Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

We Continue to Prepare…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 24, 2012

A profound moment…

Updated: Evening Prayer, Wednesday, Week I- bottom of the page

Before I start this reflection, I want to share a profound answer I received yesterday when I asked the Lord a silly question…

Believe it or not, I asked, “How come that which was imminent to happen this summer DIDN’T happen?”

And my Father gently pat me on my head (He has such great patience with me) and said, “My child, did you not encourage others to return to Me through prayer and fasting?  Does not the scripture read, ‘If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ ?  Why then are you surprised when the chastisement, that is upon mankind for their grievous sins against heaven, is lessened ?  Is that not what these prayers are for?”

I shook my head and laughed at myself with the reply of, “Oh duh!” 

Yes!  The call to return to prayer and fasting will lessen the chastisement – NOT abate it!  For these sins (placing man above God; murder of the unborn, aged, helpless; promoting the disordered lifestyle of homosexuality as normal and acceptable, especially in the eyes of God), cannot be remitted by prayer and fasting alone. 

We, the people of God and the people of the earth must answer for these sins.  We have brought God’s judgment down upon ourselves.  But as I wrote in the last post, God’s judgment is tempered with MERCY, and that MERCY will increase with every instance of sincere repentance, prayer, and fasting.

On that note…

On that note…

We continue with the LIVING READING as presented in the Christian Prayer, 4 week Psalter, with readings ever so “Relevant to Today”.  These readings seem to me as preparatory for the coming days.  Just as the Christians of old were prepared for the fall of Jerusalem, so is God preparing His people for the collapse of everything we know…

A brief thought… notice how the verbiage “Western World” is rarely if ever used these days?  Could this be a sign for the times?

Yet, as everything around us collapses, those who are truly following Christ should notice how – even in chaos – our inner peace remains undisturbed. 

Why?  Very simple!  Because as Followers of Christ we are prepared to follow our Crucified Lord in to His Passion and Death because we KNOW the Resurrection WILL FOLLOW.

God is in command of EVERYTHING in heaven and on earth, and NOTHING will occur without His “say-so”.  Men’s hearts have grown cold and sin increases greatly, more than ever before, yet St. Paul reminds us that all is not lost:

…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace might also reign through righteousness through eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~Romans 5: 20b-21

Though we have brought the hand of judgment upon us, it is also important to remember that God chastises those whom He loves (cf Hebrews 12: 6, 7b, 8), so our destruction will not be utter and He will NOT abandon His people during this time:

If we have died with Him we shall also live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself.  ~2Tim 2: 11-13

Thus we cling to the TRUTH that God has the FINAL VICTORY… HE IS LOVE … His Justice is tempered with MERCY … and those who seek after Him with a sincere heart full of repentance will receive FORGIVENESS in abundance…This is a reminder of how we can make it through the days before us.

“If My people would humble themselves and pray…”

Christian Prayer: Tuesday, Week IV, Evening Prayer : READING: Col 3: 15-17 (emphasis added, with additional commentary)

[Brothers and Sisters] Christ’s peace must reign in your hearts, since as members of the ONE BODY you have been called to that peace.  Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness

The Greek word for giving thanks is – Eucharist.  The dedicating oneself to giving thanks is to participate in the Eucharist, a.k.a. the celebration of the Holy Mass which includes Daily Mass if your schedule allows it!

Let the Word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you…

When we attend the Holy Mass we hear the Word of God in the readings and in the Gospel.

In wisdom made perfect, instruct and admonish one another…

Evening catechisis outside of Mass hours is an excellent way to do this.  Does your parish host evening classes for adults and children that teach the faith?  Or maybe start a study of your own on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or pick a book out of the bible and make that your study?  There are a lot of good resources available out there to make your endeavor fulfilling and successful.

Sing gratefully to God from your hearts in psalms, hymns, and inspired songs…

Boy, that sure sounds a lot like the Christian PrayerAre you praying the Liturgy of the Hours yet?  Why not give that a try?  It has the psalms, hymns, and inspired songs throughout and for the hours found throughout the day.

Whatever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Give thanks to God the Father through Him.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: I shall know the fullness of JOY when I see Your face, O Lord.

Ask yourself: What does “sincere repentance” look like?  Do I have it, or am I just fooling myself?  Remember, God knows the heart…

Christian Prayer: Wednesday, Week IV, Evening Prayer : READING: 1Jn 2: 3-6 (emphasis added, with commentary)

The way we can be sure of our knowledge of Christ is to keep His commandments.  The man who claims, “I have known Him,” without keeping His commandments, IS A LIAR; in such a one there is no truth.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 

And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And the second is like it.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself…”

~Mt 22: 36-39

But whoever keeps His Word, truly has the love of God been made perfect in him. The way we can be sure we are in union with Him is for the man who claims to abide in Him to conduct himself just as He did.

Refer back to the Greatest Commandment and the Second one like it!…

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

Always remember, Our Hope is in the Lord, for He has the FINAL VICTORY!

Christian Prayer: Thursday, Week IV, Morning Prayer : READING: Romans 8: 18-21 (emphasis added)

The sufferings of the present are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us.  Indeed, the whole created world eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God.

Creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord, but by Him who once subjected it; yet not without hope, because the world itself will be freed from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: In the early hours of the morning, I think of you, O Lord.

Christian Prayer: Saturday, Week IV, Morning : READING: 2Peter 3: 13-15a (emphasis added, with commentary)

What we await are the new heavens and a new earth where, according to His promise, the Justice of God will reside.

So, beloved, while waiting for this, make every effort to be found without stain or defilement, and at peace in His sight.  Consider that our Lord’s patience is directed toward salvation.

***And in particular, OUR SALVATION!***

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: It is my joy, O God, to praise You with song!

Let him who has ears hear…

 

Christian Prayer: Wednesday, Week I, Evening Prayer : READING: James 1: 19-23 (emphasis added, with commentary)

Keep this in mind, dear brothers [and sisters].  Let [everyone] be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for a man’s anger does not fulfill God’s Justice. 

Strip away all that is filthy, ever vicious excess.  Humbly welcome the Word that has taken root in you, with Its power to save youAct on this Word.  If all you do is listen to it, you are deceiving yourselves.

A man who listens to God’s Word but does not put into practice is like a man who looks into a mirror at the face he was born with:  he looks at himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.

There is, on the other hand, the man who peers into freedom’s ideal law

That is the Law of God!

and abides by it. He is no forgetful listener, but one who carries out the Law in practice

You must LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart
all your mind, and all your soul…

You must LOVE your neighbor as yourself. (cf Mt 22: 37-39)

Blest will this man be in whatever he does!

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: Claim me once more as Your own, Lord, and have mercy on me.

Recommended Reading:

Mercy in Chaos
I Will Be Your Refuge

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