Before I begin work today, I want to share with you an oberservation I had last night. I was watching Christian television and a lady was discussing sin and its consequences. When we acknowledge our sin and ask for forgiveness, the LORD forgives us.
First, Baptism is such a wonderful gift. We are cleansed. As a Catholic, I go to Reconciliation. I do this about every three months because we ALL sin and some of our sins we don’t even know…or they happen before we can stop ourselves (anger at a slow driver, hurt feelsings at home or work, etc.) I certainly don’t go around trying to sin, if you know what I mean. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs.
So this person on the television looked into the camera and I felt that this message was directly for me and she recited from memory a verse of Scripture from Proverbs 18: “you will eat the fruit of your mouth… ” I started thinking about my words and what they mean…about being genuine and representing God’s Word and love accurately. I pray I’ve done that and that I can do just that, especially with those who have deeply hurt me and my life. May He give us the grace to represent Him accurately ONLY and speak good things to grow ourselves and His kingdom here and now.
If you read today’s Gospel reading, or listened to it, then you were probably touched by Jesus’ healing of the man with an unclean spirit and the crowd’s amazement, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him” (Mark 1:21-28). The blessing here is that now Jesus is resurrected and because of His love and self-sacrifice, His disciples–that’s us–now have authority, too.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Mid-December was a special time for my family. My husband, son, and I traveled 600 miles away to attend my daughter’s college graduation ceremony. We celebrated her accomplishments thus far with family at a post-ceremony reception at a local beachfront resort. Continue reading
I was re-reading the story of Israel and his two wives–sisters who competed to have more sons than the other–this morning. If I have this right, the sisters’ dad deceived Israel in order to marry off both daughters–Leah and Rachel–then the two wives sought to have more sons than the other.
This morning started with a pretty cool experience. The Bible I left open on my sofa awaited. I took a second look at the story of the news of Samson’s birth in my New Jerusalem edition. “It is a name of wonder,” the angel answered Samson’s dad when asked his name. Continue reading
I went to the store last night to pick up a recipe ingredient and had a curious encounter with the on-duty cashier. She asked, “How many lives have you changed today?” I was surprised and considered my answer before offering a response. Then I asked, “How many lives have you changed today?” She responded, “There were two little boys who arrived grumpy, and I sent them out wearing smiles. I probably scared the BeJesus out of them.” Did you get that? Be. Jesus. May God bless you with His Graces.
“Hold tightly to the Rosary. Be very grateful to the Madonna for it is she who gave us Jesus.” –St. Pio
The Church’s people are many and varied, as is its devotions. When researching Church history every day is Christmas and Jesus is always the reason.