In order to prepare our hearts for the World Meeting of Families and the anticipated visit from Pope Francis to the United States, we as a team are reflecting on a catechism on family life entitled, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. Each week we will reflect on one chapter from this catechism. You can learn more about the World Meeting of Families at WorldMeeting2015.org.
WEEK 7: Light in a Dark World – Reflection by: Tyler DiBernardo
“Never ever put them down, you just raise your arms higher, raise ‘em till your arms tired, let ‘em know you here, That you struggling, surviving, you gon’ persevere” were the words playing through my car stereo as I drove down Pacific Coast Highway. These were words from a secular song that resounded in my mind as I allowed God’s whisper to echo through them. I then continued to ask myself in that moment, do I rejoice with the Lord when I am surrounded by darkness? Do I trust that with Jesus I can persevere, and during the struggle of perseverance praise Him at the same time? Something I do know is that we are on His mind, and have been; even further He has called us to dwell in his saving light, but we are also called to be an instrument of his light to all the people of the world.
Brothers and Sisters, we currently live in a world where many settle for laziness and we are dying from a lack of authenticity. Pope Francis has said that it seems as though, “there are Christians whose lives seem like Lent with no Easter.” And in my humble opinion Pope Francis is right, in today’s day and age the majority of the population, including some Catholics, are apt to focusing on all the decay that is going on in the world; the rising debt crisis, the fight against the silent genocide that is abortion, redeeming the sanctity of marriage, and we forget to remember that there is a hope, a joy, a light in the world. We need to constantly remind ourselves that Christ has risen and established His Church to continue to be the light that the world needs and deserves. We have been called by Christ to be lights of the world throughout the turmoil at hand. Just as when Christ lived on earth, he commanded his followers to preach the joy of the Gospel. Within ourselves we carry the light of Christ, it is our primary vocation as sons and daughters of the Father.
But amongst all of these problems in the world where do we begin? What do we do to be the light of the world? It starts with the family, we must show our love for Jesus to them first. We need to set an example for the other families of the world. Focus on the Holy Family, ask them to intercede into your own. What better role models could we have asked for other than those who taught Jesus themselves. There will be dark times ahead, there is no mistake there. But we mustn’t be afraid, for we carry His light and love within us. We must entrust all our worries and doubts to God the Father, Jesus, St. Joseph, and Mary. They will shape us into who we need to be and use us as instruments of light and peace where ever we may be needed, we must only accept our call. We are in a world that is in dire need, a need for saints walking the earth, and saints are truly the great men and women proclaiming the gospel and being the light of the world. Christ has called us to mission, to be fishers of men and it is up to us to take up that call.
Remember: God is here, the Kingdom is at hand, repent and believe in the Gospel.
Tyler DiBernardo is a Junior currently at the University of Oregon, where he majors in Applied Business, Economics, and Society. Tyler recently dedicated six weeks serving as a missionary at Camp Covecrest for LifeTeen this past summer.
Tyler’s favorite My Saint My Hero piece is the Miraculous Mary Blessing Bracelet.
Read More –
Week 8 A Home for the Wounded Heart
Week 6 All Love Bears Fruit
Week 5 Creating the Future
Week 4 Two Become One
Week 2 The Mission of Love
Week 1 Created for Joy