Jesus Poses the Toughest of Challenges

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SEPT. 11, 2014 —┬áDid you happen to catch today's Gospel reading? It was Luke 6:27-38.

"... To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ...

Clearly, the Holy Spirit is at work.

Father Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, said the votive Mass for our nation on the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The Mass was held in the oratory of the Marian Helpers Center in Stockbridge, Mass.

Here's what he had to say:

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thank you for your homily - Sep 11, 2014

that is a crucial thing to understand -- that we can go ahead and be forgiving despite having trouble forgetting how we were honestly hurt. Thanks for the encouragement about the need to forgive. And by the way, Eden Hill is like a place "where the streets have no name" -- well, at least not in writing the address to your shrine on an envelope, but maybe if visitors walk there they can find street names? I don't know! hehe.

"Faustina proves she will not forget us" - Sep 11, 2014

Plus, as the other article of today indicates, to NOT forget has spiritual benefits to the ones being prayed for by the one remembering :) if we forget, how will we remember someone needs our prayers? We have to remember at least for the sake of not forgetting to pray for them :D However, we don't have to be obsessed with bitterness and resentment... Sr. Faustina many times shared stories in her Diary in which she explained something negative that took place, for our sake, so we would learn a lesson about how to/ how not to treat someone. She remembered enough to write it down. That doesn't mean we should go out of our way to spread words about others' problems or tell everyone about how we've been hurt, if it won't help -- if remembering helps people to avoid being hurt, if it protects the innocent and people of good-will, if remembering is how we defend what is true and right, then we have to remember something. We remember the lives of the saints who were transformed by Christ, including the good, the bad, and the ugly things that happened. I'd like to forget my past sins, but like the Divine Office says, "my sins are always before me"...our memory humbles us...maybe creating a kind of hunger -- to change into who God is calling us to be. Jesus forgave us from the Cross, without forgetting us. Where would we be if he forgot us? He keeps us in being because he remembers each of us, and knew us from the Cross. Praised be Jesus, now and forever!