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Today’s Inspirational Snippet: God is bigger and more powerful than any disaster and sinful interference, more loving than any loss.

Good News Reflection
Friday of the Second Week in Lent
March 6, 2015

Today´s Saint: Colette

Today’s Readings
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17b-28a
Ps 105:16-21 (with 5a)
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Progressing from tragedy into triumph
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

How awful we feel when our plans get sidetracked, especially the important ones. How tragic when we lose a loved one or a job or our health or a marriage. Discouragement sets in, as well as despair with hopelessness, anger and mourning.

That’s how Joseph probably felt in today’s first reading, because he lost his doting father, his family, his inheritance, his home, everything that was familiar to him, and all his plans, hopes and dreams for the future. He nearly even lost his life. Sold into slavery, he lost his freedom. He had every reason to despair and grieve.

Jesus gives us another example of ruined plans in the parable of today’s Gospel passage. The property owner’s hopes for a good crop were sabotaged by the tenants who were supposed to take care of his vineyard. And they murdered his son!

It’s normal to feel resentful and to hold onto huge grudges when our lives get sidetracked by the sins of others, as in these two stories. Our lives would be so much better if only the “jerks” we know would stop causing so much trouble.

We try to cooperate with God’s will, do what he’s called us to do, and live out what he’s designed for us, but then someone’s sinfulness gets in the way.

The good news is that nothing is ever really destroyed — no dream, no plans, no relationships permanently side-tracked — if we’re following Jesus and living in his plans for our lives. God is bigger and more powerful than any disaster and sinful interference, more loving than any loss. Out of deep concern for us, he starts planning how to make triumph come from our tragedies long before the disasters begin.

It was many years before Joseph became the Pharaoh’s right-hand man and saved all of Egypt and his own family from starvation in the drought. It only took the vineyard owner’s son (Jesus) a short while to rise from the dead and become the cornerstone of a victorious Church. How long did it take before he became the cornerstone of your life? What happened to you before you gave him your heart? What disastrous directions did you go in before you converted? How did the mess you got into convince you that you needed God?

Your own life is already an example of how God turns tragedies into triumphs. Whenever we ask for his help, he takes the bad consequences of sin and reshapes them into a glorious plan that will benefit many. Isn’t it amazing? He is so awesome! It might take longer than we’d like it to take, but his plans for victory are always very amazing!

Make Jesus the cornerstone of whatever is going wrong in your life. Let him take it over with his own ideas and dreams for you, which are far better than anything you could dream up. And give him time to work.

Tragedies into triumphs
By Benedictus Vicimus

My God let my sacrifices illuminate each day
Turn all my tragedies into triumphs of Your Love
Turn all the pains into sanctification for grace
Lead us all our Jesus to rise and be triumphant in all the battles of life

Be our Guide, the Star of our Nights
Be our Light, our Hope and Love
Come to us and sparkle as bright as your Light
Make this life worthy of Your Mercy and Love

Let your Spirit comfort us in times of Distress
May Your strength builds up in us in every way
Let Your Holy Blood washes away the fears and frights
Let Your wisdom, guide us to always choose Your desires.

Come to us and mold us completely
Declare Your Presence through our works, words and wisdom
Let the Brave Soldier in Us rise and Speak of Your Mercy
Let our entire being glorify you in tears and falls.

If we stumble, help us rise with Your Strength
If we fall, help us carry the cross with our eyes focus on You
If we falter, help us believe You are carrying it with us our Lord
Because we Know if God is with us then, who can be against us!!

PRAYER OF THE SOUL
PRAYER FOR PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE

God, our help and assistance, who is just and merciful, and who hears the prayers of your people; look down upon me, a miserable sinner, have mercy upon me, and deliver me from the troubles that torment me, even though I might deserve them. I acknowledge and believe, O Lord, that you give us the trials of this life for our chastisement, when we drift away from you, and disobey your will; deal not with me according to my sins, but according to your endless mercy, for I am the work of your hands, and you know my weakness.

Grant me, I pray, your divine helping grace; endow me with patience and strength to endure my tribulations with complete submission to your will. You know my misery and suffering and to you, my only hope and refuge, I flee for relief and comfort; trusting your infinite love and compassion, that in due time, when you know it is for the best, you will deliver me from my troubles, and turn my distress into comfort, and I will rejoice in your mercy, and exalt and praise your Holy Name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and Saints, in the mighty name of our Savior Jesus Christ we trust and pray. Amen.

Lord we are continually asking Your Most Sacred Heart for your Divine Healing for all of us who are afflicted physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Humbly offering all the pains and struggles for all the intentions of our hearts. Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, all the angels and saints, In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

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Today’s Inspirational Snippet: To grow in faith, surrender your desire to feel superior and from the assumption that you’re inferior.

Good News Reflection
Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent
March 3, 2015

Today´s Saint: Katharine Drexel
Today’s Readings

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Matthew 23:1-12

The humility of equality
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

Today’s Gospel passage is easily misinterpreted if we take it literally. It’s an example of why it’s necessary to look beyond our understanding of the words of scripture into the heart of Jesus.

Jesus is not saying that it’s wrong to call your dad or a priest “father”, nor he is saying that it’s a sin to be labeled as a teacher. Take a look at the bigger picture: Parents, priests and teachers are people who are supposed to be signs or reflections of what the True Father is like and what Jesus the True Teacher is like.

The point of today’s lesson from Christ is humility. We are not to use our titles, our college degrees, our social or religious status, nor any positions of authority to win favors or to control others. We’re not to lord it over the people who serve us, because only Jesus is Lord. Rather, we are to serve those who serve us, like Jesus did (and still does). This is why the Pope is called “the servant of the servants of God”. This is the definition of a true leader.

Jesus emphasized this when he washed the feet of his disciples.

As a leader — a parent, a business manager, a priest, the head of a ministry, a sports coach, a teacher, or any role of authority — you received your position from God so that you can make a difference for his kingdom. Did you hear that? You received your position from God so that you can make a difference for his kingdom! Wow!

You are a representative of Jesus himself, even where there is no opportunity to verbally share your religious beliefs.

In imitation of Christ, we care so much about the ones who are under our authority that we’re willing to make sacrifices for them. In following Jesus, we take whatever steps are necessary to be loving toward those who follow us, even if it means taking the blame for them, walking with them through hardships, getting nailed by their misunderstanding of us, and sacrificing what we value most. And sometimes what we value most is our feeling of superiority!

In situations where we are not the leader, we’re to serve those in authority as if they were Jesus himself. We give love to Jesus by being kind to them and obeying them (unless it contributes to sin).

This is the humility of equality. Only our Creator is the True Father, but we are to treat his representatives here on earth the same way we should treat him. Only Jesus is our True Teacher, but we are to respond to his representatives here on earth the same way we should respond to him. And whenever and however we are his representatives, we are to serve others the way he serves us.

To grow in faith, surrender your desire to feel superior and from the assumption that you’re inferior. The only superior one is God, and he does not squash you into inferiority. . He raises you up to the highest level of preciousness and specialness.

TRANSFORMATION TO HIS HUMILITY
By Benedictus Vicimus

The value of our heart decreases if we focus on us
Jesus is always there, transforming us through His grace
Embrace the depth of His love for us
Embrace the transformation He is doing for us

Grow in faith and surrender all our desires
Grow in His love and embrace the humility He brings
Grow in His Mercy and remain in His Holiness
Grow with Jesus Christ and let Him be the center of our lives

Believe He raises us up to the highest level of preciousness and specialness. Amen

PRAYER OF THE SOUL

Transform me anew, oh lORD and so keep me close to you, as you transform the world. Lord, you have showed us the depth of your humility by allowing yourself to be human and experience our pains, sacrificed and died for us. The magnitude of your love is boundless; you have given that to us. Please help us to be humble at all times so we could see your face in paradise. May we live in truth, acceptance and divine wisdom so we will only act and speak like our Father in Heaven. Full of love and humility in heart, in Jesus name we ask. Amen

Psalms 147:6 :The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
Proverbs 10:8 : The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Proverbs 11:2 : When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom
Proverbs 22:4 : Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: We judge others as harshly as we judge ourselves.

Good News Reflection
Monday of the Second Week in Lent
March 2, 2015

Today´s Saint: Chad of Mercia

Today’s Readings
Daniel 9:4b-10
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Luke 6:36-38

The victorious gift of mercy
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

Be merciful, don’t judge, don’t condemn, freely forgive, and be generous, says Jesus in today’s Gospel reading. This is what it means to love unconditionally.

We agree. We nod our heads in willing assent, but we frown, because we often fail. Do you know why we fail? It’s because we don’t treat ourselves the way we know we should treat others.

How merciful are you toward yourself? When you make a mistake, or when you discover that you’re wrong, or when you realize that you’ve sinned, how do you handle it? After making amends, do you still condemn yourself with impatience, unkindness or self-loathing?

How quickly do you forgive yourself?

We can’t give to others more mercy and compassion than we give to ourselves.

When we lack mercy, we become judgmental. How judgmental are you about your own life? When someone else’s prayers are answered, do you judge yourself as unlikely to receive a similar response from God? When you’re asked to do a service for your parish or community, do you judge yourself as unqualified and untalented, even though the one who asked you says you can do it?

We judge others as harshly as we judge ourselves.

What kind of a sentence do you impose on yourself after you’ve passed judgment? How long lasting is your self-condemnation? Are you still punishing yourself for sins you confessed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation? The right attitude — the faith-filled attitude — is one of learning from the past in a spirit of compassionate self-encouragement.

After judging and imposing a punishment, how soon do you grant yourself a pardon? We can’t restore relationships with others if we can’t let go of our own past to embrace who we’ve become.

How generous are you toward yourself? Do you take time to rest from hard work? Do you make sure that your needs are met without waiting for others to read your mind? Do you applaud yourself for the good that you do? This is not prideful as long as we realize that our ability to do good comes from God.

To grow in faith, treat yourself with mercy, judging your sins but not your personhood. Forgive yourself so that you’ll become generous in love. Love yourself so that you’ll fill up with God, since he is love. Then think about how this affects your faith!

The more we give Gods love to ourselves, the more we will give it to others. And then, more is returned to us. We’re the ones who determine how big is our measuring cup. The measure with which we give to others is the same as what we give to ourselves. This isn’t selfishness, not unless we keep it all for ourselves.

Discounting oneself and others
Benedictus Vicimus

Indeed a beautiful life it is
Nothing compared to it
Nothing to note beyond what we have
A life filled with blessings from God above

Do not discount what He can do for each one of us
Don’t limit the powers of God in our life and our destiny
Each prayer is heard according to His plan
His vision is done according to His purpose

We are provided for each of what we need
According to what we can hold and have deep within
Discipline is the formation of our soul
To abide by His rules and follow His commandments

Forgive ourselves and forgive others
Do not forget the works and mercy of the Lord,
Let us give ourselves chances as God has given us abundantly
Learn to see the beauty of God in us and in others

Constantly practice, understanding, patience and love
Believe in the strength of the Lord in us
This make us worthy to receive His Blessings and Mercy
Always be grateful of every we have in life

Do not limit our God and never question His plan
Submit and surrender to His will for us
Prove we are worthy of His blessedness and gifts
Commit to His Holiness, Provisions and Promises, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of the soul

Our Beloved God, forgive us for our moments of weaknesses. Make us aware whenever we tend to neglect You and our relationship with You. Call our attention the moment we offend You in anyway. Inspire us to be sorry for them and try our best to make up for them and avoid doing them again. Strengthen us when we are weak. Embrace us when the world tends to pull us away from You. These we humbly pray with the prayers of the hearts of Mama Mary and all Holy Beings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

PRAYER INTENTIONS (updated 03/02/15)

Our dearest Father, we are offering this day for our life’s mission. Believing in God’s continued guidance and direction upon each one 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: We are faithful Christians if we do not withhold the Son, Jesus, from the people we encounter.

Good News Reflection

Second Sunday of Lent

March 1, 2015

Today’s Readings

Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18

Ps 116:10, 15-19

Rom 8:31b-34

Mark 9:2-10

 

He was transfigured before them. (Mark 9:2)

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was transfigured? He never announced it. His apostles never suspected it. The event was never repeated. So why did he do it? Let’s look at a bigger picture to try to get some answers.

From the day he first called them, Jesus showed his disciples that he had come from God. He performed many miracles. He taught with authority. He revealed God’s mercy. Then when he asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29).

This was a breakthrough moment. The disciples were beginning to believe in Jesus, but their faith still needed to grow. They still didn’t understand what kind of Messiah Jesus was. They didn’t understand that he had to die—or that they had to take up the cross as well (Mark 8:31-35).

So the Transfiguration proved that Jesus wasn’t just another prophet of God; he was God’s Son! It also showed that even though Jesus had to die, he would also rise to a glory beyond their imagining.

God transfigured Jesus as a way of strengthening the disciples—and all of us as well. It was a moment of encouragement before they started their journey to Jerusalem, the place of the cross. But more than this, the Transfiguration gives us a glimpse of the glory that Jesus had before coming to earth, the same glory that he now enjoys as he sits on his heavenly throne. And even more than this, the Transfiguration is a promise for us. It reveals the glory that awaits each of us at the end of our lives—if we remain faithful to the Lord.

We are all works in progress. We all have our flaws. But we are also being “transfigured” day after day. So accept Jesus’ invitation. Follow him, and you’ll be changed “from glory to glory” as your faith continues to grow (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

Transfiguration of our hearts

By Benedictus Vicimus

Your Transfiguration is my transformation to Your HOliness

Your magnificence is upon me

Your Light shines upon my path

Transform my heart, mind and soul

Pouring out your grace through my Savior and kIng

The true light that guides and guard

Erasing the darkness of my soul

Transform me to the perfection of Your Holiness

Sanctify and purify the core, the intentions of my heart

Clear the pride of mind and heart

Let Your peace reign and correct the path

Always lead me toe the path You designed for me. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL

“Here I am, Lord, ready to do your will. Fill me with your grace. Let me know your transforming power. Father as you promised the healing blood of Christ is with us, glowing in our hearts and soul… so I believe with all of us who believe in Your mercy we submit .  We surrender our God all that we cannot control.  We entrust our lives, and everything that is going on.   We believe that if we continue to do good and bear all the sacrifices for your glory all will be fine. With you alone, that is enough. All will pass and but Your love will not change.

In Your Holy Will we wholeheartedly surrender. In Your Unfathomable Mercy we devotedly implore. In Your Immeasurable Love we faithfully believe for you are our one and only God… the only voice that matters. the only one who say IT WILL BE DONE….. So we will continue to live our lives believing and loving now and forever. 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.

Losing I

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: Repentance means letting go of our ways when they’re not God’s ways.
Good News Reflection
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
February 25, 2015
Today´s Saint: Walburga
Today’s Readings
Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Luke 11:29-32
The sign we can trust
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica
What sign are you waiting for that would prove that God really, really loves you? What resolution to a problem, what new job, what reconciled relationship? In today’s Gospel passage, we find out that Jesus is the sign. We need no other sign.
In today’s first reading, we see that Jonah’s mission was to call the Ninevites to repentance. In the Gospel reading, we’re reminded that, like Jonah, Jesus emerged from the belly of death to call you and me to repentance. He is the sign we are given.
Jesus died because he loves you. Then God the Father raised him from death because he loves you. Out of this tremendous love, God calls us to repent so that we can live in his love all the time.
Then why are we reluctant to identify our sins and repent? We’re so determined to resolve our problems in the easiest possible way — without making any sacrifices — that we fail to recognize the sign of the cross. We fail to recognize the love that’s there and the love we receive when we unite our problems to the cross of Christ.
Yet, we stare at a reminder of it every time we go to Mass and look at the crucifix. We hang reminders of it in our homes and workplaces, and we even wear them around our necks! But we think, “That was for you to do, Jesus. I don’t want any part of it! I want resurrection in my life but I definitely do not want to go through the cross to reach it!”
When we sin, it’s usually because we don’t understand how to find God’s love in the situation we’re facing. Sin is a selfish attempt to do things our own way — in other words, to take care of ourselves as if we are greater than God. Jesus’ death and resurrection is a sign that we need to repent of this idolatry. We cannot understand God’s tremendous love unless we trust in that love when the odds are against us. And we can’t trust until we let go of our own ways of fixing problems.
Repentance means changing. Repentance means letting go of our ways when they’re not God’s ways. We need to sacrifice our resistance to the cross. Then and only then can we experience the joy of trusting God.
Joy amidst suffering comes from trusting that God cares about us all the time, no matter what. Joy comes from trusting that God is working a plan that will turn every bad situation into something much better than we can imagine. Joy comes from realizing that every problem is pregnant with Gods activity, i.e., new life is developing in the secret recesses of Gods womb.
Thus begins our resurrection.
Losing I
Benedictus Vicimus’
Most common causes of sin is I, me and myself
The journey is focused on Me, my needs, my wants
Pain starts when the I is not satisfied,
Then anguish, pride, jealousy and all other illnesses of the soul will start to build in the heart.
Losing I is letting go and letting God
Losing I is acceptance of His will and our purpose
Losing I is knowing that beyond ourselves there are more to life
Start the repentance to lose the I and embrace the possibilities of joy in our heart
Repentance means changing. 
Repentance means acknowledging the presence of God in us
Repentance means acceptance of God’s Mercy and Love
Repentance means submission, surrender and letting go
Losing I is embracing life with Jesus; embracing the cross of life
It is embracing life that trust, believes and love everything about HIm
It is embracing the joy of living a life of fullness without any fear or doubt
Losing I is the embracing the freedom to fly from the restrictions of humanity
From the cross, Jesus opened the doors to the impossible
He opened the doors to holiness, purity and eternal peace
Because of love, we are all free and redeemed
Let us lose ourselves in the presence of the Lord and accept His divine will upon us.
My Conversation with the Father 

Prayer of the Soul

 

 

Father, help us to embrace the crosses of our lives. Help us to see beyond our senses, help us see the reason why we need to sacrifice our resistance to the cross. Help us realize that that is the only way can we experience the joy of trusting You our God.

Father, help us to lose ourselves in Your mercy and love. Help us to free ourselves from all the grudges and angers of heart. Help us to repent and find peace in Your solace. Father, we free ourselves from all of this and surrender all that we have, all that we are and all that we hope to be. In Your Unfathomable Mercy we devotedly implore. In Your immeasurable Love we wholeheartedly surrender. In You we faithfully believe that all that are great, holy and perfect will transpire in our lives. We believe because we know the depth of your love for each one of us. Through the Blessed Mother, all the angels and saints. In the Holy name of Jesus 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.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: We separate ourselves from God’s forgiveness whenever we refuse to forgive.

Good News Reflection
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
February 24, 2015

Today´s Saint: Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco

Today’s Readings
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19
Matthew 6:7-15

The healing power of forgiveness
@Terry A. Modica

We all want to have stronger faith. However, this involves becoming stronger in our holiness. We have been made holy by the Holy Spirit, whom we received in fullness during our Baptisms, but learning to live out who we really are is not easy in todays world. And yet its essential for increasing our faith and participating in the miraculous power of God.

Holiness requires struggling against the easier way of life that our flesh nature prefers. It requires effort to, for example, remain in the spirit of love even while others commit sins against us. Our faith is tested in how we handle those we dislike: the ex-spouse, the abusive priest, the employer who fired you, or the friend who betrayed you with no desire to make amends.

In the “Our Father” prayer that Jesus gives us in today’s Gospel passage, he puts special emphasis on forgiveness. By asking God to forgive us for our sins the same way as we forgive those who’ve sinned against us, we’re taking our holiness very seriously. The measure of mercy we give to others is the measure we’re asking God to give us, but dont we usually prefer to receive more mercy than we give?

It’s not that God withholds forgiveness from us like a bribe to make us become more forgiving — he already forgave us 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross on our behalf. The fact is, we separate ourselves from God’s forgiveness whenever we refuse to forgive. In this stormy sea of our unmerciful attitude, we find it hard to believe, deep inside, that we deserve to be forgiven any more than we believe someone else deserves our forgiveness.

Jesus is challenging us to love ourselves at a holier, healthier level. Giving forgiveness frees us to enjoy life; it frees us from dependence on what others do or don’t do to us. And by entering the world of forgiveness, we open ourselves to all of the love that God has for us.

It’s okay to not enjoy forgiving others, especially when they are not remorseful. Jesus wanted to avoid his cross, too. But the only way to resurrection is through the cross.

To grow in faith, we have to stay close to Jesus in both good times and bad, when his hands are reaching out to us with healing love and when his hands are nailed to the cross. By choosing to forgive those who show no remorse, we are united to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us: We are forgiven, we are saved, we are healed.

Identify the people you haven’t really forgiven yet. Make the decision to forgive them, then meditate upon the pain that Jesus suffered in love for you. Realize how much compassion it took for Jesus to do that for you, even though you did not deserve it. Remind yourself that he continues to love you this much every day, no matter what, whether you’re sinning or not.

The Power of Forgiving
Benedictus Vicimus

There are plenty of scoffers that have hurt us
Those who have created a holes in our heart.
A deeper pain that requires a great deal of patience and understanding
We need ultimate love to see beneath the skin.

We need a deeper connection to the Holy Spirit
To grant us the power of, understanding, humility
A great deal of Love to deal with worthless witness,
the scoffers, the lazy, the false witness, endless complainers…..

Looking at the mirror, where do I stand on this?
Am I one of them? Have I done something like this to others?
Feeling sorry and weak, afraid and guilty
Your words are deep, straightforward and pure

Forgive beyond measures…
Forgive without reasons,
Forgive without explanations.
Forgive beyond imagination …..

”Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. Those who keep the commandment will live; those who are heedless of their ways will die. The fear of the Lord is life indeed; filled with it one rests secure and suffers no harm. To get wisdom is to love one; to understand is to prosper.” Proverbs 19

FORGIVE FOR I HAVE FORGIVEN YOU!!!!!
Share the burden of the heart and surrender it.
Leave it under His care, His love,
Trust the entirety of ourselves to His blessedness and mercy.

Conversation with our Father
Prayer of my Soul

Heavenly Father, forgive me oh God! Oh Father, you are my hiding place, you always fill my heart with songs of deliverance. I will trust in YOU!!! OH God I will trust in You….. My heart is weak, my pride is huge, by pain is big but YOU ARE BIGGER than any of this. You are my fortress and my core. Nothing can move me from the comfort of Your LOVE!!!! You are my rock my God! You are my Refuge! You are my Vine that I would like to cling to….. Hold me OH God! Hold me My King! A precious touch of Your love, filling my heart with Your mercy. OH God, what a sinner I am. To dwell in the pain fo the past. What a stubborn child I am to keep the grudges and anger at heart. I am not worthy for this embrace. I am not worthy of your Spirit. I am not worthy to even have this love the empower me to see you in me; to feel your presence at this very minute. Oh God, Oh God what an amazing night it is.. Oh God… my heart is trembling out of this majestic feeling of Your presence… GOD I know! I know I believe!!!! In Jesus name I 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.

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: Doing good deeds for others accomplishes much more than we gain by fasting from delicious foods.

Good News Reflection
Friday after Ash Wednesday
February 20, 2015

Today´s Saint: Amata of Assisi

Today’s Readings
Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

What kind of fasting does God want?
© 2015 by Terry A. Modica

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus seems to contradict the Church’s teaching about fasting for Lent. Consider that Jesus our “bridegroom” is with us every day in the Eucharist and in many other ways. The implication, then, is that Christians should never fast.

To understand what Jesus is really saying, notice how God describes fasting in the first reading.

There are two reasons to fast: One is to deny ourselves something we value, as an act of penance because of our sins, and the other is to provide to others something they value, as an act of love because of our holiness.

Fasting as a penance for our sins is beneficial. However, doing good deeds for others accomplishes much more than we gain by fasting from good meat, good candy, or good fun. Our sacrifices for Lent should benefit others, not just ourselves.

Walking with Jesus means that we fast the way he fasted. What did Jesus give up for Lent? His life!

His Lenten practices began when he went into the desert and resisted Satan’s temptations. Afterward, he gave up his old lifestyle for a new life of service. He gave up the comfort and familiarity of remaining in his own home. He gave up a good reputation when the persecutions began. He gave up his time in order to feed those who were hungry for his teachings. He gave up his own will when the Father asked him to do what he didn’t want to do.

But what about the need to improve our self-discipline and overcome selfishness by practicing self-denial? Isn’t this why the Church asks us to fast for Lent? Yes, and this is very important! This is our own desert experience. Jesus fasted from food and other physical comforts during his desert temptations.

When we want to overcome temptations, we should definitely fast to improve our self-discipline, but this is only the start. We are called to take our holiness out into the world. We are called to minister to others.

What’s the bottom line, the core reason for any of our sins? Lack of loving. If we knew how our sins would hurt others — if we could really envision all the damaging affects — we would feel too horrified to commit the sin. The problem is, we don’t take the time to examine how harmful our sins are until the deed is done and we experience its consequences.

The kind of fasting that God desires from us is proactive, not reactive. Doing good to others is a spiritual discipline that purifies us, increases the flow of love, and overcomes our selfishness without anyone getting hurt.

Random Act of Kindness
By Benedictus Vicimus

Let us all rise with deeper love and generosity each day
Each sacrifice done for others is an experience to touch heaven while we are on earth
Building character that belongs to heaven raises our souls closer to the heart of God
Create an ARK’ A Random act of Kindness” each day to earn heaven day by day

Jesus said, it will not be easy so He sent the Holy Spirit for us
He sent us Gifts of the Holy Spirit each day to walk, talk and think in His behalf
Be the disciple to spread His goodness through us
Share the blessings that God has bestowed to each one of us

Share the love, kindness and generosity to our neighbors
Not only on things acquired on earth but mostly preparing our souls to grow in His Spirit
To enlighten the hearts of others through our works, word in the name of Jesus
Walk in Faith, Hope and Love with others

Every act of trust, faith, and humility moves us closer to Him
It helps shave away the selfishness that keeps us apart from the Lord.
Practicing Love disciplines us, purifies us, increases the goodness
This overcomes our self-centeredness and creates a better us each day.

Conversation with my Father-
Prayer of my soul

Act of Love

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Heavenly Father, oh Mighty God! Oh Loving Lord, whose love for us is eternal and grand. Father, we bow down to you, humbled by the greatness of Your Love to all of us. Our unworthiness creates fear but your love embraces us fully to secure us. Our sins create distance but Your forgiveness gives us ways to return to you. Wholeheartedly we surrender our God, emptying our loads upon the cross. Embracing the Love you have showed us. Father, help us walk like our Savior Jesus Christ. Filled with confidence of Your Mercy, of Your Love, of Your guidance. Help us our God to do good, to do acts of Mercy each opportunity we are given. Father, let the Holy Spirit conquer our daily task. Oh God, your love overflows in our hearts, send us, each one of us to give and share this to others. May we always do what you wish our God not as we wish today, tomorrow and forever. In the name of our dearest and loving Jesus 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 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.

Lord we are continually asking Your Most Sacred Heart for your Divine Healing for all of us who are afflicted physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Humbly offering all the pains and struggles for all the intentions of our hearts. Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, all the angels and saints, In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ we pray. Amen