DAILY CHEWING STICK: 20TH AUGUST, 2015.
MEMORIAL OF ST. BERNARD.
Good morning beloved friends in Christ and welcome to another day of Grace. Cheers and a happy feast day to ALL BERNARDS and BERNADINES. May the good life of your patron saint influence you and us positively. Amen.
BERNARD is the patron of Candle Makers and he was born in a castle in Burgundy, France in the year 1090. At an early age, he went to the BEST SCHOOLS OF HIS TIME, studied Theology and Holy Scripture. He lived a very HOLY AND EXEMPLARY LIFE AS A MONK. He was known for this saying: WHEN GOD LOVES, HE WISHES ONLY TO BE LOVED IN RETURN!
Brethren, I don’t think it’s too much, if God desires that we love Him in return, having created us in love and redeemed us in love by SENDING HIS ONLY SON TO DIE FOR US. When we say I LOVE YOU to someone we truly care for and desire, do we not expect I LOVE YOU TOO IN RETURN? Brethren, It was St. Augustine who said: “God’s greatest gift to humanity is the gift of life; and humanity’s gift to God the way we live this life.” This shows we owe God something and so I ask; HOW ARE YOU LOVING GOD IN RETURN FOR HIS LOVE FOR YOU?
Beloved, in love we go daily to ask God for our numerous heart desires; but most times forget to also go in love to say THANK YOU! A story was told about a man who died and met St. Peter at the gate of Heaven. He was joyfully welcomed because he had lived a good and virtuous life on earth. He was now led round to view the beauty of Heaven and see the Heavenly Angels. They got to one Hall and saw so many Angels very busy opening boxes and sorting them out. The man asked what it was all about and St. Peter told him; THEY WERE BOXES OF REQUEST AND PETITIONS FROM EARTH TO GOD FOR HEALING, FRUIT OF THE WOMB, SUCCESS, EMPLOYMENT, LIFE PARTNER, PROTECTION, BREAKTHROUGH, ETC. They continued and got to another hall and saw very busy angels SEALING BOXES OF PETITIONS ANSWERED AND PACKING THEM FOR DELIVERY TO THEIR OWNERS. They moved on and got to the third hall, it was empty, with only one angel on duty who was even sleeping. The man asked why there was no life here, and St. Peter said, THIS HALL IS WHERE BOXES OF APPRECIATION TO GOD IN LOVE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OPENED. BUT PEOPLE ON EARTH HARDLY APPRECIATE GOD.
Brethren, St. BERNARD was also devoted to Our Mother Mary and composed that prayer: THE MEMORARE! I guess you know the prayer!
Cheers and may St. BERNARD pray for us. Amen.
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.