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“Never Forget”

 

St. Gregory the Great once wrote: “Foolish the man who on his journey forgets where he is going.” On our journey to God, the sin of omission is like not wanting to walk or walking in the wrong direction. It is when we think of others more than ourselves that we take giant steps towards our final destination.

Let us always keep in mind that life is short and that our actions now
will lead us either to Jesus or away from him. All of us would like to
reach that state where we will be in full communion with Jesus. Let us
never forget that the path that takes us there is love, and to love is
to give generously of ourselves to others, always seeking to do what
is good. Let us take advantage of all the opportunities to help
others. In doing so, we will be encountering Christ himself.


35 posted on 03/01/2012 9:55:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body


<< Thursday, March 1, 2012 >> Saint of the Day
 
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
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Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 Matthew 7:7-12
 

SIMPLY

 
"If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to anyone who asks Him!" —Matthew 7:11
 

When Jesus teaches us about prayer, He simply says: "Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you" (Mt 7:7). He does not include any "ifs," "ands," or "buts." He simply says: "Ask and you will receive" (Mt 7:7). We have complicated the matter of prayer through our doubts and confusion. Many times we speculate and theologize, and think we're explaining prayer. However, we really are explaining the effect of our doubts on prayer.

Lent means "spring," a fresh start in our life in the Spirit. We can return to a simple fresh awareness of prayer. We can expect God to be God and overshadow all the human weaknesses confusing us about prayer. We can experience the prayer-power and closeness to God we read about in the Scriptures. We won't have to "explain away" the Scripture, but "believe away" our explanations. Faith, not doubt, will remain. Prayer will no longer be something to read, think, and study about, but something to enjoy.

Sin complicates. Faith simplifies. Let faith simplify your prayer this Lent.

 
Prayer: Father, may I pray more often, for longer times, with fewer words, and stronger faith.
Promise: "Save us by Your power, and help me, who am alone and have no one but You, O Lord. You know all things." —Est C:25
Praise: Joan worked hard at prayer, and then learned to simply surrender to the Spirit. She then found peace.

36 posted on 03/01/2012 9:58:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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