Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stand firm in faith

In these days of the celebration of the WYD, now with His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI among us, I would like to make a reflection about its deep meaning.
We, christians, are living hard times, we are bullied, insulted and persecuted in many places of the world, just to follow That who is the way, the truth and the life.
That is why it´s so important  and hopeful to see so many young people who aren´t afraid of being catholics, of declaring their faith, who carry inside of them the real happiness, that of God´s children. They are our future and our hope, they show us that a better world is possible, that there are still people who work to bring the Kingdom of God to our poor Earth.
Saint Paul told us in his letter to the Ephesians how we must behave in these times:

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.
Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.
For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.
Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.
So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones.
Ephesians 6, 10-18

Links suggested:
The pencil of God
Christian life according to a saint
Ninety nine balloons

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