Peace be with you this on this Monday of the 12th week of ordinary time!
Three saints today: St. Paulinus of Nola, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. The latter two were martyred for their faith during the reign of King Henry VIII in England.
Scripture today tells us that we need God’s help in troubling times and that God’s Word lives in our hearts. We need it to discern the will of God for us. Amen.
May the Almighty Father bless you and your ohana, + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us. You have rocked the country and split it open; repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering. You have made your people feel hardships. Give us aid against the foe.” (Psalm 60)
“The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4)
A Personal Reflection from Fr. Brian:
In life, pono stands for righteousness and balance. In Hawaiian, if a person is living pono, it means that they have struck the right balance in their relationships with other things, places, and people in their lives. It also means that they are living with a continuous conscious decision to do right by themselves, by others, and by the world in general.
Essentially, pono is a state of existence that is characterized by integrity and a feeling of contentment when everything is good and right. The idea behind this word and this way of life is that moral behavior leads to happiness for the doer and for everyone around them.
Let us continue to seek pono in our lives with the help of God, our Lord and the Holy Spirit!
Blessings, pono and pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.