Thursday, April 16, 2009

From Pope Paul VI

Here's a quote from one of my heros and I assume Pope Benedict's as well:

Let us therefor preserve our fervor of spirit. Let us preserve the delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it is in tears that we must sow. May it mean for us - as it did for John the Baptist, for Peter and Paul, for the other apostles, and for the multitude of splendid evangelizers all through the Church's history - an interior enthusiasm that nobody and nothing can quench. May it be the great joy of our consecrated lives. And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the Good News not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ, and who are willing to risk their lives so that the kingdom may be proclaimed and the Church established in the midst of the world.

I have recently realized - Joy is a choice. Lord may I choose it to my death!

1 comment:

  1. Commenting on myself - this is so timely in light of all the talk of evangelical protestantism fizzling and Dobson's apparent admitting defeat in the culture wars. I put my life out there for you Lord, may You alone be my sustenance and peace!