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Midweek Check-up…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 28, 2017

CHECK-UP!

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

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A Great “Food for Thought”…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 6, 2009

It is amazing how we can become adjusted to the dark. Whether it’s the gradual shift from evening to nighttime or the way we grope around when we first enter an unlit room, we gradually become accustomed to the darkness and find some way to keep functioning.

We accept the limitations of the darkness and muddle through the best we can.

What a powerful metaphor for the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Long-standing or repeated sin can create a gathering darkness in our hearts that keeps us stumbling through life, muddling through the best we can. But this isn’t God’s desire for us. Through Confession, he invites us to step out of that darkness and into his glorious light.

We may think that we are doing okay in the darkness because we are accustomed to it. We have learned how to cope with it, and our lives seem to go on unhindered. So why bother dredging up the sin? Why bother trying to change? Because life is so much easier in the light. Because staying in the darkness limits our freedom and places a heavy shroud over our relationship with God. Just as we would be foolish to choose the unending darkness of night or an unlit room, we would not want to live in the guilt and shame of sin.

But there’s more to the Sacrament of Reconciliation than simply receiving God’s forgiveness. Confession also opens us to his healing power. Whatever our “sickness” is—whatever mind-sets we have that keep us distant from the Lord—Jesus wants to heal us, just as he healed the physical sicknesses of those who came to him. Scripture calls these mind-sets strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). In fact, there is a strong link between being forgiven for individual sins and seeing these sinful strongholds weakened or destroyed.

The good news is that the kingdom of heaven is at hand! It is there for anyone who steps out of the darkness of sin and into the light of God’s love and mercy. And it all begins with a few simple words: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…”

“Holy Spirit, give me a soft heart that is ready to repent and to know the outpouring of mercy that you have for me.”

Courtesy of Word among us publication, Monday Meditation, Jan 5, 2009

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