++++++++++++++++++++God's timing is not our timing, but He is never late.++++++++++++++++++++

Layers - in the knowledge of God and the path to holiness

Learning about God is like unwrapping a head of lettuce, pealing back one leaf at a time. Always there is another leaf below. We will eventually reach the center of the head of lettuce; but we will never unwrap everthing there is to know about God.

The path to holiness is like pealing an onion. God shows us what is sinful and convicts us that we have sinned. No matter how sweet the onion, there are always tears in the peeling. No matter how sweet the grace of repentence, there are always the pain of letting go of the sin. As the peeling of the onion reveals another layer, so God shows us what we lack in holiness, drawing us ever closer to "be(ing) perfect even just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48




What I Believe

Why I am and always will be a Catholic. "So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. Tthe living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever." John 6:53-58 The words and actions of man cannot sanctify. Only the priest, empowered by his ordination, can invoke the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into Jesus so we can receive Him - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity into our bodies and souls. This is the core of the Catholic Church; without this there is no purpose or meaning to the Catholic Church. There are other ways to holiness, to grow in grace; there is no better way than union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pebbles

Mother Teresa, in her writings, repeatedly said that if they weren’t doing it for Jesus that their work would mean nothing. She also wrote that she saw her work as if tossing pebbles. She focused on one human life at a time, not saving the world. But her work with each person was like tossing a pebble into a pond with the ripples ever expanding outward. It was her belief that God calls us to be pebbles in whatever we do in our daily lives. Little acts, done for Jesus, reaching ever outward, ultimately transforming the world. To live our lives that way, to be so focused that what we do we do for Jesus, we need to pray. The sisters of Mother Teresa started each day with prayer and Mass and ended the day with prayer. She said that the time the community spent in adoration transformed the community. We are all called to begin and end each day with prayer, to settle ourselves before we begin and to conclude each day before we sleep, to put our joys, hopes, troubles and needs before God and trusting that he will take care of us, giving us what we need (not necessarily what we want). To be a pebble for God, we must maintain a relationship with God. We are called to bring Jesus to others. Mother Teresa lived by the words of St. Francis, “Preach the gospel always; if necessary use words.”

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