The Anawim Community


The Joy of the Gospel
February, 2014


Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, not only challenges us but shows us by his own example what it looks like to be on fire for the Gospel. We are challenged daily to live with the energy and zeal of putting flesh and bones on the Good News revealed to us by Jesus Christ.


In a book of prayers by Karl Rahner, S.J. we read the following:

“Only in love can I find you, my God. In love, the gates of my soul
spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and
forget my own petty self. In love, my whole being streams forth
out of rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion,
which make me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. In
love, all the powers of my soul flow out toward you, wanting
never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in
you, since by your love you are the inmost center of my heart,
closer to me than I am to myself.”

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of a beloved friend of forty-some years. As I sat in the church with her beautiful family and many, many friends I was reminded it is not so much what we have accomplished – it is much more how we have loved.

O Holy Spirit
Soul of my soul I adore you
Guide, enlighten, strengthen and console me.
Teach me how to love,
call me to do it!
I promise to be submissive to your most Holy Will.




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