Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Feast of Saint Dominic
Good morning. In marriage we learn to persevere and this only comes from being committed in the first place. If we don’t go into marriage with a sense of commitment, if we are only there as long as it feels good, then it will not last and we will never know the joy that comes from persevering. Jesus in today’s Gospel offers us a lesson on perseverance. He rewards the Canaanite woman for her perseverance by curing her daughter. So too in marriage we are rewarded for our perseverance through the various challenges that we encounter; the more we persevere, the more we come to appreciate one another and we grow in our love for one another. Learning to persevere through the various challenges we encounter in our marriage provides us the opportunity to become more of the person God intends us to be and enriches our marital relationship. Like Saint Dominic, whose life we recall today, who persevered in preaching the Gospel, we too can persevere in our marriage, but only through nourishing ourselves with prayer and the sacraments. The Holy Spirit will provide the graces we need to persevere and we will come to know the joy and gladness that comes with endurance. We need to remind ourselves often of the words of Saint Paul in his letter to the Galations: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Dominic de Guzman.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:10 AM