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Day 230 of 365 Days With God

Take heed not to foster thy own judgment, for, without doubt, it will inebriate thee; as there is no difference between an intoxicated man and one full of his own opinion, and one is no more capable of reasoning than the other.

— St. Francis de Sales

Day 229 of 365 Days with God

To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to  avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for  evil – such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.

—  St. Maximus the Confessor

Day182 of 365 Days With God

Take a moment to think of everything you’re proud of about yourself and your life. Then ask yourself if you would have any of this without God’s permission and aid? Give credit where credit is due; praise and thank Him, not yourself.

— St. Francis of Assisi

We must always  keep our motivations in check; purity of heart is essential if we desire to grow in holiness. God Bless You

Day 174 of 365 Days With God

23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him

Day 170 of 365 Days With God

During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with an incomparable love.

— St. Francis de Sales

How often do we reflect that we are truly in the presence of God?

How often do we realize that we are in the company of our guardian angel?

God granted  St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, from his earliest years, the vision of his own guardian angel and those of others. If you have not read much on St. Padre Pio, I would encourage you to follow this link: http://www.padrepio.catholicwebservices.com/ In fact, there were many times that St. Padre Pio would entertain the angels of those who were requesting prayer.

Today I challenge you to change your perspective of how you fit in this world. It is my hope that as you go about your day you are able to recognize those Holy Spirit moments that our Lord wants to share with you;  one does not have to meditate for hours on the things of God to know that God is with him, but he must quiet his soul long enough to welcome Him in more deeply.We can get so busy with our tasks at hand that we simply forget to make room for the One who has authored our lives. I encourage you to be more aware, more awake, and more grateful for the blessings God is bestowing upon you, even in this very moment.

St. Francis De Sales is reminding us that every moment counts, and that every small decision adds up. How will you respond today to God and to those around you? In love? In humility? In service, and with joy? You are a child of the most High God, and right now, your Heavenly Father is looking lovingly into your eyes and waiting for you to welcome Him in.

God Bless You

Deuteronomy 4: 9

9“Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children —

Day 169 of 365 Days With God

Psalms 25: 4 – 9

4Make me to know thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long.6Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love, for they have been from of old.7Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to thy steadfast love remember me, for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!8Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.9He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

The Psalmist prayer is one for forgiveness and guidance. David knows that he needs the love and forgiveness of his Heavenly Father.  He desires communion with God once more. He wants his Heavenly Father to direct him lovingly in truth and wisdom. He wants no less than all that God has to offer because he has seen what it is to be without Him.   David wants a relationship with God because he knows without it, he will be lost.  David humbles himself before God, knowing that he has sinned against his creator, and is in need of redemption. In reverence and with childlike faith he petitions his Lord once more. He prays and waits for his deliverance to come. How many of us have been filled with regret after we have intentionally run from our Father’s will? David is sorrowful and yet, trusting; he is filled with hope anticipating forgiveness from his most loving and merciful Heavenly Father.

Each day we are given the opportunity to run from sin and to run into the arms of  our Lord.  The tasks are long and the temptations are many, but God who is our strength will lead us out of the darkness and into the light. What lasting power of our own do we possess ?

When we desire what is good and right and allow God to take over, we will find peace.God has given us a gift of free will; we must use it wisely. With God, we can begin again; we can arise from the ashes and be made whole once more.  If you wish to know the way to go, you must only follow the One who always knows the way.

God Bless You

Day 163 of 365 Days With God

Ash Wednesday: Today we begin our 40 day Lenten journey of conversion with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

Joel 2: 12 – 18

12 “Yet even now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

Lent is a time of grace and opportunity; it is a time for us to examine our conscience daily, to admit our shortcomings, and to offer up acts of penance and prayer so that we may find a deeper reliance on our God.  It is our desert experience that will allow us the greatest opportunity for change and transformation in Christ; we must empty ourselves and allow God to fill us up so that we can be fully prepared to renew our baptismal promises when Easter arrives. As we receive the sacred and symbolic (blessed) ashes on our heads we are reminded that it is from dust we came and to dust we will return. “By the sweat of your brow, you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)  On our way to our eternal home our earthly bodies will deteriorate into the earth, but it is our soul that will live on and so we must be fully reconciled to God.  We have been lovingly created in God’s image and it is now, timely, that we must grow closer in likeness to Christ.

Our Lenten journey is what we make of it. If we are willing to look more closely at what keeps us from God(our sinfulness and selfishness) and realize that we are small and in need, we can experience true change and transformation.

As we humble ourselves in recognition of this need we will be blessed abundantly with God’s grace. Christ will show us the way to the cross and it will be well with our soul to follow Him. Each day you and I can find time to pray, to do acts of charity, to fast and deny ourselves, to contemplate on God’s word, and to create new and lasting spiritual habits.

I pray that this Lent brings you much consolation as you die to self and allow God to live more fully in you.

God Bless You