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Wednesday – Second Week of Lent

Then Jesus returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open. He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again. Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, let us go. Look, my betrayer is at hand.”(Mt. 26:44-46)

Accepting the Father’s will is not always an easy thing to do. That’s fairly obvious when we see the struggle of Jesus in Gethsemane. We also know from our own firsthand experience how difficult it can be.

Ever try to help a bird get out of your house? You’re trying to give it freedom, and it resists as though you were trying to harm it.

We all go through flashes of that.

“Thy will be done” is the path that gets us to true freedom and gets us ultimately where we really want to go, even though there may be some pain involved in getting there.

What in my life is the most difficult thing for me to accept?

Spend some quiet time with the Lord.

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47 posted on 03/08/2007 10:22:44 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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March 8, 2007

St. John of God

When John was eight years old, he ran away from his home in Portugal. Such impetuousness and recklessness were to characterize his entire life.

After traveling to Spain the youngster fell sick. He was cared for by the manager of a large estate who eventually adopted him.

John worked as a shepherd until he was in his late twenties. Then, pressured to enter a loveless marriage, he enlisted in the Spanish army to fight against France.

Like many men in his regiment, the young soldier drank, gambled and carried on. Then one day he was thrown from his horse near French lines. Fearing he would be captured or killed John promised to reform his life if he survived.

He did . . . . and he did.

At age 40, he decided to risk martyrdom by traveling to Africa to help ransom Christian captives. But at the deck, he met a family being exiled for political intrigue. He offered to be their servant. Years later, the family was pardoned, and John returned to Spain. Always a voracious reader, he became a book peddler, traveling from village to village selling religious books and holy cards.

But John soon fell back into some of his old ways, until one day when he heard John of Avila preach on repentance. Again, John was so remorseful about how he was living that he rededicated his life to God. He devoted his life to the poor, establishing a hospital built on alms he received.

He died on this day in 1559 at age 55, when he fell ill after saving a drowning man.

John of God is patron of booksellers and of hospitals.

48 posted on 03/11/2007 10:16:52 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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