Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.
~The bookmark of Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you.
|"Therefore, reform your lives! Turn to God, that your sins may be wiped away!" —Acts 3:19|
When Peter preached about Jesus' Resurrection, he preached repentance (see Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31). He did this to obey the risen Lord Who commanded that "repentance for the forgiveness of sins...be preached to all the nations" (Lk 24:47, JB).
When the early Church preached repentance, they tried to hold people responsible for their part in Jesus' death through their sins (see Acts 5:28). They spoke directly, boldly, fearlessly, and personally to their listeners. Peter bluntly blamed the people for handing Jesus over to Pilate, although Pilate wanted to release Him (Acts 3:13). He told Ananias: "Why have you let Satan fill your heart so as to make you lie to the Holy Spirit?" (Acts 5:3) Stephen told his listeners: "You stiff-necked people...always opposing the Holy Spirit" (Acts 7:51). Peter told Simon the magician: "I see you poisoned with gall and caught in the grip of sin" (Acts 8:23).
These bold calls to repentance are a far cry from the content of some homilies we hear today. We don't want to put anyone on a "guilt-trip," but in doing so we encourage ourselves and others to wallow in denial. When we refuse to talk straight to a world of alcoholics, self-aholics, and sin-aholics, we enable irresponsibility and sin. We must face both the fact that we are guilty and the fact that Jesus "is an Offering for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for those of the whole world" (1 Jn 2:2). When we accept that we had a part in Jesus' crucifixion, we'll also see that we can share in His Resurrection.(Copyright Presentations Ministries )
Watch over the children of Your world, Father. So many of our young people are neglected or abused. May they find comfort in Your love. Give these children the courage to seek help in difficult situations. Open our eyes to their needs. Amen.
Desire is often talked about as something we ought to overcome. Still, being is
desiring: our bodies, our minds, our hearts, and our souls are full of desires.
Some are unruly, turbulent, and very distracting; some make us think deep thoughts
and see great visions; some teach us how to love; and some keep us searching for
God. Our desire for God is the desire that should guide all other desires. Otherwise
our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls become one another's enemies and our inner
lives become chaotic, leading us to despair and self-destruction.
Spiritual disciplines are not ways to eradicate all our desires but ways to order
them so that they can serve one another and together serve God. (Copyright Henri Nouwen)
"No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God" (St. Anselm, Letter 112).
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19:
Peter said to the people: “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
1 Jn 2:1-5a:
My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
Gratitude in its deepest sense means to live life as a gift to be received gratefully. But gratitude as the gospel speaks about it embraces all of life: the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not so holy.
Jesus calls us to gratitude. He calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate, that joy and sorrow really belong together, and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement. That is why Jesus calls us to be grateful for every moment that we have lived and to claim our unique journey as God's way to mold our hearts to greater conformity with God's own."
Jon was his name . I found out today that he died last night . I've been friend's with him for long time . He had problems walking so he bought himself a scooter . He lived with his wife and kids next door to my house when I was little . Donna his wife was a most caring woman . She was as a mother to me . I liked her .
I think I was fifteen years old or so and she told me all about the birds and the bees . I really did not understand what she wanted me to know about delivering a baby . She was young and she told me she married because she really loved her Jon
He wouldn't marry her in the Catholic church so she gave up her faith . She did suffer much in this marriage . For whatever reason he no longer loved her .Days of misunderstandings erode a marriage .
I have to decide if I am going to the funeral tomorrow
A most endearing trait of one who supposedly knows everything is to ask how I am doing . And then he has a way to lighten the burden . Well there are some much worst than you are . Should I answer him next time he asks the same question ?
Son of God, I pray that my actions today reflect Your goodness. Help me to proclaim the power of Your Resurrection so that others might come to share in Your promise of eternal life. Amen.
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