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How Can I Respond to Grace

Dear sisters in Christ, I sit here frustrated and at a loss for words. Upon reading today’s readings I felt the tension in my neck and shoulders rise, my jaw clenched, my hands paralyzed by anger. It’s not much different from how I felt when I entered the confessional late this summer. I had avoided going out of anger and fear due to the recent revelations of the cancerous scandal infecting our beloved Church. In the quietness of the confessional, white knuckled and clutching onto the kneeler, I figuratively began flipping tables as I expressed how upset I was about clergy who have acted like the unfaithful steward.

“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more” (Luke 12:48).

My confessor pointed to Mary, the mother of God, who looked at the body of Christ, bloody and bruised because of sin. Even in her sorrow she served Him. Were her hands not covered in His precious blood when she held Him close? Mary, who was full of grace, responded accordingly.

What about me? Is my life a generous response to the grace I have been given? I cannot heal the whole Church, but I can respond and bless those who are nearest to me. Do I love well, and hold close the hearts who I come in contact with?

Sisters, join my in praying today’s psalm, which has been a light in the darkness:

“God indeed is my savior;

I am confident and unafraid.

My strength and my courage is the LORD,

and he has been my savior.

With joy you will draw water

at the fountain of salvation” (Isaiah 12:2-3).

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How can you love those nearest you, today? Jot down a list.

Jacqueline Skemp is a daughter, sister, wife, and mother who endures living in Minnesota after leaving California for her one true love. You can find out more about her here.

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    Mary
    October 24, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Thank you, Jacqueline. You are so right that we can get caught up in looking at others and not look at ourselves. We are each accountable to God for what we do and what we do not do, for how we use or so not use what God has entrusted us with. We answer to Him alone and are called to be lights in the world. May we live lives that are confident and unafraid, drawing courage and strength from Jesus, our Savior.

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    Maggie Velek
    October 24, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I love what you wrote. I’m so distraught over the church. I think they should purge the elders. I pray and read the daily scriptures but I can’t seem to step into church. I can’t seem to find my way back. I was on a wonderful journey the last 2 years.

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      Beth C
      October 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Maggie, don’t give up the hope that only comes from and through the Lord. Keep praying, reading Scripture, and working with Christ. He is the ultimate Healer. He also promises and gives us the Holy Spirit to take care of His Bride, the Church. It is doubtful that the parish priest at your parish has committed any of these heinous crimes. He is there to offer the sacraments, only through him and others ordained like him, can offer the sacraments. The Eucharist and Reconciliation are given to us for our own healing, to gain the grace necessary to fight the good fight. Don’t give up hope, Maggie.

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    Regina Long
    October 24, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Thank you! Just what my soul needed today:-)

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