Brother Phil and Ben Ave Crux Spes Unica January 4, 2021December 12, 2020 Check out the latest newsletter for Holy Cross Educators! Ave Crux, Spes Unica! The Work of Resurrection – January 2021Download Published by Brother Phil and Ben Phillip Smith and Benjamin Rossi established The Voice of Moreau blog on September 15, 2018. View all posts by Brother Phil and Ben Published January 4, 2021December 12, 2020
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Thank you for an amazing invitation into the life of a missionary. The courage you explain is the courage of an explorer of new worlds. This call of God is not for the faint of heart. If I have learned one thing from you after this incomparable education I have received it is that all Holy Cross educators are not only the very best God has to offer but the most courageous people I have ever known. And I have been around some very brave people. Matt 10:9 “Without cost I have received; without cost and I will give.”
Thank you, Jeff, for your ongoing support. The kind of detachment called for by the Gospel in bringing the Good News to the ends of the earth is indeed radical (no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff;), but it makes sense because in presenting ourselves so transparently to others, in that act of trust, we offer really the only compelling argument for God. How easy it is, in the name of safety, to insulate ourselves in this work and become complacent. It is truly risk or nothing!
I see that. So many are all about security. This is almost the opposite of faith and trust. Chasing money, power, security and hanging on to what we worked so hard for when it was never really ours anyway. God gives the gifts not us and everything experience a missionary is given is a new taste of God Himself.
Amen to that. I think that the spiritual life teaches us to accept our initial embrace of such security as simply the price of doing the awkward business of trying to live as human beings in the world. Gradually, we are confronted by those penetrating questions about the meaning of it all, and gradually we learn to crave a more lasting security that does not depend on our vision, efforts, savings, calculations, etc.
Wow!!! So fulfilling with these answers of the spirit. Thanks.