Idols blind us to love
When a person puts an object or a philosophy above God, it not only destroys happiness, it hinders the ability to experience real love. The temptation to turn things into false gods is something all people can fall prey to, whether religious or not. Often, idolatry can take the form of wanting to know the future, instead of relying on prayer and trust in the providence of God. The true God teaches us to live in the reality of every day, concretely, not with illusions about the future.
Faith is measured by one’s treatment of the poor
The love with which individuals and communities treat the poor, the weak, and the hungry, is the best measure of faith. Faced with the cry of hunger – all sorts of ‘hunger’ – of so many brothers and sisters in every part of the world, we cannot remain detached and calm spectators. The proclamation of Christ, bread of eternal life, requires a generous commitment of solidarity for the poor, the weak, the least important, the defenseless. This action of proximity and charity is the best verification of the quality of our faith, both on a personal level and on a community level.
Do you want to grow in love? Keep Jesus close
A Christian can stay on the right path to heaven, and grow in love for God and his neighbor, only by keeping close to Christ and his love. With Jesus at our side we can proceed with security, we can overcome trials, we progress in love for God and for our neighbor. To find the right orientation of life, everyone needs the truth – which is Christ – to guide and enlighten their path. Sometimes we fail to realize our projects, because an unexpected emergency occurs that messes up our programs and requires flexibility and availability to the needs of others.
Love is the heart of doctrine on family
The core of Amoris Laetitia is chapter four – How to live love in the family. The youth should read and talk about the chapter with each other, because there is a lot of strength to continue going forward and to transform family life. Love never ends and helps to learn how to love as God taught, you will be transforming something that is for all of eternity.
A good Catholic proclaims the Gospel
By virtue of their Baptism, every Catholic is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ – a mission which cannot be separated from the Catholic Church. It is truly our Baptism that makes us missionaries. The first necessary element of all authentic missionary discipleship is the “changeless center, which is Jesus”.
God sets us free
With the words “I am the Lord your God”, the Lord first identifies himself as our God, the God whose love sets us free from all that enslaves us. These words show that God’s “commands” are really an invitation to respond with gratitude to his saving love, a love disclosed fully in the coming of Jesus his Son.
Pope Francis says…..
◗ The Gospel invites Catholics to be available and industrious
◗ God’s commandments are part of his ongoing covenantal dialogue with his people
◗ We are called to pass from the letter of the Law to the freedom of the Spirit.
◗ Young people should not be “settled” in life, because being “settled” means one is at a standstill and “things don’t go forward.”
◗ Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God’