It’s so discouraging to realize how inclined we are to sin and depravity. I guess this is the universal battle of what it means to be human.
Why did God set it up this way?
I’m starting to recognize that it’s about using my life to learn, to discover, to overcome, and to become the potential God has put within me.
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We all have periods of difficulty and bad situations.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
I seem to be going through a bit of that right now, which makes me anxious. Surely God wouldn’t want me to suffer?
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Being humble is easy to talk about, but not to do.
My child, conduct your affairs with humility,Sirach 3:17-20
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
For great is the power of the Lord;
by the humble He is glorified.
The way I think about it, humility isn’t about bargaining with God so that I can get the Big Payout at the end of my life. That isn’t humility all.
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Jesus warned us that the door to heaven is very narrow.
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,Luke 13:22-25
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
I could despair of ever being able to get there!
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Today is the celebration of Mary’s queenship. A particularly Catholic thing, for sure.
I was surprised to find out today that it was typical in ancient Israel for the mother of a King to be addressed as Queen. It’s not something I’m particularly familiar with, but it is an additional connection which is powerful.
And certainly Mary should hold a special position in our personal connection to God and Christ, right? Because she’s the first, most important disciple of God’s incarnation.
She’s the supreme model for all of us.
There are times when my faith falters.
R. Lord, come to my aid!Psalm 40:14b, 40:3
The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
he made firm my steps.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
Certainly there are times when I’m feeling tested by uncertainty and doubts. Perhaps not directly my faith in God, exactly, but more about how much I can trust Him to protect me through my trials.
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Today we remember and celebrate the Assumption of our Blessed Mother. Such a powerful and hope-filled doctrine of our faith!
This is when Mary, body and soul, was conveyed into heaven at the conclusion of her earthly journey. Yet it’s never mentioned directly in the Bible.
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19 God’s temple in heaven was opened,Rev 11:19a; 12:1, 5, 10ab
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
1 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
5 She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”
“Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31-32
Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus is speaking here not just to the twelve apostles, but to all His followers. Which means all of us who are working to follow His teachings.
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There are times when I must consider my own mortality. Because, in the end, I can’t take any of this with me.
At least not any material goods.
But it’s pretty clear from the Bible that my soul, my knowledge, and my relationships survive death. How exactly, I’m not sure.
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I love today’s Gospel, because it puts the Lord’s Prayer in context.
He said to them, “When you pray, say:Luke 11:2-4
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
So often I just fall into thinking of this prayer as a standalone thing. I want to talk to God, but I don’t know quite what to say, so I’ll rely on the formula I’ve been practicing since I was 3.
Or, in Mass, we want to pray together, so we rely on the form given to us by our liturgy.
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