DFL is a day celebrated yearly by the Church dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. This year we are celebrating the Day on Sunday 31st July.
Sadly, we are living in a culture which defines happiness in a very personal way: pleasure, success and money are seen as what brings meaning and quality of life. However, many of us are starting to see we are missing something here.
Pope Benedict said during his recent visit to the UK, "Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple - true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only He can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts."
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I will leave you with a beautiful reflection from Blessed John Henry Newman:
"God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about."
God bless you,
We thank you Lord for the gift of life.
Help us to appreciate the unique dignity of every
person and the individual contribution they make to
the world, in fulfilment of the task you give them.
Enable us by your grace to promote their well-being,
serving you in one another in a spirit of generosity,
through Christ Jesus Our Lord. Amen.