Sister Leona Christa
by Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García
Please could you send 10 rosary beads, prayer books and pictures of Our Lady and Jesus, so I may sit and share with those afflicted with mental health issues, a sense of belonging and to feel the love of our lord Jesus come to them with prayer and faith, so they may be freed from their afflictions and become to understand how to pray with the rosary daily to keep their souls and lives filled with the strength of God.
I would be so grateful for your support and hope you can supply rosaries, prayer books, rosary guides and pictures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus to share amongst this small group of people.
God Bless you,
My Address is as follows:
Jesus proclaims Peter very fortunate for his rightful faith declaration: Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’. Jesus replied ‘It is well for you, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in heaven’ (Mt 16:16-17).
By this congratulation Jesus promises Peter the primacy of his Church; but, shortly after, He scolds Peter for having a very human and wrong idea of what the Messiah would do: Then Peter took him aside and began to reproach him, ‘Never, Lord! No, this must never happen to you’. But Jesus turned to him and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling
block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (Mt 16:22-23).
We have to be grateful to the evangelists for presenting us the first disciples of Jesus as they actually were: no idealized characters, but people of flesh and blood as ourselves, with their defects and virtues; which gets them closer to us and helps us to see that perfecting ourselves in Christian life is a certain path we all have to follow, for nobody is born knowing all the answers.
As we already know how history goes, let us accept Jesus Christ was the suffering Messiah prophet Isaiah announced who offered his life in the Cross. What is more difficult to accept is that we must keep on presenting his work by following the same path of surrendering, renunciation and sacrifice.
Imbued, as we appear to be, with a society that encourages quick success, learning without any effort and in a funny way, and achieving the maximum profit with the least possible strain, it should not surprise us we end up by seeing things more as people do than as God does. Once he received the Holy Spirit, Peter learned where the path he had to follow went through and he lived by this expectation.
“World tribulations are full of sadness and empty of any prizes; but those we suffer for God are softened by the hope of an eternal prize” – St. Ephraem.
- – - written by Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García (Barcelona, Spain)