”Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51)
Father Michael Casey, a Cistercian monk of Tarrawarra Abbeyin, Australia, in commenting on this Gospel stated, "Standing firm is a struggle. We are called to stand up for our faith, to proclaim the Good News, positively and proactively."
As I reflected on what Father Michael Casey said, I looked at the people who have given me a foundation on which to stand firm in my faith. My great-grandfather was killed in a hunting accident and my great-grandmother raised her five daughters for awhile on a farm and then in town. She was one of the early members of the Christian Mothers and served as their treasurer for twenty-five years. She was a rock of faith. When I was in grade school and went to visit, she told me stories about the saints, and she walked to Mass daily.
When she died my grandmother took over the prayer list. When any of us had a special request, we called grandma and asked for her prayers. We used to tease her that she had to go to Mass an hour early so that she could get in all of her prayers. My mom has kept that tradition going and now her grandchildren call her with their special requests.
Sr. Francine Streff, OSB
Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, S.D.