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Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:32 PM
The First Principle and Foundation
The goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into
us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts of God,
presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all of these gifts of God
insofar as they help us develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
they displace God
and so hinder our growth toward our goal.
In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
and are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
a deeper response to our life in God.
Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better
leads to the deepening of God's life in me.
St. Ignatius, from the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises
I do believe . Ignatius your servant dear Lord has helped me in so many ways . Sitting in front of an open Bible years ago I read , I cried . I had no where to go but to you dear Lord . It's been thirty -three years and I do need you dear Lord . I want to believe and I want to say what Ignatius said years ago ."What new life is this that we are now. beginning ."(Autob.#21)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:01 PM
More than any other human being, the Blessed Virgin Mary exemplifies for single Catholics this call to submit our intellect and will wholly, entirely, and without compromise, to God. She believed without seeing, and said yes with a supreme act of faith. The Catechism continues:
"The Virgin Mary most perfectly embodies the obedience of faith. By faith Mary welcomes the tidings and promise brought by the angel Gabriel, believing that 'with God nothing will be impossible' and so giving her assent: 'Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.' Elizabeth greeted her: 'Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.' It is for this faith that all generations have called Mary blessed" (section 148).(EWTN)
Mary was open to the Spirit of the living God . I pray that I be open to that Spirit .
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:38 PM
Compassion Not Always From Emotions When Jesus speaks of compassion, he is not necessarily referring to feelings and emotions. Compassion can also be the result of an act of our will to do something because it is the right thing to do. We can do something compassionate even when it is difficult, even when we have no tender feelings.
We are not naturally drawn to help those we dislike or fear. We must push ourselves to help. We may think that pushing ourselves is not as good as being moved by good feelings. The truth is that our greatest acts of charity and service come from our determination to do what the Lord would want us to do. Loving someone who does not love us requires more from us than loving someone who loves us back. It is the same with forgiveness.
Can you remember a time when you had to battle feelings and emotions which were pulling you away from doing a good act and you went ahead and did it anyway? I suspect there have been more than a few such occasions. That, dear friends, is why God gives us grace to do the things that we could not do with our own strength. (Author Unknown)
I think it is easy enough to be compassionate to siblings and friends . We know all about them and we ignore their foibles most times and pray for them when we know they are not on the right journey. Now there are some people that we are are less incline to have compassion for . I remember one landlord a friend of mine had . I decided to pray for this man who was more than an irritant . I did see a lawyer and everything was resolved . I felt pretty good at the way it all went .
Without God's grace I wouldn't be able to talk to some who have hurt my family. Compassion for them comes from a life of prayer and sacrifice . It's a decision.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 9:49 AM
August Queen of Heaven,
sovereign queen of Angels,
you who at the beginning
received from God
the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan,
we beseech you humbly,
send your holy legions so that,
on your orders and by your power,
they will track down demons,
fight them everywhere,
curb their audacity and plunge them into the abyss.
Who can be compared to God?
Oh good and tender Mother,
you will always be our love and our hope.
Oh divine Mother,
send the Holy Angels and Archangels to defend me
and to keep the cruel enemy far from me.
Holy Angels and Archangels defend us,
(C. Catholic Door Ministry )
When I was growing up we were poor in more ways than one could see . I didn't really know Jesus as my Lord and Savior .I knew there ws a God . That was because I had a conscience . It wasn't all tarnished back then . We did pray as a family. That in retrospect was okay . Mind you when I was little the prayers seemed long and tiring . It had to be done on our knees . Maybe that is why I have sore knees today . LOL
I did pray the rosary . I did go to church most days . I would kneel at the altar and pray . I read recently that our journey regardless of what it is when it is done with Jesus we are free within . A priest once told the people in the pew to relax and to follow what the church teaches . The church does not teach error . Individual priests may be wrong at times . Lets not forget they come from the same families we grew up in . They are not perfect . That bothers me less and less these days . Praise God and all his saints . And I give thanks to the Mother of Jesus who is also my Mother in heaven for her response to the Holy one .
Monday, December 6, 2010, 1:48 PM
Wounds Becoming Signs of Glory
The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our faith in the
resurrection of our bodies. Often we hear the suggestion
that our bodies are the prisons of our souls and that the
spiritual life is the way out of these prisons. But by our
faith in the resurrection of the body we proclaim that the
spiritual life and the life in the body cannot be separated.
Our bodies, as Paul says, are temples of the Holy Spirit
(see 1 Corinthians 6:19) and, therefore, sacred. The
resurrection of the body means that what we have lived in
the body will not go to waste but will be lifted in our
eternal life with God. As Christ bears the marks of his
suffering in his risen body, our bodies in the resurrection
will bear the marks of our suffering. Our wounds will
become signs of glory in the resurrection.
The above by Henri Nouwen is a good reminder to me that God is in control of my life . What I have to do is follow his Son Jesus who paid the price for my sins .
Monday, December 6, 2010, 5:25 AM
When John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to him to be baptized, he said to them, ‘You snakes–who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send?’”
The mercy of God depends more on our having a change of heart than it does on our adopting a new set of pious rituals. We are meant to become good from the inside out, not simply pious from the outside in.
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 6:48 PM
Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
Lead, Kindly Light
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home—
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene—one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
Quite often when a certain mood takes over I feel that the road I have chosen in life to be quite wrong . Today I got to thinking that the road chosen does not really matter that is if we are walking with Jesus . Simple but true in my mind .
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 6:21 PM
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
(all bow their heads during the next three lines)
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son
he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
At every Mass the Nicene creed is recited after the homily . Years ago I didn't realize that I could bring forth my own healing . I was a victim of abuse . Did I enjoy being a victim ? Jesus the Son of the most high God paid the price on the cross . For some time I couldn't pray the creed . I no longer had faith . Rejecting Christ for alien gods did me no good . I lived in hell .
By forgiving my abusers I was made free . Christ left no doubt in the following Scripture : "If you do not forgive others , neither will your Father forgive you ." (Matthew 6:15)
Forgive us our sins for we too forgive all who do us wrong...(Luke 11:4)
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:38 PM
New life came to me as an adult when I decided to accept the Baptism of the HOly Spirit . Our Father in heaven wants all his children to have new life . That is why he sent his Son Jesus into the world . Jesus Spirit guides and and we are changed by him.
After the Baptism in the Spirit I started to read Scripture like I never did before . I was hungry for the Word of God .Tears flowed as I read . I felt loved by God . I became more attentive to the needs of those around me .
I had always been shy . Now I was more open to people . Jesus was bringing healing into my life as I centered on him . Life in the Spirit is the only life I want . With the Spirit of Jesus every day is a day that I can accept . Growth follows as we continue to pray and repent .
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 8:23 PM
The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God, as John the theologian and evangelist says: 'But as many as received him, he gave them the power to be made the sons of God....' Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering, and perseverance unto death, so that we may also share their crowns of glory" (Exposition of the Orthodox Faith).
So how does this faith , charity , zeal come about ? I