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St. Charles Borromeo

Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29
Psalm 94:12-15, 17-18
Luke 14:1, 7-11

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“trying every possible means”

“Blindness has come upon part of Israel until the full number of Gentiles enter in, and then all Israel will be saved.” —Romans 11:25-26

St. John Chrysostom taught: “God attached so much importance to [man’s] salvation that He did not spare His own Son for the sake of man. Nor does He ever cease to work, trying every possible means, until He has raised man up to Himself and made him sit at His right hand” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 358). The Lord uses every means to call us to conversion. For example, by the Jews’ “transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles” (Rm 11:11). Moreover, the conversion of the Gentiles is “to stir Israel to envy” (Rm 11:11) “and save some of them” (Rm 11:14). Because the Lord wants all saved (1 Tm 2:4), He wants to bring us to conversion through joys, sorrows, birth, death, health, sickness, marriage, victories, failures, peace, rejection, hopes, loneliness, etc.

List three significant events of this week. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the truth (Jn 16:13) that the Lord is using these events to lead you to a deeper conversion. Don’t complain about what is happening in your life, but say with Mary: “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to Your word” (see Lk 1:38). Rejoice even “to suffer the distress of many trials” (1 Pt 1:6), “because you are achieving faith’s goal, your salvation” (1 Pt 1:9). “All that matters is that one is created anew” (Gal 6:15).

Prayer:  Father, make me “all things to all men in order to save” (1 Cor 9:22) “as many as possible” (1 Cor 9:19).

Promise:  “For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” —Lk 14:11

Praise:  St. Charles Borromeo wrote, “In meditation, we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.”

Reference:  (For a related teaching view, download or order our booklet Conversion-Conversations on our website.)

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