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Again, are these forty days and nights that I should attempt to correct preconceived notions and surrender ‘my will?’ A journey to deface idols, stamp out shadows and clear tears of remorse…yes, Lord.
I continually discover that Lent builds on itself as stepping stones seeking answers and comfort from God…always to realize that He loves me for who I am and not for what I do. Christ’s heart is always ‘moved with pity’ for genuine repentance. This is true for everyone.
“I am like a growing olive tree, in the house of God; I trust in the goodness of God forever.” –Psalm 52:8
May this Lenten campaign truly achieve ‘a clean heart’ in everyone’s soul.
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The folds of mercy
Wider than all the oceans
Those pleading are heard
“O, Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call.”
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The conversion of Paul as Apostle is a remarkable story that always takes me back to my personal conversion so many years ago…and that conversion must be fearlessly ongoing to the end.
“Open my eyes to see clearly the wonders of your teachings.”
Lord, every day knock me down from my spiritual high horse so that I may see God.
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Saint Monica is a prayer warrior…and from her I’ve learned a better way to pray by what she said:
“Ambrose is an angel of God for my Augustine.”
Like most people, I pray for those who do not believe in God. Monica’s efforts towards her family, especially Augustine, was heroic because she asked God to send an appropriate angel to step in to help, and Saint Ambrose won him over as a great saint.
Let us pray for angels who can assist those in harm’s way through the people around them.
Thank you dear Monica and Ambrose for your guiding light.
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Why is Love the best cure? Because a dose of Love is the best spiritual cure.
“Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming.
“The greatest thing you can give yourself is freedom from what others think. Suffering is not holding you, you are holding suffering.”
“For me, Jesus’ thirst is something so intimate.”
The question here, do you hear your own name at Jesus’ thirsting? Is he saying more than “I love you?’
“Until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you, you can’t begin to know who he wants to be for you. Or who he wants you to be for him. Hear him. Hear your own name. Make my joy and yours complete.”
–Saint Teresa of Calcutta
I wish you a blessed new week.