Saturday, November 4, 2017

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

In respect to the Gospel, they are enemies on your account; but in respect to election, they are beloved because of the patriarch. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

No matter our failures, our stubbornness in sin, and our indifference to good, God is always there waiting for us to return to Him. He gives us gifts of goods and graces in hopes that one day we will hear His call and answer Him. He will not take back the gifts He has given us nor the crosses He is asking us to take up in His name. It may take some of us longer than others to turn to faith and place our hope in God, but He is with us always, patient and loving. We are His beloved children, formed in the image of Christ, and He will not give up on us. We should consider this truth the next time we are tempted to sin or find ourselves in difficulties beyond our feeble strength. For although we might be sinners, God’s Divine Mercy endures forever.

What gifts has God given us? What is He calling us to do with them? How can we amend our lives in order to put our time, talents, and treasures to the use God intended?

O Lord, thank you for the gifts and callings you’ve given us.


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