St. Peregrine's Novena Start - 4/26 to 5/4
Sunday, April 27, 2008
St. Peregrine's Novena Start - 4/26 to 5/4
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Good Shepherd Sunday
I love this picture...
a pure example of Jesus rescuing His sheep in the thorns of life.
During my prayer time today, I was reminded of some of the times I have cried out to Jesus like the little lamb above...and just how fast I was rescued. Sweet Jesus, help me to remember how fast You come to rescue us. Help me remember no trap or snare set by Satan can survive, with You guarding us...You are The Good Shepherd who never abandons us...Amen
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.In verdant pastures he gives me repose;beside restful waters he leads me;he refreshes my soul.He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.With your rod and your staff that give me courage.You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;you anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We are graced to receive so much Love in prayer. This Love is not meant to be held on too, but to share. If we feel God’s Love during prayer....why should it stop when the prayer is over? Jesus continues to fill you up as you share His gifts...the more you share, the more He pours upon you.
My prayer today is to share a little more of Jesus then I did yesterday...each day sharing more and more...how awesome it will be to feel God's Love being pour in abundance upon us everyday.
An invitation to one reading this blog today is: reach out to one extra person that you would have not before today. Give them an ear, hand, food, Love, your unconditional compassion.
The awesomeness of this challenge is God has already gone before you...if you decide to take this extra step today...you will not be alone...He will help you and you will be fulfilled in giving.
Please don't misunderstand my brothers and sisters in Jesus. I am sure most of you reading this post...already have a ministry if not more then one.
An invitation today is to go one step further...I too will share in this challenge...I am disabled, but there is still much I can do today. I can pray an extra rosary for someone or more then one, start a novena for someone. Or call someone who may need me to listen to them. I have been able to get up a little more...I can also try to make something for a friend.
If you cook meals for the poor, cook an extra meal for your pastor/priest or someone you know that is out of work. If you tend to the sick...visit someone you know that is homebound and bring them a flower, a hug. If you work full-time...reach out to someone that is hurting at your work.
This is not a new challenge, but certainly a challenge we can exercise when we extend the loving grace that God pours over us during our prayer time.
My prayer for you...May God pour His abundant Grace upon you...may your eyes be open to see how God's Love in YOU can be shared...and may that precious love be born anew, refresh with a zeal that only God's Love can give...Amen.
P.S. If you decide to take this invitation today…would you please share with me your experience on how God’s Love in you bloomed...Thank you and God Bless you!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Saint Aphraates (c.345), monk and Bishop at Nineveh,
"God does not ration his gift of the Spirit"
If from one fire you light other fires in a great many different places, the first fire is not lessened in the least… It is just the same with God and his Christ: although they are one, yet they dwell within each of the great multitude of men. In the same way the sun is not a bit diminished in heaven because its power is poured out on the earth.
When it was a grievous burden to Moses to lead the camp alone, the Lord said to him: “I will take some of the spirit that is on you and will bestow it on the seventy elders of Israel” (cf. Nb 11,17). But when He took away some of Moses’ spirit and the seventy men were filled with it, was Moses deprived in any way? Did anyone notice that he had less spirit?
Moreover the blessed apostle Paul also said: God distributed the Spirit of his Christ and sent it into the [New Testament] prophets (cf. 1Cor 12,11.28). But Christ was not in any way hurt by this, for his Father did not ration his gift of the Spirit.
It is in this sense… that Christ dwells in faithful men. And he suffers no loss though He is divided among so many. For the Prophets received of the Spirit of Christ, each as much as he was able to bear. And today, too, it is the same Spirit of Christ who is poured forth upon all flesh so that sons and daughters, old men and youths, menservants and maidservants might prophesy (Jl 3,1; Acts 2,17).
Something of Christ is in us, yet he is in heaven at the right hand of his Father. And Christ did not receive the Spirit by measure, but his Father loved him and delivered all things into his hands, and gave him authority over all his treasure... And also our Lord said: “All things have been handed over to me by my Father” (Mt 11,27)… And finally the apostle Paul said: “Everything will be subjected to Christ excluding the Father who subjected everything to him. When everything is subjected to him then he himself will be subjected to God his Father who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all” (1Cor 15,27-28).