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Romans 8: 31B-39

Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:

For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.


No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

What more can be added once we come to fully realize God’s love for us: if God is indeed for us—and He is—what does it matter then if anyone is against us?

 

Our challenges extend from those times when we lose sight of His love in our lives, when we opt out of His grace and make our own way. Paul tells us that God did not even spare His only Son—to save us—why is it that we think that He would not do everything to help us then? Jesus offered Himself on the cross for us and continues to reach out for us from the right hand of His Father. Nothing can separate us from His love; God is Love so He cannot be un-love. He cannot NOT love.

 

Though we may not always see or understand what that love means or where God is going with it, we know it all is working for the good of those who love Him. From the apostles to the martyrs, from the early day saints, to the latter, imagine their thoughts too as they saw God’s love in their lives. We too can see it in ours, no matter the powers, the height or depth or creatures that may try to keep from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Romans 8: 26-30

Brothers and sisters: the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.

 

The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness.

Paul goes on to allow that we don’t know how to pray as we ought so the Holy Spirit steps in and guides us as we put the controls in His hands. Not such a bad idea for prayer, for weakness, for help in suffering—for all that matters in life. For ways that we cannot communicate, the Holy Spirit can—without words, quite possibly even without human thought. We’ve all heard or said the phrase ‘words cannot express’… this would be a good example of those times when God has His way with us and we submit ourselves to His way, words not being necessary.

 

If we are faithful and believing in Him, more than we are trusting and loving to those we know on earth, we will be more prone to see the goodness of His works in our lives. He knows already what is in our hearts. He knows already our yes’s and no’s, our stops and our goes. When our faith is an active, fervent faith, our prayers are equally active and fervent. When our faith is tepid and hit and miss, so will our prayer life. And as is our prayer life, so often goes our personal life.

 

And as goes the personal life, so then goes relationships, careers, families, friends, etc. And through it all, God knows where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going. And He still gives us free will to get there.

 

Through our prayer life, that is how we can be led to follow His will and not our own… Your will be done, Lord, not mine. With cooperation, not reluctance. With purpose and perseverance, not indifference and despair. As we persist in this, we will further conform our lives to be more like His plan for us, to be more like His image and likeness, just as we have been called.

And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.

 


Offer It Up!   Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Romans 8:18-25

Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

 

Many before us have gone through trials and tribulations. Many after will continue to do the same. What we all currently experience and share, be it our own suffering and grief or the other side of that in joy and happiness, is our calling now from God. And how we choose to accept it and respond to it determines how we grow and how others see us as believers and witnesses of our faith.


We may experience some frustration, some anxiety even in the growth and joyous parts of our lives, when all seems to be going well. We may even find those elusive silver linings in the darkness of the storm clouds when all hell seems to be breaking loose around us. No matter the stage, no matter the condition we find ourselves passing through, nothing compares to the glory we will find as ‘children of God’, upon our being set free from this kingdom and into the ‘glory to be revealed for us.’


Yes we hope for this as those that have gone before us have done. And with the assurance of their salvation, our hope is re-kindled again and again by their faith and their own joy-filled witness. As was their hope, so may go ours. Indeed, ‘hope that sees for itself is not hope’, yet with the lives of others, the persistence of faith and grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, we can endure to His glory.





Offer It Up!   Monday, October 28, 2013

Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

 

At our baptism, we were all chosen, as were the disciples, to be with Jesus Christ. Maybe we were not yet identified as fishermen, or tax collectors, or zealots, or any one of the other fields of service Jesus called His twelve from but He made us His as the waters of our baptism were poured upon us.


It was not for our own abilities then—as infants or as adults—anymore than it is now. Who is to say what influence or impact we would have on anyone without the power of the Holy Spirit with us? Jesus saw all of the abilities and even the inabilities of those He called to be His twelve. They all had their limitations and weaknesses then just as we do today. All the easier to be emptied of what we don’t know to learn and be filled with what we should come to know.


What Jesus saw in those He prayed about and called, He sees the same in us as He prays for our transformation. As apostles, as priests, as martyrs, their mission was given to them and they lived it out, humbly and worthy of their call. We may not be priests, nor martyrs yet we can sacrifice for the sake of our call and our faith. We can put ourselves in that position to be closer to His grace and mercy, ready to humbly serve as we are called. For sure, it is nothing we deserve for none of us are worthy of His grace, even as we glorify Him and honor Him. We get what we get because of who He is, not of who we are. Of who we are to become with Him, through His grace and mercy, and our faith that He will.




Offer It Up!   Sunday, October 27, 2013

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.

"Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’

But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

 

Duplicity.

Double standards.

Self-deception.

 

Seems the Pharisees had their own set of parallels set up when challenged to truly live their righteousness. It was one thing for them to follow the commandments to their own fashion and quite another to follow them as Jesus pointed out to them. It was as if they were good with all they did—following mostly the letter of the laws and commandments on one side of their lives—but were not nearly humble enough to recognize the faults of their ‘greedy, dishonest and adulterous’ sinful lives on the other.

 

Fasting, praying, sacrificing, tithing, putting others first… all are part of what it takes to make ourselves smaller in the way and on the way of our journey of faith. A Christ-centered life calls for such. It also calls for us to recognize our sinful ways and humble ourselves before God and those we serve.

 

No, we are not to be like ‘the rest of humanity,’ often blinded to our desperate need of the peace of Christ. Blinded in sin and even to it, we end up trying things on our own instead of sharing the yoke with the One who can help us be more like Him and to be like ourselves: like the image of God we have been made in. Like the Christ-like people we are forming our lives to be. And the more we allow our smallness, the more we find the greatness of His love, truth and light in our lives.

 



Offer It Up!   Saturday, October 26, 2013

I’m not sure where these came from or where they belong in any one step of our paths and journeys. What I am sure of is that they will remind us that God is indeed above all else and us and that we should all be even smaller than we are.

 

– Love God more than you fear hell.
– Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
– Make major decisions in a cemetery.
– When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
– Succeed at home first.
– Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.
– Pray twice as much as you fret.
– Listen twice as much as you speak.
– Only harbor a grudge when God does.
– Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
– Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
– ‘Tis wiser to err on the side of generosity than on the side of scrutiny.
– God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
– When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
– Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
– Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
– The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
– Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
– Live your liturgy.


To sum it all up:
Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little. And then get off when you get home.

 



Offer It Up!   Friday, October 25, 2013

Romans 7:18-25a

Brothers and sisters: I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand. For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Jesus spoke about our how often it is that our spirit is willing to follow the path of righteousness yet our flesh is weak and has other intentions. How true it is! Paul further embellishes that truth today as he reminds us how we sometimes do the very thing we set out NOT to do even when so much good is at hand around us.

 

While the opposition between good and evil continues to wage the battles within us, we must cooperate with the graces within us to overcome the temptation of evil. We do that through our faith, through our prayer, through our continued actions of Christ-centered living that deliver us from the clutches of darkness into the mercy and grace in the light of Jesus Christ.

 

Who will deliver me from this mortal body?

We cannot do it on our own, as much as we would like to think we can. Oh, we can get ourselves into the situations where we need Jesus on our own just fine. But what happens after that to free us from the bonds of sin is greater than anything we can imagine. The love and mercy of Christ revealed in such a way that can only be found in His saving grace. Miserable wretches that we all are, deserving nothing but gaining all, grateful that God gives us according to His grace to share, not ours.

 
 


Offer It Up!   Thursday, October 24, 2013

Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

 

It is rather obvious Jesus is not mincing any words about His anguish with the world—how near it is to being ablaze yet He wishes it were already blazing! Quite contrary to the comfort we seek in His peace in our prayers. Quite the opposite we have come to ‘understand’ from the spirituality we seek as we grow in our faith. Yet with further review, we may already be closer than we think to His fire and His fury—in a very good sense at that!

 

What if the division He speaks of would lead us closer to our relationship with Him? How good of a deal would that be? With the gift of free will, we can choose who or what we want to have as our treasures, as our priorities, as our idols, even as our gods. With that same gift, we also choose who and what we love and we should do that first and foremost.

 

With these sorts of choices, we are challenged as His witnesses, as children of God, to ‘do the right thing’ and love and serve God above all else, even above our families. That is the call of true faith, of true discipleship, of true love of Jesus Christ. It may cause some division, some pain to suffer in houses divided, and fathers against sons. The Truth will come out though in the end through the purification of the blazing fire as the love of God and our love for Him is found in all we are and all we do.

 


Offer It Up!   Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Romans 6:12-18

Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves,
you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

 

We are slaves to any number of things or devices: pick one or pick many, from cell phones to televisions, from laptops to game centers, even from obsessions to addictions. We are slaves to what owns us, not what we think we ‘own.’

 

Paul writes how that enslavement often leads to the entrapment of sin, and how then we become slaves to sin. Even though we were cleansed of sin in our baptism, as long as we are mortals, we are subject to the temptation, the falling and the ‘hold’ that sin can have on and over us—if we allow it. That is the ever proverbial if. For if we were to submit to God what He would have us do, then sin would be less the issue. But we sometimes choose to be ‘obedient to the law of our bodies’, so to speak, and not live under the grace of God. That is where our choices come in—free will—and we have that opportunity to all we are in all our capacities to God.

 

God’s grace allows us the freedom to live in peace. In His Love and in His mercy. And we do so by living a life in His light, out of the darkness of sin. It is not a ‘once saved and do as we please’ sort of deal. We cannot have both the grace and the sin at the same time—though even in our sinfulness, He is always with us. We need to come back to Him in a state of repentance and contrition to feel that love and grace even more.

 

That brings about our transformation, our daily conversion as we commit our lives and our hearts to living a life full of grace. The more good we live, the better witness we become, the person who God has ultimately called and challenged us to be.

 
 


Offer It Up!   Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Luke 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”

 

Be Prepared!

 

If I remember correctly, this is the Boy Scout motto. In today's gospel we find a parallel to that motto. Did the Boy Scouts get it from Luke's Gospel? Probably not, but Jesus still reminds the disciples in Luke's gospel to be prepared for His Second Coming.

 

By the time Luke's Gospel was written and communicated, the early Christians were already aware of the delay of Jesus Second Coming and probably were beginning to relax their efforts a little. Here we are 2000 years later and we await the Lord's Second Coming and the parable it seems to me should have even more persuasive meaning. 

 

Be prepared!

 

The Lord will come like a thief in the night! Each of us in our Christian walk should be aware of the need to keep Jesus at the center of our life. I wonder, do we speak and think of Him meaningfully and always? How would you answer if asked, "Who is Jesus Christ to you?" Think of your conversations with other Catholics and ask yourself how often Jesus is the topic of conversation. We speak of Church and rules, commandments and dogmas and beliefs—on and on. But the person of Jesus Christ: who is He to you?

Deacon





Offer It Up!   Monday, October 21, 2013

What is it in your life that you could not do without? As you look at your present status in life what is most important to you? Take time to really think about this honestly, look at where your heart is. Where your heart is ...there is you treasure.

 

Today we hear Jesus telling us a parable of a man, perhaps me, who is looking for a place where he can store all he has amassed so far in life. A little like needing to rent some self-storage space. You know those places constantly being built for persons to store their excess baggage...

 

As we look at our lives and our possessions we can be jolted into a realization that despite our efforts to live as disciples of Jesus, we often miss the mark and are disciples of the self, trying to satisfy our own desires.

 

Each day the opportunities are placed in our path to cooperate with the Creator of life and goodness who, moment by moment, is continuing the act of creation.  In some small way each of us are part of the act of creation if we are willing to bend to the will of Our Father.

 

Each day we are present at Calvary, we come together and enter into the great mystery of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. We receive the gift of His body and blood, are transformed in that union with Him. Can we grasp the reality? Are we so trapped in time that we do not in faith realize the eternal ‘now’ of this great mystery?

 

Today spend some moments in silent observation of this mystery that envelops you and all of us. Stand with Mary at the foot of the cross and give all to Him who loves beyond all understanding. Who forgives beyond all understanding! Who invites us to be with Him forever!  Do we understand FOREVER?

Deacon





Offer It Up!   Sunday, October 20, 2013

Persistence from Moses and the Israelites in battle

Persistence from Paul whether convenient or inconvenient.

Persistence from the widow.

 

From Exodus to 1 Timothy to Luke, we are called to be persistent in our journeys. Be they good times or times of tribulation, we are to be mindful that we are not alone in our prayer life. As we join our prayers and petitions with theirs, God hears them all and answers them all. We may tire in our pursuit, as did Moses with his arms. We may choose to look beyond what we have learned from sacred Scripture and live on our own ‘accord’. We may even try as the judge did and be unwilling to bend to what God would have us do? What if He were the widow? Sr. Melannie Svoboda used that contrast some years ago and likened God to pursuing us, refusing to give up on us till we came to Him, until in fact, we learn to love. Nice touch.

 

This path brings us closer to God, serving Him and those in our lives as He would have us. As we submit, He will provide to us the strength and courage and love to carry out His mission. What happens is a matching of wills: His with ours and our way with His. Is that not the way it should be anyway?




Offer It Up!   Saturday, October 19, 2013

Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

 

Of course we are to recognize and acknowledge our faith in Christ Jesus. Elsewhere in scriptures we are told that we are to deny ourselves, pick up our crosses and follow Christ. But to deny Christ is to deny ourselves the grace He wants us to have in Him and with Him.

 

As noted in the Gospel, we are not without a path of reconciliation when we fail; we do have that opportunity to reconcile with one another and with Jesus Christ. It’s when we choose not to, it’s when we choose to let our ego rule our lives and not our faith, that is when we live in the darkness of sin.

 

Our ego, our control; our control, our darkness. When that changes and we put our lives back in the Light of Christ, we’ll see that His control works far better than anything we can muster on our own. Let us pray that we continue to grow then toward a greater knowledge, understanding and wisdom of His plan for us.




Offer It Up!   Friday, October 18, 2013
 

Luke 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’


If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”

 

As Jesus appointed those first seventy-two those two thousand years ago, there are more than a few thousand groups of ‘seventy-twos’ today, in all sorts of orders, families and churches, spreading His Good News. Even as He went on to say then with the harvest great and the laborers few, it is true today that though we may have many proclaiming His Word, we have yet many more to reach; many more to bring the Light of Christ to; many more to bring from the darkness of unbelief to the light of believing in Christ Jesus.

 

There will be persecution, the lambs among the wolves.

There will be times of hunger, no money, no sack.

There will be loneliness and emptiness, no one to meet or greet along the way.

 

Above all, He reminds them and us to bring peace to all the households we enter. For the kingdom of God as at hand for them and for us all.

 


Offer It Up!   Thursday, October 17, 2013

 

Philippians 3:17-21, 4:1

Join with others in being imitators of me,brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us.For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved.

 

 

On the surface, when we watch others for the purpose of imitating them, it should not take much to do the same as they do. Walk this way, do as I say, step by step, visual learning and seeing and doing, we could model ourselves after anyone we would choose. The basics would be there at the beginning but to really follow and do as they do, we would have to practice and practice and practice. Not so much to be perfect but more to be permanent.

 

Paul identified those who practiced following a god who was in their stomachs; their minds taken up with things of the earth and the accompanying shame they would have accordingly. Not hard to do today with the availability of materialism and me-tooism and the readiness of some to change their minds and their mentors, their ‘role models’ and take up with these lesser gods and ‘earthly things.’

 

Yet what of us? What of our citizenship that Paul speaks about? What about the unconditional love that Jesus pours out for us—even for those that choose to go the way of the world—that helps keep us living a life as we have been called? His unconditional love remains with us as it does with them. As we have been converted and live, so can those who have turned away, no matter how many times they have—or we have—Jesus will be there in love.

 

Love—agape love—and do what you like.

St Augustine

 
 
 

Offer It Up!   Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 

Romans 2:11

There is no partiality with God.

 

Who are we to judge? Who are we to say that one is ‘this’ or one is ‘that’ sort of non-compliant in any sort of way? Since when are we qualified to be the ‘judger of hearts’ when it’s our own hearts that could use the most judgment to begin with?

 

As much as we would often like to think, God does not like us ‘best’ just because we say He does. There is a lot more to go with our prayers and our supplications that would have Him keep us in His graces. He gives us the free will to stay with Him in that state, which is both somewhat of a burden and a gift at the same time.

 

A burden in that we could let it weigh heavily on us if we continue to choose those things that are against our beliefs and expect to get by with them. If we regard ourselves as good and practicing Catholics, that does not mean we do the practicing on a part-time basis, as it is convenient or only when we have to show it in front of others. Nope, not a good thing. If God were to show some partiality, one could imagine He would show it there.

 

The gift of free will shows itself best when we put our lives in the position to be as God has called us to be. That means utilizing our gifts, our talents and our treasures to the extent we are capable. To be and do good. No, it is not such an easy task in the face of those who choose to do otherwise. Those that are living the seemingly large life and imposing their will and agenda on those of us who choose to follow God’s will and not our own.

 

Romans 2:7-10

…eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon every human being who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Jew first and then Greek.    

As we approach the final weeks of the Year of Faith, we are blessed with the consecration of the World to Mary, the Mother of God. Pope Francis last Sunday on the 13th of October consecrated the world to Mary. She is our model in faith—par excellence, and we would do well to be devoted to Our Mother and seek her  guidance as we ask her to lead us to Jesus.

 

Recently many men were offered and took the opportunity to Pray the Rosary for 33 days. Many likely have become “pray-ers”, devoted to praying the rosary daily. For any who may read this I encourage you to discover or re-discover the  practice of praying the rosary and meditating on the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. If you need help on How to  pray the Rosary go toWWW.realmenpraytherosary.org. Prayer will be the answer to many ills in the world.  We look for solutions to problems and the answers will come beginning with individual conversions.  It all begins with each of us coming to the realization of who we are in God’s sight, in God’s creative plan. Too easily we become our own gods, and forget that we are creatures, created by God for a purpose. 

 

How can we discover the mystery of who we are unless we are willing to dialog with Him who gave us life.  Why not start right now?  Stop.  Enter into the silence of your own room and be with Love.

Deacon

 


Offer It Up!   Monday, October 14, 2013

Romans 1:5-7

Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

As we have ‘received the grace of apsostleship,’ so have we been called to live out our lives of holiness. Indeed, as Paul was sent, so have we been to proclaim the gospel not just in word but most importantly in how we live. The Good News of salvation should been seen in the goodness of our lives as evidence of our own work toward redemption.

 

Being of one particular belief, being Catholic even, will not get our ticket punched through to heaven. It takes an active faith and belief that puts into practice all we have been faithfully taught and learned, all we have seen and understood, all we have heard and heeded and accepted as the Good News. No cafeteria selection as we pick and choose what to live with, what we think we can live without.

 

Paul speaks elsewhere of ‘not having already attained it’ (Philippians) what maturity he needs but he is in constant pursuit of it with hope that he may someday attain it. The same is true for us and our own salvation. Through our baptism we were cleansed of our original sin that opened the door for our saving grace and salvation. Through following God’s will, we can put ourselves in a better position to receive His grace and mature in our faith so that we may attain our eternal salvation.

 


Offer It Up!   Sunday, October 13, 2013

The past several days have found us doing things-serving others, including myself-while on vacation and tending to obligations that kept these pages from being served. To the extent that anyone may have been missing the daily updates, we apologize and hope to see you around again. Yet all along we have learned as we continue our journey of faith that we need to put ourselves in that position that God calls us to serve. We do so by using those talents and gifts He has blessed upon us for His greater glory and the well-being of others. 

Some might say these pages are one of those ways... and 'okay' and thank you by that. And yet again, we all must be available and willing to hear His call and to drop any and all things as we are called to do other service, use other gifts, no matter how 'valuable' we might think or deem our current path would be to us. In a spiritually-based context, 'duty calls', might be the shorter answer.

That being said, we're back. As we continue to give and offer ourselves to God, we'll be here and hope you'll be as well. May the peace of Christ be with us all.



Offer It Up! Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Happy Birthday Johnny!
In today's Gospel as Jesus passes through Samaria on the way to Jerusalem, the apostles James and John offer to call down fire and brimstone on a town which does not welcome Jesus. Their disagreements religiously lead them to not welcome Jesus in their midst. The apostles response is dire, practically to attack and destroy.
 
As we listen and observe their actions, can we not see as in a mirror, our own reactions to events in our lives? How often have I reacted unfavorably to others who dare disagree with me, and, Jesus rebukes me as well?
 
Today we can take the Gospel to heart and observe our own attitudes and reactions toward others. Let the love of Jesus guide us in all things that we may see in one another the Oneness of God, and experience His love.
Deacon

For St. Therese of Lisieux... the Little Flower
Today the Church celebrates her life--the Patron Saint of missions! Let us all pray to her to intercede for us, so that the small work we do for those in need will be fruitful ! And that she will help us to always find the courage we need when the weakness comes around.
She said that we can not let our weakness lead us to fall into mediocrity; let us continue on so that we live to love and the ways for us to do that are small steps with love!   ls