Sometimes we feel that Fortitude is something only for the great Martyrs or Missionaries who carried the faith by the witness of their lives. But Fortitude is a gift we need to pray for daily, it is a great gift of the Holy Spirit. We need Fortitude; to speak the Truth, to live in truth, to give witness to my faith and love of God. It takes Fortitude to love when we feel like recoiling inside, to work at task until it is completed regardless of how I feel, or if I lost my enthusiasm. I takes Fortitude to wake up and try to talk through a problem, that only ended in an argument or tears the night before. It takes Fortitude to ask forgiveness, it takes Fortitude to keep 'walking forward' even though all I see is suffering in store for me, as in the first reading today. Does any of this sound familiar? or part of your daily life? What else can you add?
Let us Pray: Breathe in me O Holly Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy, act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy, draw my heart O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy, guard me then O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen
1st Rdg in the Mass today: Acts 20
"I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public, or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before god and to faith in our Lord Jesus. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am gong to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there, I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus" The Word of the Lord
Gospel of John 17
"I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do" The Gospel of the Lord
A point of reflection for today: What's the commonality here between the first reading and the Gospel? What does 'glorifying God 'look like' for us, as children of God? How did Paul do it? Why do we need Fortitude? What does Fortitude look like? In other words, practically speaking, where do I see, the gift of Fortitude needful this day in my life and did I beg God for this Gift of His Holy Spirit?