FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Wednesday, April 5
Cynthia P. Fraga-Cañadas, Ph.D
Professor of Education and Languages
Count On The Mount!
“If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” -John 8: 31, 32
In the first reading of Daniel, we learn of three brothers who are tossed into a burning fire by a powerful king for refusing to worship a golden statue. “How strong is my faith?” I ask myself this question as I ponder through the story. In an age of Christian persecution, the international media brings news of priests, nuns, and missionaries who are being killed for their FAITH! The King is amazed at the end of the reading of Daniel when he sees an angel delivering the three brothers to their God, OUR God. How strong is YOUR faith? Take time today to ask yourself that question. During my college years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was very involved in service learning and missionary work. I was blessed just like you are here at the Mount with opportunities to affirm my faith and share it with the most vulnerable. There were many times when I was walking amidst the streets of the poor barrios where children lived on the streets and parents engaged in delinquent activities that I fear for my life, but I carried a wooden cross around my neck and I firmly believed God was with me. I beg you, take the opportunities the Mount gives you through your professors, Campus Ministry, and service trips to grow in your faith so when you are challenged, and you will be, you can be like the three brothers. Count on the Mount to strengthen your faith. My husband and I have loved teaching here since 2008. We truly believe your Mount education strives to shed light on these verses of the Gospel of John: “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” -John 8: 31, 32.
Dear God, You who sent an angel to deliver the three brothers, make me stronger in my faith during my time at The Mount.“Blessed are You in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.” (Dn 3: 56) Amen.
Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 Jn 8:31-42