"God is our Father because He is our Creator. Each one of us, each man and each woman, is a miracle of God, desired by Him and known personally by Him. ... For Him we are not anonymous and impersonal, we have a name. The Holy Spirit, which speaks within us and says 'Abba! Father!', leads us to this truth, communicating it to the most intimate depths of our being and filling our prayer with serenity and joy". Benedict XVI
As this Easter Season winds down, and we pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit, we give thanks for the many blessings we experience, even those which come disguised as challenges and hardship; perhaps even and especially for our difficult times.
Pope Benedict XVI, referring to his own "dark nights", times when his soul was troubled, did so in thanks. Without these difficult times in his life he would not know the joy of gratitude for the good things in life.
And so I wish, and pray for each of us, a blessed and full life of worship, thanksgiving, charity towards our fellow man, and a closer union with our God, through the power of His Holy Spirit.