You know the story of the Prodigal Son in the Bible; would you like to see a video of the Prodigal Daughter in Asia?
The video captures the love that parents have for their children and how often the sons & daughters fail to see that love until nearly all is lost. In this Year of Mercy, we are reminded that all is not lost while we are still alive in this world. There is still time to repent and turn our hearts back to the Father who will always forgive us, no matter what we have done. It doesn’t matter how much we think we broke His heart. He is out searching for us, just like the mother in this video. The most beautiful reality? Unlike human parents, He never gets tired of looking for us:
Routine is often disguised as an ambition to do or to embark upon great feats, while daily duties are lazily neglected. When you see this beginning to happen, look at yourselves sincerely before our Lord: ask yourself if the reason why you may have become tired of always struggling on the same thing, is not simply that you were not seeking God; check if your faithful perseverance in work has not fallen off, caused by a lack of generosity and a spirit of sacrifice. It is then that your norms of piety, your little mortifications, your apostolic efforts that are not reapin an immediate harvest, all seem to be terribly sterile. We find ourselves empty, and perhaps we start dreaming up new plans merely to still the voice of our Heavenly Father, who asks us to be totally loyal to him. And with this dream or rather nightmare, of mighty wonders in our soul, we become oblivious to reality, forgetting the way that will lead us most certainly straight toward sanctity. It is a clear sign that we have lost our supernatural outlook, our conviction that we are tiny children, and our confidence that our Father will work wonders in us, if we begin again with humility.
Pope Francis will hold an ordinary public consistory of cardinals in the Vatican March 15, during which he will sign the decree for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata and four others. The dates and venue of their sainthood ceremony are expected to be declared at the consistory. Pope Francis had officially cleared Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood on Dec. 17, 2015, recognizing the miraculous healing through her intercession of a Brazilian man with multiple brain abscesses. Mother Teresa was conferred the title Blessed in Rome, Italy, on October 19, 2003, after Pope St. John Paul II recognized the miraculous healing of an Indian woman with a tumor in her abdomen.
I wonder if the recent martyrdom of four Missionaries of Charity nuns was a factor in this announcement. The Church sticking it to the devil: “You hurt my daughters, well… I’m sending Mother Teresa after you.”