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FRIDAY OF SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER MAY 19, 2023


Cardinal Van Thuan




Gospel

"she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy"


REFLECTION


How we choose to live in the most difficult and painful moments of our lives will be the legacy we leave. God touches broken people and makes them whole again. We, at times, will be filled with fear, uncertainty, prodigal children, imprisonment for our beliefs, ostracism for our views, poor health, and deaths in our family


Francois Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận, was a Vietnamese cardinal in the Catholic Church. He was a nephew of South Vietnam's first president, Ngô Đình Diệm, and of Archbishop Ngô Đình. He endured brutal treatment and dehumanization. He is an example of a painful existence yet he was filled with joy.


In his book, The Road of Hope: A Gospel from Prison" he wrote, "If you are doing God’s work, how is it that you feel discouraged? The more difficult things become, the happier you should be, just as Peter and John were after they had been flogged: “They left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name” (Acts 5:41).


Be happy …

with those who love you; …

with those who hate you; …

when all is joyful and bright for you; …

when your heart suffers deeply; …

when everyone follows you; …

when you are alone and abandoned.


"Be happy always and lead everyone you meet to experience this same joy, even if you may often feel brokenhearted. To act in this way requires a greater holiness than all the fasting and acts of self-denial you can perform put together." (1)


God Bless You



(1) Văn Thuận Nguyễn, Phanxicô Xaviê . The Road of Hope: A Gospel from Prison .



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