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Epiphany of divine love

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He must have had a burning desire to do something meaningful in his life, to help others.
 
EPIPHANY OF DIVINE LOVE
 
He must have had a burning desire to do something meaningful in his life, to help others.   
 
Today is the feast of St. John Neumann, the first U.S. Bishop to be canonized a saint. He was born in Bohemia and immigrated penniless, at age 25 to become a missionary to the New World. He completed his theological studies, was ordained, and almost immediately became pastor of a territory in northern New York. When appointed Bishop of Philadelphia, he erected a large number of new parishes, and began the building of the Cathedral.  He so succeeded in attracting to the diocese a number of orders of teaching brothers and sisters that soon his parochial schools increased twentyfold.  St. John also found time to write two major catechisms, a bible history for children, and articles for newspapers and journals. John Neumann died on this day in 1860.
 
I couldn’t help but imagine while I was reflecting on the scripture’s this morning - what John Neumann must of felt when he immigrated from his country to the U.S., with no money, the uncertainty of going to a strange country, and especially not knowing anyone, - the feeling of being alone. Truly he trusted in God, knowing that somehow this was the right decision for him. He must have had a burning desire to do something meaningful in his life, to help others.  He truly loved neighbor, not knowing where God would be using him to help build his kingdom here in this world.
 
Jesus said to Philip, “Follow me.” St. John Neumann loved God and trusted in Him. St. John had fears just like we do today in our lives, but he was able to follow Jesus because was not afraid to cry out to Jesus for help when needed.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Our challenge today is for each of us to make the most out of our lives, make it a better place during this Christmas season, and to love each other as God loves each one of us. May you always have confidence in God.
 
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Từ khóa: Mt 1:1-12, gs2,

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