Living in the Two Hearts

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Midweek Check-up…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 28, 2017


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

“Soon in these Gospels, Jesus will begin His great March on Jerusalem,…but before He goes to Jerusalem, Jesus has many other things to teach His disciples.  However, they simply refuse to listen to His prophecies of His Passion and Death, and what is really waiting for them in Jerusalem.  But they would never forget His teaching, and when these days of darkness are over, they will spend the rest of their lives bringing that teaching to the world.” ~ Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent.

Are we listening?  Or are we like Jesus’ first disciples, too preoccupied with the coming Kingdom and the glory that will mean for us?

This is the time we have for PREPARATION, because soon, oh so very soon, it will be the time to follow into our Lord’s Passion and Death:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.  The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh. ~ CCC§675

This is largely why it is of utmost importance to really TRY this Lent to reform our lives, beginning one habit at a time.  Did you know, that when a life begins the task of reformation it then undergoes transformation ?  Think about it!  When we begin to change our ways, our habits, and those very things which, unhappily, prevent us from doing God’s Will, suddenly those things become very unimportant as our eyes are opened, LOVE is restored, and holiness becomes the desire of our heart.

When this occurs, then your faith becomes the object of growth and NEW LIFE springs forth.  Translation: You begin to LIVE your faith, practice what you preach, and teach others what you believe.

St James reminds us of the vanity of not practicing our faith when he wrote…

My brothers [and sisters], what good is it to profess faith without practicing it?  SUCH FAITH HAS NO POWER TO SAVE ONE, has it?  If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them, “Good-bye and good luck!  Keep warm and well fed,” but do not meet their bodily needs, WHAT GOOD IS THAT?  So it is with the faith that does nothing in practice.  IT IS THOROUGHLY LIFELESS…Show me your faith without works, and I [by my works will show you my faith]! ~James 2: 14-16, Evening Prayer, First Week of Lent, and [RSV]; emphasis added.

So, now the question: How has God Blessed You and Made You Holy?  How many times have YOU called out to God, acknowledging that you can do NOTHING without Him? If you can respond with, “At least a few times”, well done! Hopefully you can respond with more than “a few times”.

I do so sincerely pray that this time of preparation brings about GREAT GRACES within YOUR life.  That others also notice the change(s) in your life.  AND THAT encourages them to do the same.  For it is in the receiving of GRACE that GRACE then is able to flow from you to others.  Kind of like that “pay it forward” idea.  But always remember, you cannot give what you do not have.  So…

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” ~Mt 7: 7-8

LET US PRAY: Lord, I can do NOTHING without You!  Bless me and make me Holy!

Need the skinny again on what Lent is all about?  Visit here and read on…

Further Recommended Reading:

A Tale of Five Popes and a Great Ship

Hosea 6

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

4 Responses to “Midweek Check-up…”

  1. Blessings to You in Abundance, Anne Elizabeth,

    And a very Heartfelt Thank You for Everything You bring up in Your Website!
    I am only beginning to build my Website, so don’t wonder, it is onle 3 days old, and not finished, but I want to bring similar Thoughts in to my “Inspiration” Subject!
    Your Words are Food for our Souls, and so many People forget their Soul, I can’t wait till I get the next one, it is so inspiring, and full of Truth!

    Thank You and May God Bless You in Abundance ina Special Way, every day of your Life!

    Warm Wishes

    Christine Lammermann

    • Anne Elizabeth said

      Christine, thank you for those words of gratitude and kindness for the efforts made on this website. I took a quick visit to yours…I like your sunflower pic on your header. Very friendly and inviting. In all things that we do, give ALL GLORY TO GOD and He WILL bless your endeavors! If you need more food for your soul, I highly recommend Mark’s site:


      ~Anne Elizabeth =-)

  2. Cindy Mast said

    Dear Anne—one of your best yet! Everything you said sure hit home for me today. God’s richest Blessings to you during your Lenten journey. Cindy

    • Anne Elizabeth said

      Cindy, thank you for your every so kind words! I’m grateful to hear that God’s work is helping those whom He brings to this small ministry, as St Paul so adequately said, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, and incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same LOVE, being full accord and of one mind…Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…holding fast the WORD of LIFE, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” ~Philip 2: 1-2, 12, 16.

      May God continue to Bless you and your family on this Lenten journey, as well!

      Much Love in the Two Hearts!
      ~Anne Elizabeth

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