Last week, my husband and I traveled with our two kids to the east coast to meet up with my side of the family. After a day or so of having fun exploring New York City, all 12 adults and 15 kids piled into a bus to attend the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, which concluded the World Meeting of Families.
I had a simple prayer intention for The Holy Father’s visit to the US last week. Like many others, I prayed that Pope Francis would be led by the Holy Spirit, and allow the Spirit to do His work through the events of the visit. So I was happy to read that, in the Pope’s final homily of the visit, the Holy Father reminded me that I am called to do just the same thing in my vocation:
Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil – a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work – will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation. Whatever the family, people, region, or religion to which they belong!
The joy of my family–the joy of all families– lies in showing that the Holy Spirit is “alive and at work.” As far as I can tell, the best way to do that is to actively seek and see the will of God in everything.
This, of course, is easier said than done. Thankfully, our God is a generous and loving Father, always waiting for us to turn to Him even after we stray from His commands. May we always seek to praise God in all that we do!
Would that all could be prophets of God’s word! Would that everyone could work miracles in the Lord’s name!
Here are a few pictures from our Papal Mass adventure:
All glory to God in everything!