< <  

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

  > >

Romans 8:18-25
Psalm 126:1-6
Luke 13:18-21

View Readings
Similar Reflections

compared to what?

“I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us.” —Romans 8:18

We must never compare ourselves with others (see Phil 2:3). Nor should we compare the present with the past and idealize the “good old days.” Nevertheless, we should compare the present sufferings with the future glory. When we do this, our sufferings seem like nothing (Rm 8:18). We are filled with hope and become able to endure anything, even the burdens and boredom of everyday life.

When we fix our eyes on the future glory (see Hg 2:9), we do not escape from present realities. In fact, this gives us the strength to enter into the present sufferings and trials with no reservations. This kind of religion is not the “opium of the people,” as Marx alleged. Rather, a religion of hope is the only thing that is not the opium of the people. Communism, unbridled capitalism, and secularism are the real opium of the people. We need hope to live, not mind-games, ideologies, or petty pleasures. We need Christ in us, our Hope of glory (Col 1:27).

Prayer:  Father, may I smile and rejoice even in adversity.

Promise:  “In hope we were saved.” —Rm 8:24

Praise:  Bed-ridden and unable to speak, Sarah prays the rosary for souls many times a day.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Living in Reality, view, download or order our booklet or listen to, download or order our four CD audio series starting with CD 38-1 or our two DVD video series starting with DVD 38 on our website.)

Rescript:  "In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat for the publication One Bread, One Body covering the time period from October 1, 2023, through November 30, 2023. Reverend Steve J. Angi, Chancellor, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio March 15, 2023"

The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.