That rest can be a deep breath and quieting of myself so the noise of the outside dims and the busy gears turning in my brain slow down. That rest and quiet can help me to really focus on what’s important, to ask God for the strength to do my best and the strength when life becomes overwhelming to ask for help from him and others. Sometimes we have to ask God for the strength to say no to more obligations and to be serene in that decision.
Today we also celebrate the life of St. Paul Miki and companions. St. Paul Miki was a Japanese Jesuit brother who, along with 23 other clergy and lay people, was killed in 1597 by those fearful of his influence. His companions that day included artisans and simple laborers as well as clergy. His forgiveness of those who persecuted him reminds me that I must open my own heart and practice forgiveness at every level of my life.
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