Make Greater Progress

    Today’s first reading from 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 spoke of making greater progress and the Gospel spoke of the parable of the Wise Virgins. The following is a prayerful homily given today by our Msgr Bernard Powers on just how we as consecrated women can make greater progress in holy wisdom.

    Make greater progress in prayer
             by total abandonment to God
             and humble surrender to the Holy Spirit

    Make greater progress in silence
             by greater control of the inner faculties,
             the intellect, the memory, the imagination

    Make greater progress in holiness
             by being more like Christ in all you do
             and all that you say

    Make greater progress in community living
             by greater self-giving service…
             be victims of love

    Make greater progress in living the Passion
             by a greater fidelity to God’s will
             in the pattern of the day

    Make greater progress in the interior journey
             by greater desire
             for union with God

    Make greater progress in recollection
             by selective reading…
             by disciplined reading

    Make greater progress in loving
             through hospitality,
             that is, the readiness to be interrupted

    Make greater progress in loving Jesus in the Eucharist
             by frequent spiritual communions
             throughout the day

    Make greater progress in your love for the Virgin Mary
             by inviting her into your sufferings
             and your hunger for God

    Make greater progress in celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours
             by fuller union with Jesus

    The wise virgin is she who strives to make progress
             in all that pertains to greater love.

 

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