In this reflection for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022, Patrick and Catherine Sullivan show us that in a family, our first reaction or first response should be generosity, even when it’s hard.
We’re all trying to get to heaven. We’re all trying to help each other along the way and who better to help you on that journey than the people who love you the most and who know you the best.
Let’s pray that in our families, we may lead with generosity, even when it’s hard, and even when the first thing we want to do is lash out, or be upset when our family members are annoying or hurtful. Let’s pray that He will give us the grace that we need, and the mercy that we need, to show mercy to others and be a light in the world, starting in our families.
You are meant to live life to the full, and that starts with encountering and responding to the Lord. He has great plans for us, and it is only in a relationship with Him that we can truly become who we were created to be!
But how do we encounter Him, and how do we respond? It’s all as unique and personal as you are, and it’s built into the way He created you. Come and see.
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Catherine and Patrick Sullivan
Married on the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Catherine and Patrick Sullivan have always had a love for education. Catherine is a teacher and writer. After earning a master's degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, she has spent nearly a decade teaching religion and English to middle and high school students. Patrick is a high school administrator and avid runner. Also holding a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, his theological background continues to inform the work he does today. As parents, both Catherine and Patrick are grateful for the opportunity to receive the sacraments as well as a generously sized cup of coffee.