Christmas Mass Times 2023

Search
Close this search box.

On Peace, Fr. Liebermann

Peace 2

Thank you to Mr. Paul Bevins, his adult volunteers and teens who made the most of their Summer Work Camp at Holy Trinity!  If you happen to notice the stained picnic tables, pergola and painted curbs, our teens did it.  They also collected food for the poor from our neighbors.

In the back of Fr. Jacques Philippe’s book, Searching For and Maintaining Peace, he includes a number of quotes from Fr. Francois Marie-Jacob Liebermann.  Fr. Liebermann was an atheist Jew who converted to Catholicism in the early 1800s.  He was ordained a priest and founded the Fathers of the Holy Spirit. The following quote I thought worth our consideration.  It is entitled, Living in the Present Instant.

Be docile and pliable in the hands of God.  You know what you must do to achieve this.  Keep yourself at peace and in complete repose, never become upset and never trouble yourself about anything, forget the past, live as though the future does not exist, live for Jesus in every moment that you are living, or, better, live as though you have no life in yourself, but allow Jesus to live in you at His leisure; to walk thus, in all circumstances and in all encounters, without fear or worry as is becoming the children of Jesus and Mary; never think of yourself voluntarily; abandon the care of your soul to Jesus alone, etc.  It is He who takes the soul by force; it belongs to Him.  It is therefore up to Him to take care of it because it is His property.  Do not fear so much the judgment of such a tender Master.  Generally speaking, banish all fear and replace this feeling with love; in all of this, act gently, sweetly, steadily, without haste, without anger.  Act as if you were dead when the need is there.  Walk in this fashion in all graciousness, abandonment and complete confidence.  The time of this exile will end Jesus will belong to us and we to Him.  Then each of our tribulations will be a crown of glory for us that we will place on the head of Jesus, because all glory is His alone.

God bless

FRVW