In today’s Refill:
Today is the feast of Bl. Miguel Pro, one of the martyrs of the Cristeros War in Mexico in the 1920s. Here’s a beautiful reflection he wrote just before he was arrested and executed:
“Does our life become from day to day more painful, more oppressive, more replete with afflictions? Blessed be He a thousand times who desires it so. If life be harder, love makes it also stronger, and only this love, grounded on suffering, can carry the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ. Love without egotism, without relying on self, but enkindling in the depth of the heart an ardent thirst to love and suffer for all those around us: a thirst that neither misfortune nor contempt can extinguish…
I believe, O Lord; but strengthen my faith… Heart of Jesus, I love Thee; but increase my love. Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee; but give greater vigor to my confidence. Heart of Jesus, I give my heart to Thee; but so enclose it in Thee that it may never be separated from Thee. Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine; but take care of my promise so that I may be able to put it in practice even unto the complete sacrifice of my life.”
Hear the third part of our series of Flavor of the Week with Fr. Eric Burgener from St. Vincent de Paul parish in Fort Wayne. This time Father is continuing to share his experiences serving the sick and dying in the hospital during the pandemic.
Then an episode of the Messy Family Podcast from a couple years ago to get us ready for the holidays. Mike and Alicia share their advice for handling some of the stresses and tensions that come from the season and extra time with family. Great advice even if our holiday is going to look different this week.