One for all, all for one (+german version)

Although the four musketeers were fighters of the world, fighting in unity against evil and against church hierarchy, there was a lot of sense in their motto, if correctly understood: One for all, all for one. Jesus is the One because He has already died for us, and He wants to build this unity in us all.

Where is our home, our fatherland? (+german version)

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (Jn 14:2-3)

On the fortieth day after His resurrection, Jesus ascends to heaven where He reserves a place for us. We need to realize that heaven is our home, our fatherland. For example, we can reflect on the following reality: We can see Christ on the Mount of Olives where He appears to the Apostles and to the Blessed Virgin. Jesus says to them: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:18-19) After that, He was taken up and angels appeared and said to them: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)

Forsake everything! (+german version)

Our programme is the words of Jesus: “Launch out into the deep!” “Forsake everything!” “Follow Me!” We should put the word “forsake” into practice every day. Forsake your pleasure or your plan and accept My (Jesus’) plan and will. This is always painful at the time but later on it becomes a source of knowledge, joy and new grace.

Jesus and I, together! Never more alone! (+german version)

Jesus loves you; He puts His trust in you. Never say that something is beyond your power. God always gives us the strength. Trust in God’s Word which says: “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Do not believe in the words of the devil who says: You can’t stick it any longer! These are the devil’s words, and the old self like a cunning fox full of pride is inclined to believe this nonsense and lies over and over again!

Each day has enough trouble of its own, but I need to give it to the Lord. Don’t let it worry me, and if I must carry it, so let me carry it together with Jesus – Jesus and I. Only one thing is needed: together – Jesus and you!!! Jesus and I, together! Never more alone! We need to try it in practice not just every day but a number of times a day. And not just for one or two days but until death. This is the miraculous remedy for everything: union with Jesus!!!

Let us live this day, this very moment, by faith (+german version)

Someone can say: “I will live a lukewarm life, which will not cost me much effort, and then I will go to purgatory.” But this is foolish. What costs pennies here on earth will cost thousands or millions in eternity. Only a fool would miss a chance to escape purgatory. We have a precious thing here on earth, which is called time. Let us redeem the time, transform it by faith. Let us do the works of faith in time. What is behind us, what is over, will return never more. What we have sown in faith remains forever. The future is not in our hands. We only have this day and this very moment – let us live it by faith.

God speaks to us…(+german version)

God speaks to us but the problem is that we are unable to hear Him. The problem is in our receiver. Our heart needs to be attuned to His voice. He wants to work through you, through your faith too. The weaker we are, the more trust we need to place in the Lord, because “when I am weak, then I am strong”. Jesus, I trust in You.

Do not indulge in self-pity but go to Jesus, cling to Him and learn from Him. He will give you true wisdom, He will give you strength, He is alive, He is here, and He loves you more than your parents or your children can love you. He loves you more than you love yourself.

Let us abide in Christ and His Word out of love for our neighbours too

The devil often uses sadness to break the relationships in the family or community! Sometimes, without meaning to, we focus our mind on a problem or begin to daydream and we do not realize that our face speaks louder than words (that is why people, when talking together, watch the face in order to sense what the other person means by his or her words). However, our face speaks even when our mouth is silent. Our thought, behind which is a certain spirit, becomes visible on our face – in our eye. That is why we should abide in and be filled with Christ and His Word at least out of love for our neighbours. Example: A negative emotional thought occurs in your mind in relation to your neighbour, which leads to self-pity or aversion. What to do? Immediately the exact opposite. Take the Word of God at once as a sword against the spirit which is behind this thought.

“Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you!”

One of the crucial statements is: “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you!” We can practise it until death. This is the Law and the Prophets (cf. Mat 7:12). You can write down concretely what you do not want others to do to you, and then stop and think if you do not do exactly the same to others, perhaps in a subtler form. How simple and topical for our everyday life! We only need to begin to see and practise it, and then the lived Gospel will do its blessed work.

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“For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”

Rom 6:6 (23/9/2018 – 7/10/2018)