Saint Patrick’s Cathedral was packed with Religious Sisters and priests to meet the Vicar of Christ as he presided over Solemn Vespers on Thursday, September 25.
In his homily he offered two reflections, a spirit of gratitude and a spirit of hard work. By having a deep sense of gratitude we remember the one who has called us from the beginning, we remember the constant presence of God who has strengthened us along the journey. The Holy Father spoke of how a grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve others in the name of Christ, moved to a generous-self sacrifice to bring about the Kingdom of God.
He went on to explain that while accountability to God’s people is very important with accounting for logistics, efficient management in our work, outward success, the most important thing is the value of our work in God’s eyes. We are seed planters in our apostolic work! The Holy Father concluded his reflections by stating that rest is important in the manner in which in fosters our heart for deeper generosity.