Mar 4, 2014 - Ordinary Times    No Comments

The answer is in my word.

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Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Mk. 10:28-31) A Tues. of 8th Wk. of Ord. Time.

With baptism you were infused with the reality of me through the Holy Spirit. That means that I am with you always, in a divine way.

You do not need that I come to you for I am there, pray rather that you stay open to my presence in you. I am there with the answers to every question, every challenge, every pain, and every yearning.

Peter declared, “Beloved, the prophets who prophesied the grace that was to be yours, searched…it was revealed to them…(to) set your hopes completely on the grace brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pt. 1:10-16).

“Do not act in compliance with the desires of ignorance…be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, for it is written, Be holy because I am holy.” This is how you keep your heart open to me, living in virtue.

The psalmist sang, “The Lord has made know his salvation. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds” (Ps. 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4).

Peter began to say to me, “We have given up everything and followed you.”

I said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, who will not receive a hundred times more now in the present age…and eternal life in the age to come.”

But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Everything works for the good when you follow the path that I have laid out for you. I am with you always, look to your heart!

Morning: O Lord, help me to listen to my heart to hear your words.

Evening: O Lord, what today did I come to know by listening to my heart today?

Mar 3, 2014 - Ordinary Times    No Comments

Make me first in your life and we will be together forever.

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Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Mk. 10:17-27) A Mon. of 7th Wk. of Ord. Time.

The inheritance of heaven is confirmed though my relationship with you.

Even though the relationship is confirmed you must stay firm in your commitment.

From the first of the morning to the last of the evening be connected with me and you will come to know things you do not know; you will come to have insights you do not have.

Peter wrote, “Blessed be the God, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us new birth to a living hope…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you…safeguarded through faith” (1 Pt. 1:3-9)

Rejoice for whatever challenges and suffering you experience, it will only be a little while before your break thorough to joy comes.

The psalmist sang, “The Lord will remember his covenant for ever” (Ps. 111:1-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c).

As I was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before me and asked, “good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” I said to him, “Why do you call me good? For no one is good but God alone. You know the commandments.”

He replied and said to me, “ “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”

Looking at him, loving him, I said him, “Your are lacking only one thing. Go sell what you have, and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

At that moment his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possession. He was too attached to the things of the world.

Morning: O Lord, help me to detach from the things of this world so that I can put you first.

Evening: O Lord, how, today, did I detach from the things of this world so that I could put you first?

Mar 3, 2014 - Easter    No Comments

Do not judge yourself.

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Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Mt. 6:24-34) A 8th Sun. of Ord. Time.

The human spirit looks to see what it does not have rather that what is has. The world calls it to yearn for what it does not have.

Do not be so hard on yourself, yearning is part of life, you were created to yearn for my Father and the fulfillment that comes from eternal life.

Yearning will be fulfilled on that day when you come to be with me forever. Now offer up the pain you experience from yearning.

Isaiah wrote: “Zion said, the Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me. Can a mother forget her infant? Even should she forget, I (the Lord) will never forget you” (Is. 49:14-15).

The psalmist sang, “Rest in God alone, my soul” (Ps. 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9).

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Brothers and sisters: I do not pass judgment on myself…the one who judges me is the Lord…He will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God” (1 Cor. 4:1-5).

I said to my disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life; what you will eat or drink. Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet their heavenly Father feeds them.”

My Father knows what you need.

Morning: O Lord, help me to accept your guidance in my life.

Evening: O Lord, when today did I accept your guidance in my life?

Oct 26, 2013 - Ordinary Times    No Comments

The concern of the spirit is life and peace.

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Where you place your intentions there your life will be. The human condition leads with the things of the world.

But the human spirit has the gift of the Holy Spirit to give it strength to rise above the pain and challenges of the world and receive the joy of living in faith.

Paul wrote to the Romans, “Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law…those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh (the world), but those who live according to the spirit…will have life and peace” (Rom. 8:1-11).

The psalmist sang, “Lord, this is the people that long to see your face” (Ps. 24: 1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6).

Some people told me about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.

I said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered…they are greater sinners? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will parish as they did!”

I told this parable: “There was once person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard and when he came in search of fruit on it found none…he said to the gardener, ‘for three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.’ So cut it down.”

But the gardener said in reply, “Leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it…it may bear fruit in the future. If not, you can cut it down.”

I call you to cultivate the soil around you; seek out friends that are faithful, pray diligently, and define your faith in action, and you will bear much fruit.

Morning: O Lord, help me focus my intentions on living the faith in action.

Evening: O Lord, when today were my intentions directed correctly?

Sep 17, 2013 - Ordinary Times    No Comments

If you live with a blameless heart anything is possible in my name.

Good Morning, my beloved disciple, I am with you today.

Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Lk. 7:11-17) C Tues. 24th Wk.  of Ord. Time.

It is not one sins that determine the strength of your spirit, but the depth of the intent to do good and live righteously.

Live with a deep intent to live in holiness and your spirit will be strengthened as you open yourself to the influence of the Holy Spirit. When you live in the spirit, anything is possible in My Name.

Paul wrote to Timothy of the qualities that all, not just the leaders of the Church, should demonstrate.

“Beloved, this saying is trustworthy, whoever aspires to (lead in the faith)…must be irreproachable…temperate, self-controlled, hospitable…gentle” (1 Tm. 3:1-13).

The psalmist sang, “I will walk with a blameless heart” (Ps. 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6). Live with the perfecting intent to do good; then anything is possible on my Father’s path for your life.

I journeyed to a city called Nain, and my disciples and a large crowd accompanied me.

As I drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. When I saw her, I was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

I stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and I said, “Young man, I tell you to arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and I gave him to him mother.

Fear seized them all and they glorified my Father. Any thing is possible when you live in the faith.

Morning: O Lord, help me today to live in the faith with the deep intent to do good!

Evening: O Lord, how today did I demonstrate the faith and do good?

Sep 16, 2013 - Ordinary Times    No Comments

Keep those around you in your prayer.

Good Morning, my beloved disciple, I am with you today.

Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Lk. 7:1-10) C Mon. 24th Wk.  of Ord. Time.

Not only pray for your intentions but also pray for those around you.

I created the Church so that you would be in assembly and that in assembly you will pray for each other, not just yourself.

Paul wrote to Timothy, “Beloved: First of all I ask that prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone. It is my wish, then that every place (you) should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument” (1 Tm, 2:1-8).

Pray for others without question, for it is in sharing in prayer that the assembly of believers is strengthened.

The psalmist sang, “Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer…The Lord is my strength and my shield. In him my heart trusts, and I find help…The Lord is the strength of his people, the saving refuge of his anointed” (Ps 28:2, 7, 8-9).

When I had finished all my words to the people, I entered Capernaum. A centurion had a slave who was about to die.

When he heard about me, he sent elders to ask me to come and save the life of his slave. When they approached me, I went with them.

I was only a short distance from the house, when the centurion sent friends to tell me, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.”

When I heard this, I was amazed at him and, turning, I said to the crowd, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”

When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Morning: O Lord, help me today to pray for those I encounter!

Evening: O Lord, when today did I pray for those I encountered?

Dec 13, 2012 - Lent    No Comments

I forgive every indiscretion.

Good Morning, my beloved disciple, I am with you today.

Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Mt. 11:11-15) C Thurs. Second Wk of Advent.

No matter what a person has done I forgive them, but they must seek forgiveness.

St. Augustine who sinned but repented said, ‘God will create you without your participation but he will not save you without your participation.’

Isaiah shared what my Father said to him, “I am the Lord, your God, who grasp you right hand…I will help you. Fear not, O worm, Jacob. I will make you a threshing sledge (a faithful force for good in the world)” (Is. 41:13-20).

He was saying that my Father will take your hand and make you an example for all to follow in righteousness but you must cooperate with his helping hand. My Father will open up the rivers (your soul) on the bare heights (your sinful nature).

As the psalmist sang, “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and of great kindness…let all your works (creation) give you thanks, O Lord, and let you faithful ones bless you” (Ps. 145: 1 And 9, 10-11, 12-13ab).

No matter what you have done if you regret it with your heart and speak reconciliation with your mouth I will forgive you and forget your indiscretions.

I said to the crowds: “Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater that John the Baptist.”

With John was the beginning of the new age, the age no longer of the kingdom on earth but the Kingdom of heaven. John rightfully began this transformation by preaching the kingdom of repentance.

Repent and be saved for the first step to salvation is repentance.

Morning: Lord, help me to repent of my sins.

Evening: O Lord, for what sins today did I repent today?

 

Dec 12, 2012 - Lent    No Comments

Do not be troubled I am with you.

Good Morning, my beloved disciple, I am with you today.

Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Lk. 1:26-38) C Wed. of Second Wk of Advent.

The more filled you are with grace the more you feel my presence in your life. When you are full of grace it is easier to live in the virtues.

As Zechariah prophesied to Israel, “Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! I am coming to dwell among you (I am coming to dwell in your heart)” (Zec. 2:14-17).

“Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the Lord! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.” That is, silence the world of interruptions, to hear my words for you.

My blessed Mother silenced the world so as the psalm says, “You (Mary) as the highest honor of our race” (Jdt 13:18bcde,19).

Because Mary was able to silence the world she heard the message of the angel and in doing so, became the new ark of the covenant, the womb of my birth, the instrument of peace for a world lost in tribulation.

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph…”Hail, full of grace, The Lord is with you…Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…the child will be called the Son of God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid (servant) of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

When you are full of grace you hear the angels voice and come to understand what is being done in your life according to my word.

Morning: Lord, help me to understand your word.

Evening: O Lord, when today did I come to understand your word?

Dec 11, 2012 - Advent    No Comments

I will take care of you if you let me.

Good Morning, my beloved disciple, I am with you today.

Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Lk. 5:17-26) C Tuesday of Second Wk of Advent.

You were created in my image and likeness, with divine intent infused into your soul that was open to my will in baptism though Sanctifying Grace.

Every moment of every day you get my divine attention. But you must be aware of what Isaiah said to the Israelites, “All flesh is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field…the grass withers, the flower wilts…the word of God (my Father) stands forever” (Is. 40:1-11)

Keep you attention on my presence rather that the things of the world.

Isaiah foretold of my coming, “In the desert prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God.”

Open your heart to me so that you will be a beacon of truth. “Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all the people shall see it together (through your faith.)”

Fear not to cry out to herald the good news for I will give you strength like the shepherd who feeds his flock.

The psalmist sang, “The Lord our God comes with power. Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all you lands” (Ps. 96: 1-2, 3 And 10ac, 11-12,13).

I said to my disciples, “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?” And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.”

In the same way, it is not the will of my heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.

No one lost who seeks to be found will remain lost.

Morning: Lord, help me to experience the reality of you guiding me today.

Evening: O Lord, when today did I experience you guiding me?

Dec 10, 2012 - Advent    No Comments

Be strong, fear not, speak joyfully and live love.

Good Morning, my beloved disciple, I am with you today.

Be strong, fear not, speak joyfully and live love.

Today’s Encounter…Jesus Speaking (Lk. 5:17-26) C Mon. of Second Wk of Advent.

Everything is working for the good for those who live their faith in daily life.

As Isaiah foretold of my coming, “The desert and the parched land will exult, the steppe will rejoice and bloom…with abundant flowers and rejoice in joyful song” (Is. 35:1-10).

I come with vindication (forgiveness) with divine recompense. All who live the faith, “Will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will be free.”

As the psalmist sang, “Our God will come to save us! Kindness and truth shall meet, justice and peace shall kiss” (Ps. 85: 9ab And 10, 11-12, 13-14).

To enliven the heart in my coming, speak the words of joyful anticipation and live the actions of love.

Thinking is not enough to deal with the world that wants to suffocate the reality of true joy and true love.

One day as I was teaching Pharisees and teachers of the law…some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed…because of the crowd, they lowered him…through the tiles (of the roof) into the middle, in front of me.

When I saw their faith, I said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

The scribes and Pharisee began to ask themselves, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?”

I knew their thoughts and said to them, “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?’” So I said to the one who was paralyzed, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” And immediately he did so giving glory to my Father.

I say to you speak of joyful things and demonstrate love for all.

Morning: Lord, help me to speak joyfully today and love all who I encounter.

Evening: O Lord, when today did I speak joyfully and love those I encountered?

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