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The Greed Trap & Your Heart

The Greed Trap:  It is easy to regard possessions as treasures and to find so much pleasure in them that we want more and more…How do we let ourselves fall into this trap? Certainly, advertisements play a role in convincing us we need to own everything that is new and improved…Our own insecurities also play a role—the more we possess, […]

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Thank God for Little Resurrections!

Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall. St. Patrick In today’s language and grammar, this statement could be confusing. I would like to put a comma after the preposition at the beginning! But I know that in other languages, the meaning is a bit different. I imagine the stone walls or buildings of old. Could this be a stone wall around the sheep’s field? Or the high fortress wall of a great city? This analogy for our little resurrection is literally uplifting! Today, I may be stuck in the chaos and cares I face. Today, I may be stuck in bad habits that I don’t even see anymore! The image of feeling lighter and dropping all the useless baggage I carry has been a theme for me this year. I’m letting go. If the person I want to be is free, I want to let go of the things holding me back. Sometimes, that can be material possessions like clothing or shoes I don’t wear or even need anymore. It could be spending less time with negative people and more time with people that bring me joy. All of this reflection needs to be done with God’s glasses on and prayer. God knows when to help […]

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May the Lord Bless YOU

My favorite Scripture is Numbers 6:24-26. It is a blessing that I pray/post for people on their birthday and have used in artwork for gifts. Look it up. Dust off your Bible? Find it? When I looked for the exact verses again today, I looked at the footnote and learned something new! What do your Footnotes say about peace? * [6:26] Peace: the Hebrew word Shalom includes the idea of happiness, good health, prosperity, friendship, and general well-being. To use this term as a greeting was to pray for all these things upon the one greeted. Shalom my friends! The Grace and Peace of Christ to you! #IloveScripture Photo credit: Freepik.com

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Blessed are you…joy!

Response: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Psalm 1 The BEATITUDES And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said, “Blessed are you…” Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. Luke 6 We cherish these words of Jesus even today. The ‘Beatitudes,’ or blessings, that Christ gives us takes everything to the next level. We even see that the prophets have said this before! Their message might have been said with a “woe to you if you are satisfied” instead of blessed are you. The paradox of our faith shows itself in these blessings. How can we laugh when we feel like crying? This distinction can be hard to understand for us today.  You may have heard ‘happy are those’ in a different translation. We know that we can’t be happy all the time. Words for our blessings are satisfied, comforted and can experience the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s a different way of looking at the challenges we have in life. Interesting that the following verses in Luke Chapter 6 are love your enemies and the Golden rule. Check out the next posts! The Beatitudes are the way to live that goes beyond the 10 Commandments. Taking it up a notch! Why? What do we think? Then how do […]

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Transformation – Part 3

TRANSFORMATION Part 3 – You, only better! …Although in Holy Communion we are at once united with Christ, his power within us develops gradually. …Nor will the eucharistic God alone transform us. He requires our free, generous cooperation. Only by stimulating our higher faculties can we imitate Christ’s life. …Although Christ dwells in us with His Body, Blood, Soul and […]

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What happens at Baptism?

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord The Lord will bless his people with peace. Ps 29 In the Gospel from Luke Chapter 3, we see John the Baptist announcing the one who is mightier than he and will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. John was baptizing with water, not with power.  Take some time this week to think about what baptism means for your life. Our baptism is different! …The Baptism given by Jesus, which the Church, faithful to his command, does not cease to administer, is quite different. This Baptism frees man from original sin and forgives his sins, saves him from slavery to evil and is a sign of his rebirth in the Holy Spirit; it imparts to him a new life, which is participation in the life of God the Father, given to us by his Only-Begotten Son who became man, died and rose again.                 4. Dear brothers and sisters, in a few moments these children will also receive Baptism and become living members of the Church. They will first be anointed with the oil of catechumens, a sign of Christ’s gentle strength given to them to fight against evil. Then blessed water will be poured on them, a sign of their interior purification through the gift of the Holy Spirit, poured out by Jesus as he was dying on the Cross. They are then immediately given a second and more important anointing with “chrism”, to show […]

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