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A Reflection on a reflection…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 12, 2008

Reflection: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 : Word Among Us, Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Occasionally I find passages within the daily reflections that I read that seem to “jump off the page” at me.  This post is one of those occasions.   If you desire to read the entire reflection, just follow the link on the sidebar to Word Among Us, choose Meditations, and then enter the above date in the required field.

We begin with…

Paul’s spiritual maturity was not something he achieved overnight but the fruit of a lifetime lived for Christ.”

To truly claim to be a Lover of God, one must be willing to TRUST ENTIRELY in Him in ALL circumstances and situations. 

“Through his willingness to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and follow wherever Jesus led him, Paul saw his faith deepen and become steadier…[through] decades of obedience and perseverance.”

Faith increases when it is used.  Faith can only be used when the “user” knows and understands what they need.  This knowing and understanding only comes from God – by the gift of the Holy Spirit who knows the mind of God (cf 1 Cor2:10). 

“We, too, have to take one step at a time, and those steps may be painful! … God is working His purpose in our lives!”

The term “growing pains” is not just analogous to youth becoming adults, but also to those “young” in their faith and who desire to mature in that faith.  For faithfulness, whether in marriage, in friendship, or with God, is practiced on a daily basis – moment by moment – with many successes but also with many failures.  Yet, without these failures, one cannot learn, one cannot change, one cannot grow.  By trying and failing we can “see” ourselves in the truest sense.  “What did I do wrong?” or “What can I do differently next time?” These questions and others like, it allow our broken selves to reach out and stretch for the answers provided for by God’s inexhaustible GRACE.  This grace then begins to fill in the gaps created by our stretching, and hardening into solid mass, the grace forms a “bone-like-structure” that allows us to “grow taller” in our Faith.  If we really allow ourselves to be broken – completely  broken – then God’s GRACE can fill us even more.  This literally means the miraculous is at work within us, and pretty soon we begin to understand the mind of God (in so much as our humanity allows) because the Holy Spirit resides with in us! 

“We’re…‘saints under construction’…”

You read correctly!  God’s grace can only sanctify us more and more each time we allow Him in.  The more sanctification we can receive while on earth, the closer we are to heaven.  The saints reign in heaven with Jesus the King and we on earth are called to this same inheritance.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to receive that inheritance immediately upon entering eternal life?  Inheritance comes to those who are ready to receive it.

…we have to take one step at a time…”

Rome was not built in a day, and neither are saints, “Unhappy saints are lost from the beginning.” 

“…spiritual maturity [is achieved over] a lifetime lived for Christ.”

Day by day, moment by moment, and step by careful step we make our way through this world to the gates of our Heavenly inheritance promised to us by our King.  With God’s continuous Love and outpouring of Grace, we are made able and ready to receive His Son’s gift upon entering eternity. 

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Importance of Prayer Part 3

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 8, 2008

Next on the list…reflections. 

All that information I provided about the biblical details concerning those specific prayers, Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, was in a way meant to start the mind a thinkin’ in the reflectatory style.  Yes, I do enjoy making up words. 😉

When we begin to think about what we are praying, then the words take on the actual meaning that was intended.  For instance, when we pray the Our Father it isn’t just for asking Him for our needs, but reminding us that our needs cannot be met unless we let go of our sinfulness and forgive those who sin against us.  By reflecting on those exact words, and doing so with scriptural and/or magisterial content, provides for us more than just “words”.  We now have profound meaning  and understanding.

Anytime God reveals His heart to us through revelation we have a chance to grow expediently both a human beings and as children of God.  Anytime we take the time to really reflect on what He has told us and continues to tell us we will always grow closer to our Creator.   This means that we will also become the people God intended us to be, or as one of my favorite author states, “We become the best version of ourselves.” ~Matthew Kelly

Prayer is powerful in that it can change the world by helping us to change ourselves.  So, for the next few days I am going to post in a Page some reflections that truly have helped me become that person God intended me to be.  These reflections should look familiar as they reflect around another type of prayer known as The Rosary.  Which for those visiting who do not know much about the Rosary, I’m also going to include a detailed page on  The Rosary. 

Prayer is powerful.  This prayer, and others like it, can a do affect change.  Pentecost is fast approaching.  Have you taken five minutes a day to pray the novena to the Holy Spirit?  If you have, reflect for 10 minutes or so, has it made a difference (big or small) in your life?  How?  Write that down, ponder it in your heart, do whatever it takes to remember the difference it has made. 

For me, personally.  Praying this novena – saying the prayer a few times a day – has helped me stay focused on what I’m doing each day.  It has certainly increased the daily communication with my Lord in ways that words cannot adequately express.  I’ve had many challenges this week.  But with this prayer/novena I’ve been given great focus and peace

If you have a similar experience, please consider sharing it.  You can e-mail it or post it in the comments.  To e-mail: livinginthetwohearts@yahoo.com  I truly would love to hear from you and to hear your story. 🙂

Be watching!  Those reflections will be up and running within the next few days.  Hopefully… 😉

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