Monthly Archives: April 2011

the weight of the blessings

“So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.”
via USCCB | NAB – April 29, 2011.

Here’s how it goes…we pray for a particular blessing…the Lord provides (and then some) and then at some point the ‘blessing’ starts to get heavy and feel like a burden. Here’s the good news…if it is indeed from the Lord (as all good things are) we may need to drag our net a bit, but it won’t break.

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Eucharist amid the brokeness…

“The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.”

via USCCB | NAB – April 28, 2011.

Office of Readings

“Who indeed can harm you if you are committed deeply to doing what is right? Even if you should have to suffer for justice’ sake, happy will you be. “Fear not and do not stand in awe of what this people fears.” Venerate the Lord, that is, Christ, in your hearts.”

It can be so difficult when the Lord allows ‘brokeness’…in the world around us, in our families, in our selves. But if we stay focused on the things that are really important. Caring for and protecting those things that the Lord has entrusted to us specifically. Then we gain some perspective. We come to recognize Him and His will for us in all the crazyness and broken pieces. It is now that we ourselves become ‘Eucharist’ and can help to feed others.

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Voice Of Truth

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He walks with us…

“And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.”

May our words always glorify the Lord.

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Come to the table

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If it’s been a while since you’ve been to church…come! All are welcome!

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a call to serve

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A prophetic word to the weary…

“The Lord God has given me a well trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse thme.”

In today’s society this has become synonimous with ‘sweet talking’. Words that just tickle the ear of the recipient, but have no real enduring power…in fact it may lead to deeper bondange…sort of like a drug.  

Now let’s take a look at the Lord’s prophets, those that speak God’s truth in a timely manner regardless of how it may be received. Not a popular bunch by any means. Jesus Himself said that a prophet would not be accepted in his own country. Yet, we are in dire need of prophets. The Lord says that ‘my people are perishing for lack of knowledge’. Obviously it is not more cerebral stimulation that we need, but spiritual arousal. This generation no longer has knowledge of what sin is and what it does. Whenever anyone brings up a difficult issue, then the person is portrayed as ‘narrow minded’ or ‘old fashioned’…or even ‘unloving’. Like tickling someone’s ear as they rush off the cliff is the most loving thing that we can do.  And saying ‘STOP!’ you are going to die if you continue down this path…is hateful!

For one of the big issues that we are facing today check out the article at  Catholic Exchange » Cohabitators Exile Themselves from More Than Just One Sacrament » Print.

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Prayer

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Immaculate Mother of God, we know that God’s commandment of love and our vocation to follow Jesus Christ impels us to cooperate in the mission of the Church. Realizing our own weakness…we are confident that through God’s mercy and the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, you, who are our Mother, will obtain the strength of the Holy Spirit as you obtained it for the community of the apostles gathered in the upper room, Therefore, relying on your maternal intercession, we resolve from this moment to devote our talents, learning, material resources, our health, sickness and trials, and every gift of nature and grace, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all. Amen.

St. Vincent Pallotti

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I Will Choose Christ.

“Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.””

Doesn’t this just cut right to our soul? We know how much Peter loved Jesus, how could this happen? Well…how does it happen in our own lives? We, who vow to live and die for Him. We too turn away from Him and deny Him on a regular basis. I know that I do. None more apparent then on this Lenten Season. How many vows have I made to Him, only to ‘fall asleep’ and not follow through. Why would He EVER choose a bunch of fools like us to serve Him in any capacity?Peter…the same one mentioned above…will become the First Pope! What?! Doesn’t make sense…does it? But maybe, just maybe that is THE requirement for a life of Holiness…not accomplishing everything perfectly…that is God’s job. But being willing to try (and to fail) and being fully dependent on God’s grace (which requires us to know our own limitations).

“A willing and humble heart, I pray that you will find in me.”

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contemplative moments…in a busy, high tech world.

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“And I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord,
and my God is now my strength!”

Little moments throughout the day, given to Him…are returned to us in immeasurable ways. They are the moments that feed us and provide strength for our own particular jouney in life. I’ve heard it said (maybe Mother Teresa?) that if you are too busy to pray, then you are too busy! True, true, true.

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