Be ready to follow Christ, wherever he goes

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)
Excerpted from Living the Gospel without Compromise, by Catherine de Hueck Doherty

7cbf2-catherinedoherty“As we approach the call to evangelize and spread the good news we need to be extremely flexible in what we do and be attentive to new opportunities, openings, and possibilities that cut across our preconceived notions and beckon into ways and situations that we have barely assessed or perhaps never thought of. Be prepared for constant changes. We cannot be rigid in any way or undesirous of change. We seek a deeper impenetration or presentation of the Good News. It is important for us to use all modern means of communication and technology to put across the message of Christ.

Flexibility needs to be prepared for by observing, thinking, researching, and prayer. But it is important that we do all these together, as a united community. We need to beg the Holy Spirit to lead us in the right direction. If we look for the paths that God is already laying out for us, a new awareness, a new vitality, and new sense of challenge and adventure will come into our hearts. We need to be ready to follow Christ wherever he goes. For Christ has a way of going into unexpected places. He often directs us toward an end that we don’t yet perceive but that is just around the corner.”

Catherine de Hueck Doherty (1896-1985) was ” was a woman in love with God,” a pioneer of social justice, devoted wife and mother, renowned national speaker, and a prolific author of hundreds of articles and several bestsellers, Catherine dedicated herself to being “poor with the poor Christ” in the slums of Toronto and Harlem and later established the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate. Catherine Doherty’s cause for canonization as a saint is now under consideration by the Catholic Church.

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