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Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations’ Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines.
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53
I was momentarily confused and disoriented in my early years of seminary formation before I received a consoling advice from a priest in the confessional. He said to me, “Choose the right battle and everything else will fall into place.” I felt so relieved when it dawned on me that I did not have to face all my hassles and struggles at once but to seek the one that mattered most and devote all my energy to it. Clarity and peace returned as I followed his advice.
We too do not have to face all our battles at once but choose the battle that matters most at each moment. But what is the battle that matters most to a Christian? Well, what is the battle that matters most to Jesus Christ? That should tell us the battle that matters most to us as His disciples at every time and place. …
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