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Today’s Inspirational Snippet: Joy comes from making God our focus, thus help us become the vessel of His sanctifying grace.

Good News Reflection
Friday of the Second Week of Easter
April 17, 2015

Today’s Saint: Stephen Harding

Today’s Readings
Acts 5:34-42
Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14
John 6:1-15

He wants us to become vessels of his grace in the world

Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? (John 6:5). With these words, Jesus launched Philip and the other disciples on a path of discovering more clearly who he was and what he had come to accomplish. Of course he was concerned about feeding the crowd of people who had come out to listen to him. But he already “knew what he was going to do” about that (John 6:6). He asked this question to help his disciples become more confident in their ability to build his kingdom on earth. Jesus didn’t want this miracle of loaves to be the last time God miraculously took care of his people. He wanted the Twelve to become familiar and even comfortable with the idea of performing miracles themselves.

And so Jesus involved his disciples in every step of this miracle. He asked Philip to assess the situation: the size of the crowd and the inadequacy of their own resources. When Andrew brought him a bit of food and a lot of skepticism, he accepted the gift and told the disciples to make the people sit down, to pass out the loaves, and to collect the fragments. From beginning to end, the Twelve were an integral part of the miracle.

What did the disciples learn that day? They learned to look at needs through the lens of God’s compassion. They learned to put their own meager offerings into Jesus’ hands, and to do so unselfishly. They learned to give thanks to God before and after each request. And they learned to rely on the power of God as they built the kingdom.

Jesus wants to do the same thing for us. He wants us to become vessels of his grace in the world. So whenever he brings a need to your attention, pay attention. He is not just asking you what you think. As he did with Philip, he’s inviting you to join him in doing something wonderful about it. If you’re alert for his direction and willing to take a step of faith, you’ll see wonders!

Chosen Vessel of Grace
Benedictus Vicimus

Jesus is inviting us, you, me, all of us
Be His hands, be His Feet upon this earth
Be the voice of Mercy and Compassion
Be the Vessel of His Grace through the gifts of the Holy Spirit

But ONLY WHEN THE HEART IS EMPTIED OF HUMAN BITTERNESS
CAN IT BE FILLED WITH DIVINE SANCTIFYING GRACE….
Free ourselves of fear, anger, bitterness and pain
Be the extraordinary heart of love and peace

He wanted to fill our cups with His divine and sanctifying grace
To withstand all the hindrances of holiness
To adhere to the Will of the Father
To increase in Him and decrease from ourselves

Be the Vessel of His Love and Compassion
Be the Vessel of His Grace and Divinity
Be the Vessel os His graciousness and generosity
Be the Vessel of Peace and Confidence

We are chosen from the very day of our conception
We are created for the divine purpose of God
To fulfill the mission of love in this life
BE THE VESSEL OF HIS SANCTIFYING GRACE and bear the fruits of His love. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL

ASPIRING VESSEL OF SANCTIFYING GRACE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Lord Jesus Christ – Who before ascending into Heaven – did promise to send the Holy Spirit – to finish Your work – in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples – deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me – that He may perfect in my soul – the work of Your grace and Your love. Bless me oh Holy Spirit to be the Vessel of Your Holy and Sanctifying Grace, for it to increase in me each day. Jesus, make me a co-worker with you. Teach me how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom – that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world – but aspire only after the things – that are eternal –

the Spirit of Understanding – to enlighten my mind – with the light of Your divine truth –

the Spirit of Counsel – that I may ever choose – the surest way of pleasing God – and gaining Heaven –

the Spirit of Fortitude – that I may bear my cross with You – and that I may overcome with courage – all the obstacles that oppose my salvation –

the Spirit of Knowledge – that I may know God and know myself – and grow perfect in the science of the Saints –

the Spirit of Piety – that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable –

the Spirit of Fear – that I may be filled with loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that may displease Him.

Mark me dear Lord – with the sign of your true disciples – and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.

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Today’s Inspirational Snippet: Trust is a decision to depend on God’s love and power and wisdom.

Good News Reflection
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
March 25, 2015

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Pray for responding to God´s will

Today’s Readings
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Ps 40:7-11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

Increasing your courage
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

In the Gospel today, Mary has a very difficult decision to make. According to her society’s rules, when a woman gets pregnant outside of marriage, she could be stoned to death for her blatant disregard of the sacredness of marriage. Surely Mary wondered how her beloved Joseph would react. The angel Gabriel did nothing to reassure her that Joseph would believe her explanation. And at first, he didn’t!

What would her parents think? Even if they believed her, would the other relatives? Would her friends? She faced disapproval and misunderstanding from every direction. How did she find the courage to say yes to God’s plan without reassurance that everything would turn out okay?

I think we all wish that God would describe his plans for us, outlined in 10 easy steps with the end results clearly detailed. How do you feel about uncertainty? Is it paralyzing you? How do you feel about people’s disapproval? Do you have the courage to follow God’s inspiration no matter what, or are you waiting for him to reassure you that all will turn out well?

He rarely gives us that reassurance. He prefers that we trust him and rely on him instead. Mary found her courage in God. Trust is not a feeling; trust is a decision to depend on God’s love and power and wisdom. To whatever extent we’re controlled by fear or by the disapproval of others, this is how much we’re not guided by our faith in God.

Here’s a simple but powerful way to silence the voices of fear so that courage can grow:

1. Identify what message your fears are telling you. What are you afraid will happen if you forge ahead and do what God seems to be asking of you?

2. Remember that fear’s message is based at least partially on falsehoods; ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of all the truths that contradict these lies.

3. Choose to act upon those truths — respond to the truth instead of the fear. Move forward emboldened and encouraged (“in courage”) by the awareness that you can safely trust in God’s desire and ability to help you do everything that he asks of you. This is the moment of your own Annunciation experience. This is your opportunity to give God your own fiat, your own “Yes! Let it be done to me as you say!”

God speaks to us in annunciations every day. If we learn from Mary’s example, she helps us to say “yes”, and she’s available as our nurturing mother and guide to help us live out that “yes.”

In You I trust
By Benedictus Vicimus

In you I trust my Lord
All that I am and all that I will be
I worry not of the future and all that will come
For I am with you, my Lord and my God

I surrender my doubts and pains
For I believe that you have the answer to all of these
I am free of evil and harm
For I believe you will protect me from all that will come

I will carry my cross even if it becomes heavier
For I believe I am carrying it with you
You will not let me slide in any trap
For I know you will hold my hands in this path of life

Your love for me is immeasurable and uncontained
Your mercy is unfathomable
Your Holy will was designed to perfect my purpose
So I entrust to you all that I have and hold

Cleanse my mind, my heart, my soul
Hold me, embrace me, reside in me
Never let me be separated from Thee
Let me live only for Thee

I trust in You my Lord
I believe and I know God alone suffices
I believe You are my Father, my Provider and Protector
I entrust to you my life, my soul, my path now and forever.. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL
Suscipe
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me. Amen

PRAYER INTENTIONS (updated 03/25/15)

Our dearest Father, we are offering this day for our life’s mission. Believing in God’s continued guidance and direction upon each one each of us. May God strengthen our soul, purify our spirit and enrich our wisdom and offerings. May God bless us with good health, sound spirit and even a greater desire for holiness. We are offering all the little things we do for everyone we are praying for, those who are praying with and especially those who needs most of Thy Mercy! Father, bless us with Your Peace, Humility, Perfected Faith, Perfected Hope and Perfected Love in You. In Your Holy Will we wholeheartedly surrender. In Your Unfathomable Mercy we devotedly implore, In Your Immeasurable Love we faithfully believe. Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, all the Angels and Saints. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: No one can validate us or heal us like God can.

Good News Reflection
Monday of the 5th Week of Lent
March 23, 2015

Today´s Saint: Raffia

Today’s Readings
Daniel 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62
Psalm 23:1-6
John 8:1-11

Protected by God’s mercy
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

Have you ever been accused unmercifully? Whether we have been rightly reprimanded (like the woman found in adultery in todays Gospel reading) or falsely accused (like Susanna in the first reading), we feel terribly invalidated when we have to endure condemnation without forgiveness.

Feeling remorseful for a genuine sin does not make it easier to accept the harsh reactions of others, so we defend ourselves rather than admit our guilt. We want to protect ourselves from a crushing sense of shame, so we try to rationalize away our sins.

Does this really work though? No, only mercy can protect us. Only mercy can validate our worth. Without it, we try to manipulate people into liking us and approving of us and affirming us. The more we sin, the more desperate we become for other people’s approval. And the more desperate we become, the less remorse we feel for what we’ve done wrong, because remorse is a feeling that says we deserve disapproval.

When we’re falsely accused, we feel empty and invalidated because the truth has been misjudged and we’re at the mercy of others’ wrong opinions of us. They’re rejecting us and it’s totally unfair. We hunger for their affirmation, and if we don’t receive it, we defend ourselves and offend them. We convert our innocence into selfishness and pride and unloving behavior.

To fill the emptiness and heal the wound, we need to realize that we’ve been forgiven by the mercy of God. The Sacrament of Confession gives us audible proof of this mercy. And we must understand that it’s only God’s opinion of us that really matters. Even if others refuse to give us mercy, if we know that we have God’s mercy, we will have the peace and sense of personal value that we need.

No one can validate us or heal us like God can. He alone loves us no matter what we do. Mercifully, when we deserve punishment, Our Father says: “I do not condemn you, because My Son took your punishment for you. I love you. Go on with your life and sin no more, but be assured that I will always love you, even if you sin this way again.”

God has more mercy to give us than we can imagine. Meditate on this and open yourself to his steadfast, merciful love. He wants to free you from the need to be validated and healed by people.

This truth will free you to love others even when they sin against you. With Jesus, tell the Father: “I do not condemn them. Please grant them your forgiveness even if they do not ask for it.”

We forgive others not because they repent (some never will), but because God has been merciful to us. As we have received mercy from him, we become empowered to share his mercy with others.

Merciful Love
Benedictus Vicimus

From Adam days to present, God does it Seventy times Seven and more
Forgiveness, Mercy, Understanding and Compassion
Endlessly, Instantly, Generously, Indefinitely
Loving us endlessly, miraculously healing our soul.

He heals and forgives
He does it seventy times seven all the time
So who are we not to give and forgive
As human, difficult but with God nothing is impossible.

Jesus taught us to forgive seventy times seven
He even sacrificed His life to prove the deep meaning of God’s forgiveness and Love
He has given us hope that glory is set for each one of us
We can be resurrected from sins and enjoy peace with Christ

Healing is our precious gift, mercy comes with it
Forgiving is our road to holiness
Jesus died to rescue us from all the inconveniences of life
Giving us freedom for anger, anxiety, doubt and all the illnesses of soul

Redemption and salvation was provided
Redeem ourselves from the pain that causes us to sin
Heal our hearts through forgiveness and mercy
Heal our pains through surrender and acceptance.

Forgiveness is maturity and spiritual advancement
Human limitations hinder us to forgive and move forward
Human weaknesses hold onto grudges, hatred, anger and jealousy
But if we allow ourselves to mature in God’s love and think beyond the box…it becomes forgiveness..

It is always easier said than done
But I firmly believe in the power of God’s Love and His immeasurable Mercy
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7

Forgive for we are forgiven! In jesus name. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL

The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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 to self that we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to Francis Bernadone, perhaps the most universally loved of Christian saints, who was born in Assisi, Italy, in 1181 or 1182. At the age of twenty­ two, after a sudden illness that brought him almost to the point of death, he left his home and inheritance to follow an injunction that he felt he received from Christ himself: “Francis, go and rebuild my Church.” Three great Franciscan orders quickly grew around the monks, nuns, and lay disciples who responded to his joyful example of universal love and selfless service.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: Trust in God’s wisdom and perfect timing.

Good News Reflection
Monday of the 4th Week of Lent
March 16, 2015

Today´s Saint: John de Brebeuf
Do not begin to paddle unless you…

Today’s Readings
Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
John 4:43-54

“Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD will be with you”

Miracles without signs and wonders
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

Why is it that we so easily feel discouraged when we don’t “see” the answers to our prayers? Jesus says in todays Gospel passage, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” He said this to a dad who wanted Jesus to come to his house to heal his son.

This man’s faith depended on the same thing that ours so often does: “Seeing is believing”. He thought that he could only get a miracle if Jesus physically showed up at his house to pray over the boy. Jesus invited him to grow beyond that.

Have you ever wished that Jesus would appear to you in person to assure you that everything is going to turn out okay? I sure have! But then where is our trust in the power and goodness of God? What kind of faith exists without trust?

Jesus told the worried father, “Go on with your life as normal. Your son will live.”

This is what Jesus is saying to all of us every time we pray. “Go on with your life as normal,” he says. “Now that you’ve given the problem to me, trust in my wisdom and perfect timing. Don’t take it back by disbelieving that I’m working on it. Go about your normal business as if I’m taking care of it beyond your field of vision, because I am.”

That message is so true, so important, and so essential to living in faith, copy it and post it where you can see it every day!

Do you know why Genesis says God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh? Not because he got tired. Its assuring us that God never rests until his work is done!

In the meantime, we should keep praying about it with a spirit of thanksgiving and trust. This enables us to hear God when he says, “Okay, here’s what I want you to do next…” when its time for us to do something about it.

Remember, when we pray with the Church: “Lord, hear our prayer”, its an offering, not an implication that God is idle until we ask. In faith, what we’re really saying is: “Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer! I trust your timing and your way of handling it.”

That’s what “amen” means.

What miracles do you need? Think of your most important prayer requests and consider how God wont rest until your prayers are answered.

This is how to live an “amen” kind of life instead of worrying and disbelieving and seeking signs and wonders for proof of God’s involvement. The signs and wonders will happen, but the who, what, when and where of them will be God’s choosing, not ours. After all, would you really want it any other way?

Amen, Yes I believe!
Benedictus Vicimus

Amen, I say to you our God for all You have given
Amen, I believe and I surrender
Amen, I acknowledge and I accept
Amen, our Jesus, Amen to your will!

Amen, for the blessings of Love and Forgivenes,
Amen, for all the answered prayers
Amen, for each and every struggle
Amen our God for we know You are with us

You never rest our God, our Father
You never blink in watching us and protecting us
You never leave and never have abandon us
You are with us, for us and will carry us through

Amen, I believe in all your provisions and promises
Amen, I believe you are my God, my creator and my Lord
Amen, I believe Jesus is my Saviour and my Redeemer
Amen, I believe and I surrender, You are our one and only God whom we call our Father. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL by Ellaine Dacobor Ibot

Lord Jesus Christ, let Your love illuminate the darkness that tries to envelope us when trials, afflictions, struggles, pains, hurts, conflicts, enviousness, greed, pride and all that keeps us away from You. It is tempting us to loose our focu on You. . With gratefulness of hearts we give thanks to You for never leaving us. Lifting us up in all ways, thank you for the gift of forgiveness, for seeking us and making us come to You. For You are the source of all that is good, and You see all the good in us, forsaking all that we did that caused You pain when we come to You and repent, humbly asking for forgiveness, acknowledging that we are sinners, asking for healing.

Lord Jesus Christ, flood us with Your supernatural graces so that we may be firm and faithful in this walk with You, and may we continue to be instrument of Your grace, love and hope to others. Humbly offering to You our deepest prayers, the intentions of everyone we are praying for and all who prays with us. Fervently praying for our daily special intentions for healing, forgiveness, good health, protection and provisions especially those who most need Thy mercy. Through the intercession of our Most Blessed Mother Mama Mary, St Joseph, St Rita and all the Beloved Angels and Holy Saints in Heaven. In Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen!

PRAYER INTENTIONS 

Our dearest Father, we are offering this day for our life’s mission. Believing in God’s continued guidance and direction upon each one ous. May God strengthen our soul, purify our spirit and enrich our wisdom and offerings. May God bless us with good health, sound spirit and even a greater desire for holiness. We are offering all the little things we do for everyone we are praying for, those who are praying with and especially those who needs most of Thy Mercy! Father, bless us with Your Peace, Humility, Perfected Faith, Perfected Hope and Perfected Love in You. In Your Holy Will we wholeheartedly surrender. In Your Unfathomable Mercy we devotedly implore, In Your Immeasurable Love we faithfully believe. Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, all the Angels and Saints. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Good News Reflection
Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent
March 11, 2015

Today´s Saint: Eulogius of Cordoba

Today’s Readings
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Matthew 5:17-19

The root of every law is love. Generous love!
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

Jesus came to “fulfill” the law, which he did throughout his life by representing the deepest meanings of the law. He pointed people to the root purpose and highest goal of each law — which is love — by word and by the way he treated each person.

This was a challenge to the Jewish leaders, who tended to be literalistic or legalistic when interpreting God’s laws, and it caused some confusion. So, Jesus clarified his meaning in today’s Gospel passage. In effect he said, “The interpretation that I give to the law does not mean that the laws are invalid. Rather, it shows that you are not fulfilling the law until all things have taken place, i.e., until your obedience is motivated by love for God and love for neighbor” (see Matthew 22:35-40).

When Jesus spoke of heaven and earth passing away, he was not referring to a literal end of the universe. Educated Jewish listeners knew he was referring to the well-known prophecy in Isaiah 65:17 in which God promised to create a new heaven and a new earth by providing a Messiah. They didn’t realize it yet, but the old heaven and earth were about to pass away in the death of Jesus. And before that could happen, the true meaning of each and every law had to be fulfilled by someone who could do it right. Jesus succeeded in true obedience where everyone else had failed.

Obeying all the commandments — truly obeying them — requires loving God with our whole heart and our whole soul and our whole mind, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Legalism is not complete obedience, because legalistic obedience leaves no room for loving adaptions.

The root of every law is love. Generous love!

Generosity out of Love
By Benedictus Vicimus

What is due to my Master whom I owe much?
What is due to my Master whom I love much?
What is due to my Master who has given me much?
What is due to my Master who even to choose to serve me instead?

What can I do to repay you for all the greatness in my life?
What can I give to praise you and honor you all the days of my life?
What can I say to lift you up higher than my eyes can see?
What do I need to do my Lord and my God?

Generosity of Love and Obedience
Selfless outpouring of Goodness and Forgiveness
Loving unconditionally wholeheatedly
Living in You laws of Love and Mercy,

May I live with …
Obedience to Your Law and Your desires
Humility to accept our weaknesses heart and mind
Dependence to Your selfless guidance and immeasurable Love
Trust in Your Holy will and divine grace our God

May I
Embrace Your Holiness wholeheartedly
Choose Your ways and abandoning my selfish desires
Choose to carry my cross with purity of heart and soul
Acknowledge the gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the mind, body and soul

May I religiously
Give without hesitation
Forgive without condition
Forget without inclination

Generously give with all my heart, mind and soul for Your glory. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE HEART
Prayer for Generosity (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.

PRAYER INTENTIONS (updated 03/11/2015)

Our dearest Father, we are offering this day for our life’s mission. Believing in God’s continued guidance and direction upon each one ous. May God strengthen our soul, purify our spirit and enrich our wisdom and offerings. May God bless us with good health, sound spirit and even a greater desire for holiness. We are offering all the little things we do for everyone we are praying for, those who are praying with and especially those who needs most of Thy Mercy! Father, bless us with Your Peace, Humility, Perfected Faith, Perfected Hope and Perfected Love in You. In Your Holy Will we wholeheartedly surrender. In Your Unfathomable Mercy we devotedly implore, In Your Immeasurable Love we faithfully believe. Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, all the Angels and Saints. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: When others reject us, we thirst for acceptance, and God provides it.

Good News Reflection
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
March 9, 2015

Today´s Saint: Frances of Rome

Today’s Readings
2 Kings 5:1-15
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Luke 4:24-30

How to handle rejection
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

Is there anyone in your life who doesn’t accept how much you’ve grown spiritually? Is there someone who doesn’t believe you about your faith? Have you been falsely accused of doing something you never had any intention of doing? Have ever you been dismissed as incapable of doing what you have in fact learned to do?

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus shows us how to handle these people.

First, it helps to realize that such rejection is normal for a follower of Christ. As Jesus says in this Gospel reading, “No prophet is accepted in his native place.”

We rise above it by connecting our suffering to Christ’s. Rejection unites us to God; the time gap between his unfair treatment in Nazareth and your unfair treatment today disappears. What a privilege!

Second, in love we continue to give others more occasions to see and accept what God is offering to them through us, as Jesus did. He always gave his persecutors an opportunity to discover: “Aha! I need to learn from this guy!” Perhaps one out of a hundred will have an “aha” moment. But by patiently persevering, we find that person.

Not everyone from Nazareth rejected the messianic ministry of Jesus. James, a close relative, became one of his most devoted followers. James even wrote a letter that was accepted into the canon of the New Testament. God has a James for you, too. Trust me on this; for every Judas whos betrayed me, theres been a James who became a trustworthy companion.

The third step, in imitation of Christ, is to walk away. Jesus did not nag people into changing their minds. He did not stomp his foot and pout and whine and all that other silly stuff that we do to win someone’s attention. Neither did he stay there and let them attack. The day would come when hed be nailed to a cross, but not this day. Like Jesus, we must always seek the Father’s will to discern when it’s time to go to the cross for someone and when it’s time to simply walk away.

As Psalm 42:3 says, “My soul is thirsting for the living God; when shall I see him face to face?” When others reject us, we thirst for acceptance, and God provides it. We do see him face to face, but we must immerse ourselves in a community of believers whose faces reveal God. We have to surround ourselves with companions who are capable of accepting the gift that we are.

To move from the cross of rejection to the resurrection that God wants to provide for us, seek out those who are working hard on their own spiritual growth. This type of person is able to recognize what God is doing in your life. When others reject you, run to these companions for comfort. When you need assurance or encouragement, they will be able to give it to you. God has — right now — a community of believers ready to be his gifts of love for you!

Let me sweat the way
Benedictus Vicimus

Humbled and honored, I accept rejections, challenges to test my will and ways
For I know God is with me, who can be against me? Romans 8:11
Let me sweat the way
For in the end of it, I will eternally share my life with you

Let me sweat the way so I can learn to grow
Believing that each step is a way to earn Your grace to flow
Through Your grace, patience, endurance, fortitude will grow
You increase in me as I remain in You

With You, through You I will be gracious and kind
I will learn that each minute is an opportunity to rise with You at heart
Though it is not always easy, I know God is always with me
He will always make a way where there seems to be no way.

It was not easy, but You made it all for me
I will take this pain, knowing that You did everything else for me
You died for me so I can live for eternity
Therefore, I will bear this my Lord, for I love You with my heart and soul. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL.
PRAYER OF ACCEPTANCE AND SURRENDER.

Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full. Lord, please sustain, encourage and build up each one here praying with us. Help us to have faith when we can’t see Your hand in the darkness…help us to trust and surrender to You. Help us to wear a garment of praise, instead of despair. Teach us how to offer a sacrifice of praise when praising feels the hardest. Help us to choose to find the joy in our circumstances of pain, rejections and falling.

Lord, please bless everyone here in the way they need it most… You know each need before we ask. You see each thing that is hidden away in our hearts. You care about every detail of our lives and You hurt when we hurt. You are full of loving kindness and compassion, but You are also a Mighty Warrior God who is there protecting us and watching over us…You are our shelter and safe haven…Oh, Father, we reach for the hem of Your garment and pray to find refreshment in Your presence not only today but always. Thank you for all you do for us. We trust you, raise our hands and bow before you in our hearts to give You Praise, Glory and Honor. In the precious name of our Savior Jesus Christ we pray, Amen

PRAYER INTENTIONS (updated 03/09/2015)

Our dearest Father, we are offering this day for our life’s mission. Believing in God’s continued guidance and direction upon each one ous. May God strengthen our soul, purify our spirit and enrich our wisdom and offerings. May God bless us with good health, sound spirit and even a greater desire for holiness. We are offering all the little things we do for everyone we are praying for, those who are praying with and especially those who needs most of Thy Mercy! Father, bless us with Your Peace, Humility, Perfected Faith, Perfected Hope and Perfected Love in You. In Your Holy Will we wholeheartedly surrender. In Your Unfathomable Mercy we devotedly implore, In Your Immeasurable Love we faithfully believe. Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, all the Angels and Saints. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: The kind of faith we need when faith matters most comes from a relationship of trust. Real trust.

Good News Reflection
Third Sunday of Lent
March 8, 2015

Today’s Readings
Ex 20:1-17
Ps 19:8-11
1 Cor 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

Supernatural Faith
@Terry A. Modica

The final paragraph of this Sunday’s Gospel reading is very revealing: Jesus did not “trust” himself to the converts whose faith in him was based on the signs and wonders that he had done. The reason: He did not want anyone to testify (i.e., spread the faith) about the limitations of human nature.

Faith based on signs and wonders is human nature: It’s easier to put faith in what we can humanly see, touch, and hear than to believe in a God who is invisible and who usually sounds very silent. There is nothing supernatural about this kind of faith, but God is very supernatural.

What happens to our faith when we pray and pray and pray for God’s intervention and there are no signs indicating that we’ll get what we want? Our reaction to unanswered prayers is an indicator of how natural or supernatural our spiritual life really is.

Jesus knew that his physical presence was the greatest sign of all, but it would soon be taken away. Don’t we sometimes wish that Jesus would appear in front of us and make himself audible to our human ears? We think it would make our faith stronger.

Typically, we base our faith on many signs: prayers being answered, love being evidenced, peace and happiness filling our hearts, etc. But what happens to our faith when we enter the dark night of trials and difficulties? Do we continue to trust God when we can no longer see or feel signs that he cares?

The kind of faith we need when faith matters most comes from a relationship of trust. Real trust. We choose to trust God for who he really is and how much he really cares, rather than on what the evidence seems to say.

To succeed in this, we need supernatural faith. When we’re united to the divinity of Christ, we join ourselves to his faith. We then trust him so much that we don’t need signs.

Remember this the next time you receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Not only are you consuming his body, you are also uniting yourself to his divinity. And he is uniting himself to you! If you truly believe this, of course there will be miracles, but that is not the greatest gift that he’s sharing with you.

What he wants to give you most of all is HIS ALL.

Supernatural Faith
Benedictus Vicimus

Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Supernatural faith, is the true dependence in His will and His mercy
Believing with patience, understanding and complete trust to His will

It is the trust that never falter even with the strongest storms
It is the confidence that His will is to perfect our lives
It is the faith that trust in His promises and provisions
It is believing in God’s perfected love for us

Supernatural faith is like those of Noah, Job, Daniel and Mary
It is to completely entrust our lives to God without hesitation
To fully surrender and endow back all that have given
Rise to each challenges and trials of Life with humility

“Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness” Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

PRAYER OF THE SOUL
PRAYER OF SURRENDER TO GOD
by Thomas A Kempis

Lord, You know what is best; let this be done or that be done as You please. Give what You will, as much as You will, when You will. Do with me as You know best, as will most please You, and will be for Your greater honor. Place me where You will and deal with me freely in all things. I am in Your hand; turn me about whichever way You will.

Behold, I am Your servant, ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for You – would that I could do this worthily and perfectly! Amen