Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
Father George’s Address in India. Father George has returned to his homeland. If you would like to send him a note, his address is printed below. We wish for him only the best in his retirement. Check with the Post Office for postal rates, it takes more than one stamp!
Fr. George Kallumkalkudy
Carmel Provincial House
P.O. Box No. 34
Muvattupuzha - 868 661
“Get behind me, Satan.”
Try to imagine the look on Peter’s face when Jesus rebuked him. He must
have gone from a beaming smile to a forlorn frown in a split second.
Did Peter love Jesus when he said, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29)? Yes!
Did he love Jesus when he urged him to avoid the cross? Yes! Peter loved
Jesus with his whole heart on both occasions, even though the first response
came from God, and the second one didn’t.
If it is hard for the great St. Peter to recognize the difference between godly
truth and ungodly temptation, what hope could there possibly be for us?
Sure, there are times when it’s not hard to spot the influence of the devil.
But what about those times when we feel we are being sincere and honest,
but we’re still wrong?
What about those times when we say something out of a good motivation,
but it ends up being the wrong thing at the wrong time?
The first thing we need to do is admit that we don’t always get it right.
We’re going to make mistakes and hurt people, even when we have good
intentions. There will even be times, humbling though they may be, when
our good intentions end up serving devilish purposes. Praise God for his
mercy and patience!
Second, we need to know that the Holy Spirit wants to teach us how to
live. St. Paul tells us that no matter how inscrutable the wisdom of God may
be, “we have the mind of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 2:16). This means we
really can learn how to discern spiritual things.
Over time, Peter learned how to discern God’s voice. He learned how to
sort through his intentions and be a clearer instrument of God’s grace, We
can too. Just keep telling yourself, “I have the mind of Christ. I believe that
the Holy Spirit is my guide.” With this little statement of faith, you can
develop the gift of discernment.
“Lord, show me your ways so that I may discern your will”
(The Word: September 2018 edition)