May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thess. 3:12-13
Are there things/people that you are taking for granted?
What should you do to rectify this?
Is Thanksgiving just a one day event, or is it something I try to live daily, especially during the Holiday season?
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever…
What do we do with our problems?
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Lk 18:1-8
How to begin?
Get a Bible.
Read, Study, Meditate..
Pray to God daily.
Pray to know God daily.
Attend Mass more frequently (if new to this, do you understand all the symbolism & Christ’s Presence?) – Read “Understanding the Mass” by J. Driscoll
Go to Confession.
Have good friends who are friends with Christ.
When problems arise, or the same problem persists, ask God to send His Holy Spirit to strengthen, guide, & support you.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. Psalm 4: 8
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14: 27
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Feast of Christ the King
Sunday, November 22nd
Grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits in his presence before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev. 1: 4-6)
Thy kingdom come
The coming of the kingdom of God, says our Lord and Savior, does not admit of observation, and there will be no-one to say “Look here! Look there!” For the kingdom of God is within us and in our hearts. And so it is beyond doubt that whoever prays for the coming of the kingdom of God within himself is praying rightly, praying for the kingdom to dawn in him, bear fruit and reach perfection. For God reigns in every saint, and every saint obeys God’s spiritual laws — God, who dwells in him just as he dwells in any well-ordered city. The Father is present in him and in his soul Christ reigns alongside the Father, as it is said: We will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Continue reading…
Do I believe Christ is the King?
What does it mean for me to believe or not to believe?
If I believe, what kind of allegiance to the King is demanded by my belief?
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By faith she believed; by faith, conceived
A Sermon by St. Augustine:
Stretching out his hand over his disciples, the Lord Christ declared: Here are my mother and my brothers; anyone who does the will of my Father who sent me is my brother and sister and my mother.
I would urge you to ponder these words. Did the Virgin Mary, who believed by faith and conceived by faith, who was the chosen one from whom our Saviour was born among men, who was created by Christ before Christ was created in her – did she not do the will of the Father? Indeed the blessed Mary certainly did the Father’s will, and so it was for her a greater thing to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been his mother, and she was more blessed in her discipleship than in her motherhood. Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him whom she would obey as her master.
Now listen and see if the words of Scripture do not agree with what I have said. The Lord was passing by and crowds were following him. His miracles gave proof of divine power. and a woman cried out: Happy is the womb that bore you, blessed is that womb! But the Lord, not wishing people to seek happiness in a purely physical relationship, replied: More blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it. Mary heard God’s word and kept it, and so she is blessed. She kept God’s truth in her mind, a nobler thing than carrying his body in her womb. The truth and the body were both Christ: he was kept in Mary’s mind insofar as he is truth, he was carried in her womb insofar as he is man; but what is kept in the mind is of a higher order than what is carried in the womb… (cont reading homily).
What does it mean to do the will of the Father? To be brothers & sisters of Christ?
St. Augustine goes on to point out that by Baptism, we are made children of God/children & members of the Church. As such, we grow and are called to bring others to birth in Christ… leading them to union & sonship with God. Thus, we like Mary give birth, but only because we have first accepted God’s truth in our mind and then acted on in, & carry that truth in our hearts/in our bodies.
- How is God’s truth continuing to grow in your mind? Do you read Scripture & the Catechism (or other religious books that will expand your knowledge of God’s Truth & Word) with regularity?
- How often you pray & ponder on God’s Word?
- Are you in turn, seeking in any way to draw others to the fount of God’s truth… through prayer? invitation? example?
as we honor the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, & seek her help,grant that we, like her,
may share in the fullness of your grace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen!
Remember, as a christian…
You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Colossians 3:12-13
Walking the walk (as a follower of Christ) does not mean being perfect before talking the talk. Walking the walk, means daily trying to be a better person.
Be careful, my child, in all you do, well-disciplined in all your behavior. Do to no one what you would not want done to you. Give your bread to those who are hungry, and your clothes to those who are naked. Whatever you own in plenty, devote a proportion to almsgiving. Bless the Lord God in everything; beg him to guide your ways and bring your paths and purposes to their end… (Tobit 4:14…)
Take time today to reflect on how you are treating people. If I asked:
- your spouse
- your sibling(s)
- your parent(s)
- your child(ren)
- your co-workers
- your boss
- the lady at the checkout
- the biker at the gas station
- the majority of people who attend your church
- the old lady who is walking very slowly in front of you
- the autistic teenager who acts a little different
- anyone you have encounter throughout the course of the day…
How you had treated them, how would they respond. Looking at life through their eyes. Were you:
- kind or rude?
- patient or inpatient?
- hospitable or did you ignore them as if they were not even present?
- friendly or unfriendly?
- back-biting & gossiping about them or someone who defended or walked away from the small, petty talk going on?
- helpful or a bully?
- someone who reflected the light of Christ or one who could not be identified as a Christian or person of values?
The month of November brings to a close the end of the liturgical year.
As such, the church gives us an opportunity to reflect on the end times/on our own end, through the use of scriptures….
How do you use these Scripture passages?
Do you look around and say to yourself, “Oh yes, I can see the world is becoming a very selfless, godless place. It is so evil, and only getting worse!”
Or, do you use it as a time to reflect on yourself? Are there any of the characteristics listed in 2Timothy, that you can identify in yourself? Are there areas, as a Christian, as a follower of Christ, that you need to ask forgiveness, & seek God’s mercy and grace to help you back onto the narrow path that leads to Him?
Click on image for a beautiful meditation on Christ our Hope & our Final Destination.
During those times when it seems that evil & tragedy are more widespread than ever before, it is important to remember that there IS MORE. As Christians, we know the outcome of the battle between good & evil. As Christians, we know our final destination is greater than any tragedy or suffering we can experience on earth — that is because Christ wins the battle against evil. Christ calls us to complete & everlasting union with Himself & our Heavenly Father, in union with the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we know the power of prayer. We know the power of hope in our final destination – union with God… As Christians we know the power of Christ!
And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall look about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.
Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
Psalms 39:8And now, Lord, for what do I wait? You are my only hope.
And our hope does not disappoint; because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us.
Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good of them that love God, to those who called according to his purpose.
Rejoice in hope; patient in tribulation; persevere in prayer;
For through the Spirit we wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
…For I am with you always, until the end of the age..
In the spiritual battle that is going on around us – know that we have the greatest of Generals leading us. To ensure our victory, we need to listen to Him, follow His lead, & never lose confidence in His ability to guide us to eternal victory!
“Soldiers! Let us humble ourselves before the Lord, our God, asking through Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, beseeching the aid of the God of our forefathers in the defense of our homes and our liberties, thanking Him for His past blessings, and imploring their continuance upon our cause and our people.”
“Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray. Believing that prayer is the greatest contribution that our people can make in this critical hour, I humbly urge that we take time to pray – to really pray.”
“Let there be prayer at sunup, at noonday, at sundown, at midnight – all through the day. Let us pray for our children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes. Let us pray for the churches.”
“Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word ‘concern’ out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and His redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.” General Robert E Lee, 1863