Thursday, August 25, 2011

Charity Keeps You Awake

In today's Gospel,

Jesus said to his disciples: "Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

Here is my homily for today:

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Doing all-night vigils in front of the Blessed Sacrament, the actual physical act of staying awake with Jesus, teaches us a spiritual long-term lesson for our lives and vocations: Charity keeps you awake. It is divine charity that animates and enlivens all man's faculties, for he was made to be in the divine presence for all eternity and this is the presence of eternal and perfect charity. Therefore, what is most important is that we keep watch over the things which diminish the life of divine charity in our souls, those venial faults, unkindness, uncharity, impatience, etc. Also to make very fervent and frequent holy communion to stoke the fires of charity. May Our Lady, Mother of Divine Charity, help us to be on fire with the love of God.

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