Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Feast of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
Good morning. Like the Pearl in the parable from today’s Gospel the Kingdom of God should be our ultimate goal in life. “Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” It should be likewise with our marriage, it should be prized above everything else in our lives, placing it and its welfare at the center of everything we do. Unfortunately, as John Steinbeck notes in the novel The Pearl , “humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more.” If, however, we recognize in our marriage we have a pearl, if we know to put our marriage first, our lives have value beyond the most precious pearl. Like Saint Alphonsus, whose life we honor today, let us strive to recognize that there is far greater treasure than the pleasures of the world. Are we willing to give up everything to possess it? Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Aphonsus Maria de Liguori. “When we hear people talk of riches, honors and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: “My God, I wish for You alone and nothing more.”
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