Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spiritually Adopt a Priest

Our priests need prayers.  Priests are challenged as satan seeks to tempt them and devour their souls. They are the first line of attack that satan wages on our church.  He knows that without our priests, we have no sacraments.  We have no Eucharist.   Evil seeks to destroy our church.  Without priests, we have no church.  They are the roots of the vine that Jesus planted when he chose Peter as our first Pope and the apostles as our first priests.  Without prayer, priests are unarmed in a world of sin.  We need to pray for our priests! 

I offer this suggestion when praying for priests.  Adopt a priest for a year or for a life time.  Pray for that priest.  Pray for him as if he were one of your family, one of your children.  Gather together as a family and pray a rosary for your priest.  When you cannot gather together, pray for this priest yourself.  Offer three Hail Mary's a day for him.  He is one of our Mother's beloved sons.  Offer up your sufferings for him.  Pray for his strength.  Pray that he have a burning love for souls.  Pray that he be given energy when he's tired.  Pray for him to see Jesus in every soul.

Read more at "His Unending Love.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Priestly Prayer of Jesus

And Jesus Prayed
John 17

After Jesus had spoken these words, He looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come;  glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I glorified You on earth by finishing the work that You gave Me to do.  So now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had in Your presence before the world existed.

Read More at "His Unending Love."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Quick Bytes #70: Your Second Birthday

Quick ... what day were you baptized?

If you are like me, or the hundreds that Pope Francis asked, you might not know.

But we should. 

And in his words, we should celebrate it as "our second birthday".  After all it is the day God forgave us from our sins and welcomed us into the Church.

And what better present is there than that?

Friday, November 15, 2013

I need to Pray More

Yes, I really do.  I need to bring myself closer to God.  He waits in the silence of my heart for me to speak.  He stands there as my Lord and Savior.  His arms outstretched on the tree. Yes, I really do need to pray more.  For He is My God.  I am His Child. 

I need to remember the patriarchs of old who worshiped God in the deserts, valleys and hills.  They followed his commands.  He was their God, and they were His people.  They were loved and cherished by the One Who created all.  He was their great I AM.

Read more at "His Unending Love." 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When We Die

Our hearts stop beating.  Our lungs no longer fill with air.  Our bodies cease to function.  Our immortal souls are released from our bodies.  We enter into eternal life, and our souls leave our physical bodies.  We only take with us, that which we are.

Reports from those who have returned include tunnels through which the soul flies at speeds unknown on earth.  Lights are brighter than any here.  Colors are vibrant and living.  Colors that have never been seen are visible to the soul who has left the body.
Read More Here at "His Unending Love."

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Couple of Thoughts from Great Saints - On Obedience

You will become a saint if you have charity, if you manage to do the things which please others and do not offend God, though you find them hard to do.

- Saint Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)

Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue; there is neither goodness nor love. And where there is no love, there is no God. Without God, we cannot reach Heaven. These virtues form a ladder; if a step is missing, we fall down.

- Saint Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quick Bytes #69: A Clear View

In today's Gospel, we read how Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree so he could have a clear view of Jesus.

Zacchaeus did not let anything - the crowd, the grumbles or his physical limitations - get in the way of seeing his Savior.

I'm pretty sure we can apply that lesson to our daily lives.

(Tree climbing not required)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Quick Bytes #68: Saint You

The Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2013

Think having your own Feast Day is out of the question?

Not so.

Someday, today could be your Feast Day.

I'm praying that happens.