Sunday, November 13, 2016
Lord, please help me stop loving so poorly.
Please show me the ways to love unconditionally.
St. Francis Prayer:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
"I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won’t on November 9, 2016."
- Max Lucado
“A king's heart is channeled water in the hand of the Lord; God directs it wherever he pleases.” (Proverbs 21:1).
"Understanding God’s sovereignty over the nations opens the door to peace. When we realize that God influences the hearts of all rulers, we can then choose to pray for them rather than fret about them. Rather than wring our hands we bend our knees, we select prayer over despair."
Saturday, November 5, 2016
...even if I keep failing.
“This is what it means to live in heroic confidence: To be able to say I am Yours. Jesus, you hold me in your hands and even if I experience death, no one can snatch me from your hands. Jesus, you are the good shepherd. I belong to you, and even if my life never recovers and that my heart is always broken. Even if I lose everything. I will always be held by you. This is what it is to have heroic confidence. To say I am yours God. Even if. “
-from a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz
Monday, October 31, 2016
How do we live life with the recognition of our brothers and sisters in Christ that are suffering through things we may never fully understand? How can we connect our hearts with theirs not just for the mere moments when we hear of news, but in the midst of our days and throughout our lives? What is to blame than my own fallenness to prioritize my self and seek fulfillment before being shaken to the core to realize that I am not the center of the world.
"I wish to lose myself and never find myself except in God."
-St. John Vianney