Many people have found great solace and peace in praying the Serenity Prayer. It presents us with a simple, humble message, one that seems counter-cultural in today’s world. What can we learn from this well-known prayer?
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It is not difficult to see the beauty of the the birth of Christ in the sweet manger scene where the Infant is wrapped in swaddling clothes and adored by Mary and Joseph. Yet, in truth, we are not naive witnesses to this scene.
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I recently called a friend to ask for her prayers in a situation I was struggling with. A few weeks later I texted her to say that circumstances had improved, and she quickly texted back: “Be sure to thank God...He likes to be thanked!”
Some readers are intimidated by its apparent intensity. But Kempis knew the weakness of men and the resolve and perseverance necessary to reorder our lives for Christ. Though he wrote it for his brothers, who lived in community and withdrawn from the world, much of The Imitation of Christ is also applicable to us.
While my own love for the Mass has grown over time, I also know that I want that to be the case for my children, as well. I want them to love the Mass, too! This brings up a question: how do we pass this love along?