and merciful God.

Which kind of beggar are you?

If your brokenness, sins, mistakes, regrets and fears do not make you more humble than you will remain like the beggar who is never satisfied and who is always anxious and afraid.  Yet if in your poverty you can turn to God, honest about yourself and your life, you will experience the hand of a loving Father in your life.  He will change the rags that you have acquired as a beggar and will clothe you in the new and beautiful garments of the children of God.


God bless you,

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