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October 31, 2020

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ

Philippians 1: 18B-26

What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance. 

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.

For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 

Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

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.

Waiting to be with Christ

About once a week hospice patients ask why they are still alive. They are confined to their bed, completely dependent on others to even go to the bathroom. We meditate on Paul's words, "my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.” As a staff we tell them that they are teaching us how to die. We take home their advice to not take life and family for granted and to travel before health takes away the opportunity sooner than expected. As a staff we "benefit" from their life every day. What do you long for? Take 20 seconds to consider what the benefit is in this moment of waiting. Adam Mescher is a graduate of Marquette University High School and Marquette University and currently works as a hospice chaplain.  

Prayer

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have
Deliver me, Jesus.

From discouragement
Deliver me, Jesus.

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

That You are with me in my suffering
Jesus I trust in You.

That I am Your beloved one.
Jesus I trust in You.

—From the Litany of Trust, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, SV


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October 31, 2020

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ

Philippians 1: 18B-26

What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance. 

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.

For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 

Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

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.

Waiting to be with Christ

About once a week hospice patients ask why they are still alive. They are confined to their bed, completely dependent on others to even go to the bathroom. We meditate on Paul's words, "my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.” As a staff we tell them that they are teaching us how to die. We take home their advice to not take life and family for granted and to travel before health takes away the opportunity sooner than expected. As a staff we "benefit" from their life every day. What do you long for? Take 20 seconds to consider what the benefit is in this moment of waiting. Adam Mescher is a graduate of Marquette University High School and Marquette University and currently works as a hospice chaplain.  

Prayer

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have
Deliver me, Jesus.

From discouragement
Deliver me, Jesus.

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

That You are with me in my suffering
Jesus I trust in You.

That I am Your beloved one.
Jesus I trust in You.

—From the Litany of Trust, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, SV


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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