November is Black Catholic History Month
Today November 2nd, we celebrate the life of one of my favorite Saints. St. Moses the Black.
When ministering on the street corners, and speaking with Gang Members, I have and continue to use this powerful Saint as an example of God’s Mercy and Love.
Saint Moses lived in the 4th Century and was said to have been a large, strong and powerful man. Some say he stood almost 8 feet tall. He was perhaps the biggest and baddest man in the desert at that time. He was the leader of a Gang of 75 men who pillaged, plundered, murdered and raped throughout the desert.
Trying to escape being captured one day, he happened upon a Monastery and a group of monks. He stayed with them and was enamored and influenced by their dedication, peace and contentment. Moses soon gave up his way of living, became baptized and joined this group of holy men.
Moses progressed and eventually became a Priest and established his own order of monks, totaling 75, for the men he had when he committed atrocities in his former way of life.
St. Moses the Black is a powerful example for many of our urban youth who continue to be disenfranchised and feel that they have no where to go, but living a life of poverty and violence. In this coming Year of Mercy, let us go out in the streets, using the example of St. Moses the Black, and encounter these people, letting them see the love and mercy of Christ within us. Let us not condemn, but encounter them with grace, love and forgiveness in our hearts, welcoming them into the Open Door of Mercy to which Christ awaits them.
Father, we thank You for this day, a day of which we ask that we might be used as effective witnesses. Witnesses of Your Mercy and Forgiveness to those who truly need it. Guide our steps as we encounter those who are most in need of Your Mercy. Heavenly Father, use us as instruments of Your Grace, that those within the darkness of this world, might see the Light of Your Son within us
Amen and ASHAY!!!
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