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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 15, 2020

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THURSDAY, October 15                           Teresa of Avila

Galatians 6:14-17 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.

From the Archives: April 15, 1955

In the vision of the cross, death loses all meaning for us since death is coupled to our rising up again. The spoils of Jesus’ cross are ours.

When we seek the will of God in all things, we nourish the Christ-life within us. We conquer pain and death when we cease to fear these afflictions. The cross has become the very center of our lives because the cross reveals the nearness of God to us.

The cross among the lilies reminds us that suffering is the most divine element in our lives. There is healing happiness in the cross that we gladly accept. There is no other means for us to pass from our petty selfishness to the immortal and never-changing relationship of love with God.

MOVING FORWARD: Read along with the psalm today. Where do you see your own spiritual journey in this psalm?

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Dioceses of New Jersey, Amazon (Brazil), and Jabalpur (India)

Ps 18:1-20 * 18:21-50 | Jonah 3:1—4:11 | Acts 27:27-44 | Luke 9:18-27

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