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“You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Luke 12:40.

 

   This verse always reminds me when my brother suddenly died of a massive heart attack at the age of 59. It was a shock to me and to his family whom he loved so much. He didn’t wake up that morning knowing that this would be the last day here on earth for him. My brother was a good and faithful Catholic man, dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

   But still, are any of us ready to meet our Savior Jesus Christ today? I know I need lots of ongoing conversion daily.

   If we were given special knowledge to know the day and hour when we would die, how would we live our lives differently?

   For one, I know I would not get so caught up in all the little annoyances and busyness of my day. I would let go of all the million and one unnecessary things that really don’t matter in the big picture of things. I would spend more time in praying the Scriptures, going to daily Mass, praying before the Blessed Sacrament, helping others, and spending more quality time with the people in my life.

   If I can keep my priorities straight and not stumble and fall into serious sin, I am preparing every day to meet the Master.

   Let’s face it, we get off track at times. But God showers us with His graces in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Let’s run to the arms of our merciful Jesus.

Let Us Pray:  

I come before you my Jesus, sinful and sorrowful; shower me with Your mercy and love today.  (reprinted from Catholic Mom Reflections)

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“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”  1 Peter 3:15

 

 

 

        I was feeling sad and disappointed that I could not go to a conference recently. I knew it would be wonderful. However due to several circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to attend.

        In my prayer time, I shared my sadness and disappointment with Jesus. I felt in my heart of hearts that Jesus laid upon my heart these words: “I am your Retreat Master. I will provide for what you need.”  I surrendered my sadness and disappointment to Jesus. I ask Jesus what His agenda for me would be as my Retreat Master?

         I celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Saint Cyril Parish on Friday and following Mass I spent time with Jesus in adoration. I left feeling refreshed and renewed.

        Saturday was a gorgeous Fall day so I took Annie our dog for a really long, leisure walk. While walking, I prayed the Rosary breathing in the aroma of the fresh crisp Fall air. I was able to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as I allowed Annie to take her time sniffing at the various weeds which held her attention.

         After the walk I was motivated to work on my writing which I was struggling to get to. But with Jesus as my Retreat Master, the writing went smoothly. I finished the article and submitted it to a Catholic magazine. It was a peaceful, slow paced day.

         To finish my mini retreat with Jesus, I celebrated Mass at St. Cyril Saturday evening. The Mass was beautiful and Father Lebsock’s Homily was outstanding.

         I am praising Jesus my Retreat Master for showering me with his love, peace and joy. God is so good.

         Sometimes God does call us to attend conferences or retreats to help us grow in our faith. But He also provides for us right in our own homes if we are open to listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Jesus truly does give us what we need not always what we want. Praise be Jesus!

 Reflection:

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burdens is light.”  Matthew 11:29-30. 

 

 

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”  Psalm 91: 4

        What is the meaning of the word “pinions?” Pinions is the outer part of a bird's wing including the flight feathers. From a Scriptural viewpoint, pinions is a figurative expression for the protective care of God which is bestowed on those that trust in Him.

        Isn't it reassuring that Jesus is concealing us from the Evil One? As we place our trust in Jesus, He defends and protects us. He guides the humble and teaches us His way.

        What a God we serve. We are not left defenseless. We serve a mighty God who hides us under his wing against the flaming arrows of the Evil one. “He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague; He will shelter you with His pinions, and under His wings you may take refuge; His faithfulness is a protecting shield.” Psalm 91.

These are mighty powerful words to take into our heart and to live by each day.

        I want to be in Jesus mighty army and under His leadership. Don't you? I am safe. I am protected. I am loved. Sign me up, Jesus. I am ready to be your warrior in prayer and in deed.

 

“The God of mercy; he does not tire of forgiving. We are the ones who tire in asking for forgiveness, but he does not tire.” Pope Francis.

          Here I go again trying to make a good confession by doing an examination of conscience. It seems that my list of the same sins that I confessed 100 times is enslaving me once again. I wonder will I ever be free of those sins that I confess over and over again? 

          Confessing those same sins is an act of obedience and humility. It is pride that wants to keep me from confessing those same sins. But God did not call me to be prideful he calls me to be obedient.  As I prepare my heart for confession, I call upon the Holy Angels and Saints especially the Blessed Mother to intercede for me.

          There is graces flowing in each confession that will aid me to try again to avoid those persistent, habitual sins. I like to picture those habitual sins like an onion. When I confess them, one layer is pulled away from the onion. Perhaps I will have to go many times to confession before through grace that particular sin no longer enslaves me.

          Many times, I am given a special grace in confession that helps me to take steps in avoiding those habitual sins. The confessor encourages me to spend quiet time in prayer each day especially in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Each time I do, one more layer of sin is peeled off and cast away from me.

Reflection:

Lord Jesus may I never tire coming to you through the confessional even when I see no progress. Even though hidden at times, I trust that your healing grace is at work in my heart.

“God has brought us to the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom we have redemption through His Blood, and the forgiveness of sins.”                                                            Col 1:13-14

Latest comments

24.10 | 06:05

Amen!

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07.10 | 17:56

H0w true. So nice to listen and learn and submit.

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04.09 | 19:54

Connie, your analogies are so poignant to our daily lives.
I love watching birds and you blog added another dimension to these
beautiful beings... love you

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04.09 | 15:28

Boy did I need to read this today! Thanks Connie.

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