|Luke 1: 26 - 38
|26||In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,|
|27||to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.|
|28||And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"|
|29||But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.|
|30||And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.|
|31||And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.|
|32||He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,|
|33||and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."|
|34||And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"|
|35||And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.|
|36||And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.|
|37||For with God nothing will be impossible."|
And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Years ago I was part of a group of praise . I asked for prayers every now and then because I was burdened . One single lady who was not called to matrimony told me that I too could give birth to Jesus . I would call her my spritual mother .And giving birth to Jesus I thought was sort of impossible . Today I know it is possible to give birth to Jesus . Repentance brings about new life in us . When our hearts are full of the joy that Jesus gives we give birth to Jesus . That is a most wonderful way to bring family together under the same banner .
I am going to see the nurse practioner tomorrow morning . When I say I am aching from head to toe I mean it . My blood pressure is out of control also. I could use prayers .
CHOOSE IN ACCORD WITH CONSCIENCE Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.
Man is sometimes confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult. But he must always seriously seek what is right and good and discern the will of God expressed in divine law.
To this purpose, man strives to interpret the data of experience and the signs of the times assisted by the virtue of prudence, by the advice of competent people, and by the help of the Holy Spirit and his gifts.
Some rules apply in every case:
- One may never do evil so that good may result from it;
- the Golden Rule: "Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."56
- charity always proceeds by way of respect for one's neighbor and his conscience: "Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience . . . you sin against Christ."57 Therefore "it is right not to . . . do anything that makes your brother stumble."58
The above is from CCC. I have some very important choices at hand and I want to do what is right .
What is hell ? I believe hell and heaven are choices we make in the here and now . We are not robots so we have choices . Some believe that it doesn't matter what they do in life they will end up in God's kingdom. The way I see it God loves us so he wants us to love him as we journey here on earth . He is always ready to take us back when we fall .
Comfort me, Lord. When I am feeling down, I pray that You help me to see past the situation to the dawning of a new day. When I have trouble feeling Your presence in my life, stay by my side. Amen.
Untie dear Lord all that keeps me from loving and forgiving and set me free to praise you and adore you .
What must you do to have life? Before all else, the first thing you have to do is pray for courage every day to carry the cross the Lord has assigned you. Then let each of you do your own work really well, the work proper to your state, as God wants it, and according to your condition, which means according to the spirit of the Lord. - Blessed Philip Rinaldi (1856-1931)
I read that and I said to myself that this is not rocket science .
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the panther lie down with the kid,
calf, lion and fat-stock beast together,
with a little boy to lead them.
The cow and the bear will graze,
their young will lie down together.
The lion will eat hay like the ox.
The infant will play over the den of the adder;
the baby will put his hand into the viper's lair.
No hurt, no harm will be done
on all my holy mountain,
for the country will be full of knowledge of Yahweh
as the waters cover the sea.
TEMPTATION AND PERSEVERANCE
Is God then so ignorant of things, so unacquainted with the human heart that he has to find out about a man by testing him? Of course not. It is in order that a person may find out about himself... People are not as well known to themselves as they are to their Creator, nor do the sick know themselves as well as the doctor does. A man is sick; he is suffering, the doctor isn't suffering, and the patient is waiting to hear what he is suffering from the one who isn't suffering. That is why a man cries out in a psalm, From my hidden [faults] cleanse me, O Lord (Ps 18: 13). There are things in a person which are hidden from the person in whom they are. And they won't come out, or be opened up, or discovered, except through tests and trials and temptations. If God stops testing, it means the master is stopping teaching. God tempts or tests in order to teach, the devil tests or tempts in order to mislead. But unless the one being tempted gives him a chance, his temptations can be driven off as unsubstantial and ridiculous. That is why the Apostle says, Do not give the devil a chance (Ep 4: 27). People give the devil a chance with their lusts and longings. Now it is true that people cannot see the devil they are fighting with, but they have a very easy remedy for that; let them conquer themselves within, and they will triumph over him without. Why am I saying this? Because you do not know yourself unless you learn yourself through trial, temptation and testing. When you have learned yourself, don't be heedless about yourself. At least, if you were heedless about yourself when hidden from you, don't be heedless about that self when it has become known to you.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
Saint Augustine (d. 430) is called the Doctor of Grace.
A dear friend in Singapore sent me the above . I thought how true that ,"Why am I saying this? Because you do not know yourself unless you learn yourself through trial, temptation and testing." The next jump , do I like what I am becoming ?
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