May you have more and more grace and peace as you come to know our Lord more and more.
– 2 Peter 1:2
By His divine power, our Lord has given us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, bringing us to know God Himself… In making these gifts, He has given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come, and through these gifts, we will be able to share His divine nature and to escape corruption in a world that is sunk in vice.
But, to attain this, we ourselves will have to do our utmost…and add goodness to the faith that we have; understanding to our goodness; self-control to our understanding; patience to our self-control; true devotion to our patience; kindness towards our fellow men to our devotion; and to this kindness we must add love.
[Today’s reflection is a paraphrasing of 2 Peter 1:3-7]
“…life begins and ends with those two qualities – Faith is the beginning, and love is the end; and the two together lead to God.” – St. Ignatius of Antioch
“…you must not build upon foundations of prayer and contemplation alone, for, unless you strive after the virtues and practice them, you will never grow to be more than dwarfs. God grant that nothing worse than this may happen – for, as you know, anyone who fails to go forward begins to go back” – St. Teresa of Avila
Come Holy Spirit,
give me an unswerving faith
and fill me with love for my Maker
and for my neighbour and all of creation.
Give me the strength and determination I need
to follow the right path
which will lead me to my Lord Jesus Christ
and to share in His divine nature in His heavenly Kingdom.
Forever and ever. Amen.