Do you JOYFULLY help others? -Reflection by St. John Chrysostom

Today is the feast of St. John Chrysostom, the great preacher. Take a minute to reflect on his commentary about helping others in a spirit of joy:

“Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may stJohnchrysostomrecieve your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If,on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver.”

St. John Chrysostom, help us to fill our lives with joyful preaching, through word and example. Pray for us!

Confession: Reflections of Blessed Mother Teresa

“I must go to confession with love because I have an opportunity to make my soul clean, to become pure.”

“Confession is Jesus and I, and nobody else. Remember this for life.”

mother_teresa_“Don’t waste time on what happened before. If something is hurting you inside, preoccupying you, get it out, make a good confession.”

“It is a place where I allow Jesus to take away from me everything that divides, destroys.”

“Only to confession can we go as sinners with sin and come out as sinners without sin.”

-from Where There is Love, There is God

Have you taken the opportunity to experience the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent? If not, now is the time. Let us prepare ourselves for Christ’s glorious Resurrection at Easter by making penance for our sins throughout these 40 days.

Saint André Bessette

Brother André Bessette, founder of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Canada, was proclaimed a SaiSaint Andre Bassettent at the Vatican this past Sunday, October 17.

Check out this video reflection about Saint André Bessette by Father Thomas Rosica.

“It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most exquisitely beautiful pictures.” -Saint André Bessette