I realize that many of my prayers are invocations. Pleading.
I often forget to be grateful for everything I’ve been given in my life. So starting with this Lent, I’ going to begin my prayers with gratitude.
It’s simple: “Thank you, Lord, for your generous love.”
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I firmly believe that we’re here to help each other.
There are many times when it feels like I’m on a lonely journey, it’s about ME finding my holy path and getting to heaven. But Jesus made it clear that it’s not just about loving God, but loving each other.
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Love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. — Luke 27:37
Blessed are those who ….
In today’s Gospel, we have the amazing Beatitudes. Some say that these are the most powerful and deep teachings of Christ, even more fundamental than miracles and forgiveness and love.
It’s hard for me to say.
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But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective. — 1 Cor 15:10
It’s a challenge to let God work in my life. And I realize that this is a common journey for most everyone. We want to be in control.
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As I’ve been praying the rosary in recent years, I’ve consistently worried about my lack of focus. Sure, if I’m saying it as part of a group before Mass, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the prayers.
By myself? I get distracted. All the time.
But I came to a powerful realization this morning: The ideas and worries that I wake up with are God speaking to me.
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Today is such a powerful celebration. Really, the final event in the story of Christmas. Infants were to be consecrated to God forty days after their birth, so here we are. 40 days, February 2nd.
One of the most beautiful parts of today’s readings are what we call the Canticle of Simeon:
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Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.
“I’ll pray for you.” “Please pray for us.”
I find this a little curious, because we do this all the time. We’re not saying exactly what we’re praying for, or even what we’re praying about. So it’s easy to say, but perhaps not as focusing as we’d like to think.
That’s why I like to pray for something more specific.
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We’ve heard the story so many times that it ceases to amaze us. Yeah, water into wine. Nice trick.
It was Jesus’ first miracle that we know of. But this amazing event had so many other powerful connections for me!
Our own wedding 40 years ago was such a powerful sacrament. I wasn’t Catholic at the time, but it really drew us closer to God and His Church.
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We just jumped ahead thirty years in a single week. We’re now celebrating Jesus’ baptism, which happened at the beginning of His ministry.
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After all the people had been baptized Luke 3: 21-22
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”
Today is the culmination of our Church Year, the feast of Christ the King.
It doesn’t seem that we relate much to monarchy in this country, so the concept of “King” seems distant, even quaint. It’s more like putting our Lord up on a pedestal of glory and honor.
Which is fine, I suppose, but it doesn’t really grab me. It might even cause me to distance myself from Christ.
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