UMA vaiaso, na auina mai ai e le Tama Paia ni patele fou e toʻa 29 na faauuina i le lalolagi e talosaga ia latou e "folafola ma molimau i le olioli." Ioe! E tatau ona faʻaauau pea ona tatou molimauina i isi le fiafia o le iloaina o Iesu.
Ae o le tele o Kerisiano latou te le o lagonaina le fiafia, ae tuʻu ai le molimau atu i ai. O le mea moni, o le toʻatele e tumu i le popole, popole, fefe, ma le lagona o le tuʻulafoaʻi a o televave le soifuaga, ua siisii i luga le tau o le soifuaga, ma ua latou vaʻaia foʻi tala fou o loʻo faʻataʻamilo mai ia latou. “E faapefea, ”O fesili ai nisi,“ e mafai ona ou oliʻoli? "
FAʻALELEIA E LE Fefe
I started a category of its own called “Maʻi le fefe” in the sidebar. The reason is that, while there are signs of hope in the world, reality tells us that there is a growing storm of darkness and evil, with the thunderhead of Sauaga beginning to tower. As an evangelist and father of eight children, I too must deal at times with my feelings as freedom of speech and true morality continue to disappear. But how?
The first thing is to realize the joy I speak of cannot be produced at will or conjured up. It is a peace and joy which comes from another realm:
Le filemu ou te tuua ia te oe; o loʻu manuia ou te avatu ai ia te oe. E le pei ona avatu e le lalolagi ou te avatu ai ia te oe. Aua le faʻavaivai o outou loto pe fefefe. (Ioane 14:27)
I can no more manufacture joy and peace than I can a heartbeat. My heart pumps blood all on its own. However, I mafai choose to stop breathing, to stop eating, or tragically, to throw myself off a cliff, and my heart will begin to falter, and even fail.
There are three things we must do in order for our spiritual hearts to be able to pump supernatural peace and joy into our lives—graces which can endure in even the greatest storms.
Prayer is our breath. If I stop praying, I stop breathing, and my spiritual heart begins to die.
O le tatalo o le ola lea o le loto fou. -Catechism o le Ekalesia Katolikoe, o le.2697
Have you ever lost your breath, or felt your heart skip a beat? The feeling is one of immediate panic and fear. The Christian who does not pray is one who is subject to fear. His thoughts are fixed upon the world rather than the things above, upon the tangible rather than the supernatural. Rather than seeking the kingdom, he begins to seek the material—those things which produce temporal and false peace and joy (he is anxious to seek them, then anxious about losing them once they are in his possession.)
The obedient heart is connected to the Vine, who is Christ. Through prayer, the sap of the Holy Spirit begins to flow, and I, the branch, begin to experience the fruit of peace and joy which Christ alone gives.
Poʻo ai lava e tumau ia te aʻu ma aʻu ia te ia o le a fua tele, aua a aunoa ma aʻu e leai se mea e te mafaia. (Ioane 15: 5)
A condition to receive these graces in prayer, however, is humility and trust. For the Kingdom of God is given only to “children”: those who surrender to God in their trials and weaknesses, trusting in His mercy and depending entirely upon the timing of His solutions.
SACRAMENTAL LIFE: “BREAD OF THE STRONG”
Another way in which the spiritual heart begins to fail is by not “eating”—by cutting oneself off from the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, or by not preparing properly to receive the Lord’s Body and Blood.
On receiving Holy Communion with a divided heart, Jesus said to St. Faustina:
Afai e i ai seisi i se fatu faapena, e le mafai ona ou taliaina ma vave ona tuua lena fatu, aveina ma aʻu meaalofa uma ma agalelei ua ou saunia mo le agaga. Ma e le iloa e le agaga loʻu alu. Ina ua mavae sina taimi, o le gaogao ma le le fiafia i totonu o le a oo mai i le [agaga] mafaufau. -Faʻamaumauga a St. Faustina, Le. 1638
Your heart is like a bowl. If you approach the Eucharist with your heart turned upward, open, and ready to receive, Jesus will fill it with many graces. But if you do not believe that He is there or are preoccupied with other things, it is like your heart is upside-down… and all the blessings He would have given you roll off the heart like water off an upside-down bowl.
Furthermore, if a soul is immersed in serious and unforgiven sin, the effects of receiving Jesus in this state can be more devastating than simply the loss of peace:
A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. (1 Cor 11:27)
Examining ourselves also means forgiving those who have injured us. If you do not forgive others, Jesus says, neither will you be forgiven (Matt 6:15).
Many are the Catholics I know who can testify to the incredible peace which fills their souls after receiving the Holy Eucharist, or spending time with Jesus in Adoration. It is why souls such as the Servant of God, Catherine Doherty, who would say, “I live from Mass to Mass!"
Holy Communion assures me that I will win the victory; and so it is. I fear the day when I do not receive Holy Communion. This Bread of the Strong gives me all the strength I need to carry on my mission and the courage to do whatever the Lord asks of me. The courage and strength that are in me are not of me, but of Him who lives in me–it is the Eucharist. -Faʻamaumauga a St. Faustina, n. 91 (check 1037)
HAPPY THE MAN
Happy the man whose conscience does not reproach him, who has not lost hope. —Sirach 14:2
Sin is akin to inducing a spiritual heart attack. Mortal sin is like jumping off a cliff, bringing death to the spiritual life.
Ua ou tusi i se isi mea about the incredible graces that God gives to us in sacramental Confession. It is the embrace and kiss of the Father to the prodigal son or daughter who returns to Him. faisoʻo Confession is an antidote to fear, for “fear has to do with punishment” (1 Jn 4:18). Pope John Paul II as well as St. Pio recommended i vaiaso taitasi taʻutaʻu atu
Jesus is demanding because He wishes our happiness. — POPE IOANE PAULO II
TO THE SCRUPULOUS
A word of encouragement to those struggling with scrupulosity: frequent Confession should not be thought of as the need to be perfect at each moment. Can you really be perfect? Oe te lē be perfect until you are in Heaven, and only God can make you thus. Rather, the Sacrament of R econciliation is given in order to heal the wounds of sin and help you tupu in perfection. You are loved, even when you sin! But because He loves you, He wants to help you conquer and destroy the power of sin in your life.
Do not let your imperfection be a cause of discouragement. Rather, it is an opportunity to become smaller and smaller, more and more like a child dependent upon God: “blessed are the poor.” Scripture says He exalts not the perfect, but the humble. Furthermore, these venial sins which you battle with do not separate you from Christ.
Venial sin does not deprive the sinner of sanctifying grace, friendship with God, charity, and consequently eternal happiness. -Catechism o le Ekalesia Katoliko, Le. 1863
Have confidence then in His love, and inner joy and peace will be yours without having to run to the confessional everytime you commit a venial sin (see n. 1458 in the Catechism.) He is injured more by your lack of trust in His mercy than by your weakness. It is through this acceptance of both your frailty ma His mercy which produces a molimau. And it is by the word of your testimony that Satan is conquered (see Rev 12:11).
Happy the man whose conscience does not accuse him. For the New Testament believer, this happiness does not necessarily belong to me only because I have found no sin on my conscience. Rather, it means that when I do sin, I can have confidence that Jesus does not condemn me (John 3:17; 8:11), and that through Him, I can be forgiven and toe amata.
This does not mean we have a license to keep sinning! True happiness is found in salamo which means not only confessing sin, but doing all that Christ commanded us to do.
Little children, let us love in deed and truth and not merely talk about it. This is our way of knowing we are committed to the truth and are at peace before him… (1 Jn 3:18-19)
Yes, the will of God is our food, le tiute ole taimi tatou filemu. Do you wish to be joyful?
Afai e te tausi aʻu poloaʻiga, o le a e tumau pea i loʻu alofa ... Ua ou taʻu atu ia te oe lenei mea ina ia i ai loʻu olioli ia te oe ma ia atoatoa ai lou fiafia. (Ioane 15: 10-11)
E le mafai e le tagata ona mauaina le fiafia moni lea e naunau i ai lona malosi atoa, seʻi vagana ua ia tausia tulafono na tusia e le Atua Silisili Ese i lona lava natura. —POPE PAULO VI, Humanae Vitae, Faʻafiafiaga, n. 31; Iulai 25th, 1968
THE COMING EXPLOSION OF JOY
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is “love, joy, peace…” (Gal 5:22). In the Coming Pentecost, for those souls who have been waiting with Mary in the upper room of prayer and repentance, there will be an explosion of grace in their souls. For those who are afraid of persecution and the coming trials which seem imminent, I am certain that these fears will dissolve in the fire of the Holy Spirit. Those who are preparing their souls nei in prayer, the Sacraments, and deeds of love, will experience a multiplication of the graces they are already receiving. The joy, love, peace and power which God will pour into their hearts will more than conquer their enemies.
Where Christ is preached with the power of the Holy Spirit and He is accepted with an open soul, society, though it be full of problems, becomes a “city of joy”. —POPE FAAMATALAGA XVI, Faleomasani during ordination of 29 priests; Vatican City, April 29th, 2008; ZENIT News Agency
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Rom 5:5)
When love has entirely cast out fear, and fear has been transformed into love, then the unity brought us by our Savior will be fully realized… —St. Gregory of Nyssa, bishop, Homily on the Song of Songs; Liturgy of the Hours, Vol II, pg. 957
Muamua lomia May 7th, 2008
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