The great keys and the cry
A key is to open a door.
A cry is to call for attention.
There are many keys because there are many doors in this life. At times one needs several keys. Actually, each person is born with unique keys.
There are also many cries. Each cry has its specific proper sound depending on the level of necessity of the situation.
An Vi is a person called to a key position to help open the door of souls. People who were carrying burdens came to confide in him, share their difficulties with him, and confess their sins with him…in order to find peace, wisdom and strength. Seeing them relieved, he was so happy that he could only raise his eyes to Heaven in thanksgiving, thanksgiving for them and for his own blessing to be a healing key.
His life went on peacefully in a usual current. Suddenly one day his heart was concerned when he heard an emergent cry, a cry coming out of the souls that he had helped open. Yes, his heart was burdened.
While listening to different stories that people shared with him, An Vi realized that the majority of their problems revolved about the family life. Although living under the same roof, conflict, jealousy, hatred, greed, selfishness, division, infidelity, pride,… kept happening among family members. Why so? Then family problems spread throughout the society. He unexpectedly realized that in order to heal the society, the family must be rescued first; in order to rescue the family, each member of the family needs to be healthy in their mind and soul.
An Vi’s burden results from his love guided by prayer. He loves the happiness of families very much. He loves his friends who share the same concern with him and are trying to help families avoid being broken apart. He loves the Church that has been looking for different ways to help families maintain their peace and unity. He loves God, who ever desires the well-being of each human being in the family. Yes, out of love, he feels concerned and burdened.
Many keys have been introduced and applied to help solve family problems in the form of communication skills, psychological therapies, legal solutions, etc… However, it seems these keys can only play a role of “techniques” that provide some impacts but they cannot touch the problems at their core. Listening carefully to people’s stories, An Vi finally discovered a master key that could solve all kinds of problem in relationships, particularly within the family. This master key is very simple but surely effective, that is to place God in the center of every thought and action. With God in the middle, difficulties will be naturally solved in a most positive direction. When having God as the standard, all things will be connected wonderfully in harmony. Why? Very simple: because God is the Source of love, strength, wisdom, peace, generosity, humility, patience, forgiveness, hope, light, happiness. One only needs to place God in the heart of one’s picture that may have problems, and immediately there will be unbelievable positivity. Who does not believe this, try and see!
Our broken world is in a serious need of holy families, meaning families who place God in the center of their lives in all circumstances. They are the great keys that can help solve the problems of many families today. In other words, these holy families are the emergent need of the present world. And, this need is the emergent cry that burdens An Vi’s heart.
When one is determined to create a holy family, there are at least two benefits: first, the members of the family will surely be happy; and second, their happy example will be like a torch giving light to others families.
There have been numerous invocations, teachings, methods introduced to families for years. However, what the world of today needs is families that are determined to live courageously, patiently and fully for happiness as a mission to rescue other families. Who will love God – others – and self enough to carry out this very good and noble thing? Who wants to plunge their life in love in order to become a great key responding to that emergent cry?
1/ Two thousand years ago, the family of Joseph-Mary-Jesus placed God in the heart of all things. Therefore, their family was a holy happy family. How about today, which family will follow their footsteps and continue their mission?
2/ People of today listen more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, says Pope Paul VI.
Joseph Viet, O.Carm.