“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Our Church canonized two popes on Divine Mercy Sunday: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Perhaps like many of you reading this, JP2 was pope for most of my life. I’m less familiar, on the other hand, with J23. About a year ago, I came across “The Daily Decalogue of Pope John XXIII.” The decalogue is ten pearls of wisdom, each one gorgeous in its simplicity, potency and truth. I’m trying to bring these into my daily life — my mom, for example, picks one to focus on each day. I love that idea!
Our present-day culture is starving for inspiration. Look at nearly any lifestyle magazine or website, and you’ll find endless tips from talk-show hosts, celebrities, financial consultants, etc. on how we can live our lives in a healthier/smarter/more organized/fill-in-the-blank way. I enjoy discovering new ways to do things just as much as the next person, but I am, on the other hand, a hard sell when it comes to taking advice at face value. I ask questions like “who is this coming from?”, “what’s their motivation?” A healthy form of skepticism, I hope.
But my bigger hope in asking these questions is to find the Truth. In today’s gospel Jesus says: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Where can I find Christ for sure? Well, gorgeous works given to us from popes and saints is a pretty awesome place to start.
—Kristin Dillon is a lay minister who participates in Charis Ministries programs. She lives in Chicago with her husband and seven-month-old son.
“Every believer in this world must be a spark of light, a core of love, life-giving leaven in the mass: and the more he is so, the more he will live, in his innermost depths, in communion with God”
—Pope John XXIII