A letter from Saint Paul to the Romans 8; 35,37-39
Brothers and Sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness or peril or the sword? 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, no depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Taken from the Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Mass for Sunday, 8/31/2011.
What beautiful words to live by and trust in, AMEN! Thank you St. Paul! :)
On the very morning of the passing of one of my favorite artists, Amy Winehouse, I felt the need to pray for Lost Souls with such force that I wondered where it came from. It was as if the Holy Spirit was impressing upon me the need to “pray without ceasing” and to do so immediately. No sooner had I checked my phone, that I realized I had a text telling me she had been found dead. Now, I didn’t know Amy personally, of course, but nevertheless as a Christian/Catholic and as a fellow former tortured soul, I felt a certain kinship to her. In fact, some of the headlines have read how much Ms. Amy suffered from her own demons and how she struggled with a drug addiction and eating disorder. The secular media throws words around like demons, as if its just an idea and not a reality. We are lead to believe that such things don’t exist. There continues to be speculation about just how she died, yet, no one is really surprised. She lead a roller coaster life. And she lead it in public. She became yet another promising young artist who died well before their time and she has drawn attention to just how someone who seemingly has it all can be lead to a life of disarray so as to leave this earth with questions unanswered.
So, why do we care? It’s just another tortured artist, right? What are we as Christians if we care only for those who live the straight and narrow path? Didn’t Jesus come to save the sinner not the righteous? As soldiers in the army of God, we are to fight! Are weapons are not those of metal and copper but in prayer and sacrifice and the Word of God. The power of prayer is so underrated in our society, for if we truly utilized this gift it would transform the world! Sacrifice or Penance is so liberating that if we were all to give up something each day it would result in untold grace upon the world that you wouldn’t recognize it anymore. The Word of God is like a knife to the evil one that he recoils such that if we knew it better and could treat it as a trusted loved one that it would result in such a breakdown of the veil of deceit that plagues our world we would be shocked.
Given the power in these spiritual tools is it any wonder that such treasures are mocked or ignored or banned in some countries and secular establishments. If these weapons of war( spiritual war) work to our benefit, how much more will they do so for those whom we pray for, especially those farthest away from God. Souls like Amy need our prayers. Even more so in life than in death. I wasn’t always such a die-hard, bible thumping, Jesus Freak…I have to believe that someone was praying for me when I was farthest away from God and helped to bring me back to the fold. It is said that Jesus once said that Heaven rejoices when just one sinner returns to the fold. We owe it to our fellow brothers and sisters to work hard for their salvation, especially those who can’t or don’t know how to do it for themselves. God Bless you all! Shalom! :)
1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5. it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6. it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8. Love never ends;
as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; 10. but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. 11. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 13. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Such beautiful, spirit inspired words to live by, yet oh how we fail at times, sometimes our whole lives, to adhere to that which the Spirit of God truly desires…Peace be with you…AMEN! :)
Brothers and Sisters; The Spirit comes to the aid of our weaknesses; 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 accord to God’s will.
Romans 8: 26-27
Taken from the 2nd reading in today’s Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church
“The Church… intends to continue to raise her voice in defense of mankind, even when policies of States and the majority of public opinion moves in the opposite direction. Truth, indeed, draws strength from itself and not from the amount of consent it arouses.”— —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Vatican, March 20, 2006
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about just how twisted our world has become. Many of us live our lives completely unaware of the things of God and instead focus on the things of the world. We worry and concern ourselves with the latest trends in fashion, whether or not our favorite team is on top, which celebrity is seeing who, and where we can go on our next vacation. We are self-centered, ill tempered, morally corrupt, deceitful, and power hungry just to name a few. We are evil doers and we don’t even know it. We are seldom fed negative images of ourselves when we do wrong. Yet, we are blacklisted and vilified when we do what is right. Heaven forbid we should speak out against anything having to do with those who choose to live an alternative sexual lifestyle, or those who continue to see children in the womb as “blobs of tissue”. So what, if we choose to cheat on our spouses; as long as no one knows, no one gets hurt. We are a depraved society, desperately in need of help, but we don’t realize it. We go on about our lives, not giving a second thought to the quality of our souls. Many of us don’t even believe we have a soul. And that, Brothers and Sisters, would be a mistake! For the state of our souls should be a top priority in our minds and in our hearts. Not only because it offends God so, to see us living as we do, but, also because it will be that much harder for us to join Him in Eternal Life. God has impressed upon me and many others that He loves us very much and wants to spend eternity with us. Now is the time to reflect on His Word in the Most Holy Bible, now is the time to spend time with Him in the silence of your hearts, now is the time to change our evil ways and live a consecrated life. God bless you and May the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ infuse within you the desire to live in holiness, and to live in Love…AMEN! SHALOM! :)
“So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinner and purify your heart, you of two minds. Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”—James 4: 7-10
“Don’t get upset with your imperfections. It’s a great mistake because it leads nowhere - to get angry because you are angry, upset at being upset, depressed at being depressed, disappointed because you are disappointed. So don’t fool yourself. Simply surrender to the Power of God’s Love, which is always greater than our weakness.—-Said Beautiful! Thank you Saint Francis and a deeper love of our Lord… :)”—St. Francis De Sales (via thefullnessofthefaith)
“Don’t be discouraged if you do not see the good you do. Most of the time people are helped through obscurity, their hidden sacrifices, instead of the fervor of a clamorous apostolate. Above all, let us try to lay aside our own ego, for this is what ruins everything.”—Venerable Thecla Merlo (via fathershane)