It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:8-10
This concept gives me pause.
If we are God’s handiwork, then that means that I myself am God’s work. And since God is perfect, then he intentionally created me as I am.
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. John 14:27
Our world certainly doesn’t seem peaceful. The news is more and more stressful every day, trying to drive me nuts.
Time to check out of the daily disaster feed and return to my Rock, my Savior.
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The metaphor of sheep and shepherd keeps cropping up in Jesus’ teachings.
When I first noticed this, it almost seemed offensive. After all, people keep telling me that sheep are rather stupid, and without a shepherd they’d quickly devolve into chaos.
OK, that’s maybe a little more accurate than I had hoped.
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Today we commemorate Jesus’ final entry into the holy city. This is such a powerful event, much more than any normal historical significance.
Jerusalem is an epicenter of faith for all the Abrahamic religions. It signifies our paths toward God, just as He led the Jews toward union with Him here on earth.
In my mind, it signifies that we´re ALL on a journey to God, and our goal is to meet Him in the next life.
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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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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For a while now, I’ve been praying my Rosary totally inside my head. Of course there’s the guilt … maybe I’m doing it wrong!
But I also know that God is in everything, and silent prayer is a powerful part of our tradition. So I figure that God, Mary, Jesus and the saints can hear me even when it’s just in my head.
What’s interesting is that I find it MUCH harder to stay on track when it’s just in my head. I lose the thread quite easily, and even switch from one prayer to another right in the middle.
So it’s good mental discipline for me to try to stay focused as much as I would if I were speaking out loud.
And I do need discipline and focus in my prayer life.
Today is a powerful event – simultaneous prayers across the country organized by Rosary Coast to Coast. I hope you’re planning to take advantage of this at:
- 4:00pm Eastern
- 3:00pm Central
- 2:00pm Mountain
- 1:00pm Pacific
- 11:00am Alaska
- 9:00am Hawai’i
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Today’s readings contain powerful messages of people being healed. By Jesus, by God, by the Apostles.
Because all of us are broken. Whether it’s visible or not.
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Our Blessed Mother is the embodiment of a soft heart. That’s something I strive for, but it’s difficult.
It’s not about being soft, letting others walk over me. Mary is a wonderful example, of someone who never took her eyes off her life purpose.
Even when it meant the death of her Son.
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