St. Clare of Assisi
Let Go and Let God
Let Go and Let God
He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them." (Luke 9:3-5)
Jesus, after giving the Apostles instructions, He sent them to surrounding villages to drive out demons, heal the sick and preach God’s kingdom to any and all who would listen. Jesus told them to rely on God’s providence rather than their own resources. Living in a world filled with material and intellectual resources, trust in God’s divine providence can be difficult unless we learn to see the present of God in all things, for “In him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28) St. Vincent de Paul said “give yourselves sincerely to God on going to bed in the evening, asking Him for the strength to overcome yourselves in the morning and to obey His voice without delay. (St. Vincent de Paul) Once we have learned how to overcome our own greed and material desire, then we are truly free to let God to lead us. “Let go and Let God.”
The following are Thomas Jefferson’s “canons” which still hold valuable goals for those who want to live a life of perseverance, moderation, patience and respect.
1.Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.
2. Never trouble another with what you can do yourself
3. Never spend your money before you have it
4. Never buy a thing you do not want because it is cheap.
5. Take care of your cents. Dollars will take care of themselves.
6. Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold,
7. We never repent of eating too little.
8. Nothing is troublesome that one does willingly.
9. When angry, count to ten before you speak, if very angry, count to one hundred.
Today, pick the hardest goal for you/your family/your office and pray for strength to meet it. Try to fulfill your duties the best you can and for God alone and always remain happy and serene in all the tribulations of life. Tomorrow, pick another one and do the same. We have to learn to detach ourselves a little, trust in God alone, and do God’s holy will with joy. Imagine you are placed in the Hands of God and to do whatever He wishes.
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:37AM