Pearl 25: “I am never without something to offer to God.”

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No estar nunca sin tener algo que ofrecer a Dios.”

Actually, in the translation of Letter 26 in the English volume of the letters, given the context in which it was written, the phrase goes: “...I see that I cannot stay long without having some suffering to offer to the Lord...” because the creditors of Tolosa were after her. It is a letter that showed her concern for the sisters, but also not knowing how to solve the problem and asking the sisters to say a novena for that intention.

           Antonio Grau looks at his own life and offers us this reflection: This phrase is like saying that there are always reasons to be grateful. And at the same time dedicate all the moments of your life to serve ... or at least live in an attitude of service and offering. And from what little I know of our dear Mother Candida, I believe that they were a woman of whom it can be said that she always had a lot to offer God.

There is much to offer to God. From the simplest to the most fundamental and unique. From that first gesture when you get up until the last moment before sleep takes over.   And fundamentally I include my children, Marta and Samuel, each one different and special. These are two good reasons to offer my time and effort every day. In this case it would be better to say our effort...because ‘our’ includes Manolita, my wife, with whom I have the joy of sharing all these thoughts and feelings.

...what can I offer God today? And God, who sees what is hidden, will smile.

Reflection:

     When we were young, and especially if we come from Catholic schools, the Morning Offering should be very familiar.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day,

for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,

in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,

in reparation for my sins,

for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,

and in particular, for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

Remember?

And so, following the line of thought, we ask today:

What prayers have I offered – for myself, for others, for the world?

     What work have I offered up to the Lord?

     What joys have I been grateful for, and offered up happily and with a thankful heart?

     What sufferings have made me united with His Sacred Heart?