Pride

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I’ve heard that the greatest of all sins is pride – because every other sin, in some way, is built on that foundation of sand.

When I look around my life, I see pride crop up everyplace, to the point where I can become disheartened.

The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged.

Psalm 34:18
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Journey

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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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Humility

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Being humble is easy to talk about, but not to do.

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
 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.

Sirach 3:17-20

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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Poor banished children

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Jesus warned us that the door to heaven is very narrow.

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
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.

Luke 13:22-25

I could despair of ever being able to get there!

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Mary, Queen of Heaven

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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.

Come to my aid!

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There are times when my faith falters.

R. Lord, come to my aid!
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!

Psalm 40:14b, 40:3

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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Mary’s Assumption

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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.

19 God’s temple in heaven was opened,
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.”

Rev 11:19a; 12:1, 5, 10ab
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The Kingdom

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“Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”

Luke 12:31-32

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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