Friday, July 10, 2015

Spirit & Life - Truth is Contagious

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"I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" - Luke 12:19

Conviction in the Lord is always a sight to behold. It's the inspiration I look for when I share the Gospel of Life around the world.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-21:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Christ is the treasure in the hearts of priests, religious, and seminarians I met during my missionary trip to Benin for HLI's Francophone Summer Institute last week. I was uplifted by the joyful spirit and zeal they shared in proclaiming the objective truths of Catholic Church teaching concerning life and family.

It was contagious!
Conviction -- a treasure bestowed by God upon those who willingly trust in His divine plan as they faithfully live out their call to holiness, treat their neighbors with compassion and dignity, and accept suffering with strength, humility, and detachment.

Having an authentic faith is not storing up treasures for self -- where moth and decay destroy -- but expressing fidelity through duty aligned with God's will and placed at His service. A sincere conviction of the heart is expressed as joy, peace, and hope in the Risen Lord. This conviction, an expression of faith, is what others can see and experience and then want for themselves!

Just as HLI founder Fr. Paul Marx witnessed, this contagious spirit -- a blazing fire of love flowing from the heart - is the answer to the global threats against life, faith and family. We know these threats, like thieves that break in and steal, stem from a relativistic culture that rejects God and places confidence in material things.

My experience in Benin is a reminder of the power of conviction -- a burning fire within, but shared -- which leads others to a peace the world cannot give, the peace of Our Lord, Jesus.  In proclaiming the Gospel of Life with conviction, we light a fire in the heart of every person who is open to the truth in love.  

We ask for continued blessings through Jesus Christ to better defend life, faith, and family for the greater glory of God - with contagious conviction. Thank you for your prayers and your support. Please be assured of mine.

Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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