Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Sept. 8, 2013

Reflection for Sept. 8, 2013

Discipleship: Giving up ourselves to gain Jesus Christ

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Our first reading from the book of Wisdom reminds us that it is not always easy to get things straight in our own minds. Our lives are full of uncertainties and of things too difficult to grasp. "Who can conceive what the Lord intends?"

Our choices in life often require deep discernment, more certainty before making a decision, asking ourselves "What does the Lord intend?"  Choice is at the heart of Jesus' words in our Gospel.

We are challenged by Jesus to make the choice to put him first, above all others, above our plans and above our possessions, allowing nothing to take the place of Jesus as the center of our lives. Part of that choice requires carrying our own cross, taking up whatever calls us to serve others and to follow Jesus. It means taking a realistic look at ourselves, our inner resources, our gifts. What we can share with others to make this uncertain world a better place?


About this series

Chapter 29, US Catholic Catechism for Adults

You shall not kill.
Fifth Commandment

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Human life originates in God's love and is held as sacred. We respect life at all stages and believe in the dignity and sacredness of each life. Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God (CCC 2319).

The Fifth Commandment forbids murder, abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, terrorism, violence and unjust wars that, in one way or another, threaten life. (p. 78, Study Guide). This commandment invites us to base our thoughts and actions on love and the desire to bring peace into our lives and our world.


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