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- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Tuesday
Apr262016

Daily Meditation – Gaze upon God, Gazing upon You

[As you begin this meditation, consider God’s unending gaze upon you with his infinite love, tenderness, and tremendous regard for you.]

"Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you"

- Isaiah 43:4


“Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness. God does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger, Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve. As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful. As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful. For he knows how we are formed, remembers that we are dust. Our days are like the grass; like flowers of the field we blossom. The wind sweeps over us and we are gone; our place knows us no more. But the LORD'S kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age. He favors the children's children of those who keep his covenant, who take care to fulfill its precepts. The LORD'S throne is established in heaven; God's royal power rules over all.

Bless the LORD, all you angels, mighty in strength and attentive, obedient to every command.

Bless the LORD, all you hosts, ministers who do God's will.

Bless the LORD, all creatures, everywhere in God's domain. Bless the LORD, my soul!”

- Psalm 103: 8-23


 

- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

 

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Monday
Apr252016

Daily Meditation – Finding & Bringing Joy

In the movie, The Bucket List, two men (Jack Nicholson as Edward and Morgan Freeman as Carter) with quite contrasting and differing journeys find themselves sharing a hospital room and both having a terminal illness. Given the diagnoses of only a short while to live, this unlikely pair develops a friendship and in the process creates a list of things they want to do before they die. As they proceed on this journey, they each experience life changing revelations.

One of the things on their list was to see the pyramids of Egypt. As they’re looking at the pyramids with a backdrop of blue sky and sunshine, Carter tells Edward that the ancient Egyptians believed that when you die, you have to answer two questions before you get into heaven.

•    Have you found joy in your life?
•    Have you brought joy to others’ lives?


Although the story above is a Hollywood creation, the theme of finding and bringing joy has real meaning. St. Ignatius had a similar transformation as a wounded soldier in that he came to find his greatest joy resulted from his following Christ. Further, as he brought the love of Christ to others, he found profound joy.

Consider the joys in your life and how you bring joy to others.

Find the joy in your life!!


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Sunday
Apr242016

Daily Meditation - The Power of Faith

St. Thomas More Catholic Church, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, serves some of New York's most prominent families. But these well-connected and widely traveled parishioners were moved to tears at Sunday's 12:30pm mass.

Father Linus Nangwele, who is a visiting priest while studying at the United Nations, celebrated the mass. The gospel reading was about the power of faith. Following that reading, Father Nangwele asked everyone what time is was. When he received a response, he then asked for everyone to indulge him for ten minutes.

He began his sermon with the story of Margaret. Forty years ago she lived in a small rural village in Ghana with her four-year-old son. She worked on a farm outside of town, but always left her son behind so he could play with friends. One day, while playing with his friends, the boy suddenly collapsed to the ground. He had stopped breathing, and his stomach had become bloated. The villagers, who were called to the scene, pronounced the boy dead.

Now there were no mortuaries or funeral homes in rural Ghana, so the dead were buried within 24 hours. But Margaret was off working on a farm, so someone was dispatched to get her. When Margaret arrived and saw her son's body she broke down. The villagers informed her that they would bury her boy the next day. But Margaret refused to go along with tradition. She had to know what happened to her son.

Margaret created a sling out of the fabric she was wearing, wrapped it around her son and slung his body over her back. Carrying her son and a rosary, Margaret walked 25 miles to the nearest hospital. When she arrived late at night she explained to the nurse what had happened. The nurse looked at the boy and then told Margaret she would have to leave and go bury her son.

By Margaret refused to leave. She made such a scene that it attracted a doctor's attention. She explained to the doctor that she couldn't believe what had happened to her boy and demanded that he perform an autopsy to determine the cause. The doctor agreed to do so. As he worked for several hours on the boy, Margaret sat outside the door saying her rosary.

When the doctor emerged from the operating room he told Margaret that her son was alive. But, he cautioned, it would take a long time for the boy to fully recover. So Margaret stayed with her son for two years as he slowly recovered. When the boy was discharged from the hospital, Margaret took her son back to their village. Only many villagers refused to believe that the boy was alive. Instead, they thought he was a ghost.

The St. Thomas More parishioners hung on every word as the priest continued his story, explaining that the boy ended up going to school, then on to college, then he entered the seminary, and was ordained a priest in 2000. Father Nangwele then paused briefly, and said; "So today that boy stands before you."

A collective gasp rolled across the pews, then murmurs as people spoke to their neighbor of their surprise. Then the parishioners gave Father Linus a warm round of applause, something that rarely happens during this portion of a mass. But Father Nangwele had more for the gathering.

"What do the letters in the word faith stand for", he asked. He answered himself: "Forward An Issue To Heaven." He said his mother, who never gave up on her boy, had strong faith. Father Nangwele then asked what the letters in the word "push" mean. He responded, "Pray Until Something Happens." Of course, his mother never stopped praying. As he finished his sermon, the priest paused again, and said, "My name is Linus, L I N U S." He then smiled, nodded and returned to the altar to continue the mass

Father Linus has occasionally told this story in his sermons to explain his calling to priesthood. He came to the United States in 2005, and has lived in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale while pursuing advanced degrees in theology and conflict analysis and resolution. His English is fluent, although he has an accent, and his smile in infectious.

After the mass was over, a huge line of parishioners waited to shake Father Linus's hand and thank him for his incredibly moving personal story. In ten short minutes he had given them a powerful reason to have faith.
By Joe Peyronnin, Hofstra Journalism Professor (http://tinyurl.com/o6327at )

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Saturday
Apr232016

Daily Meditation – Wisdom for Today

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

- Source:  G. K.Chesterton

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Friday
Apr222016

Daily Meditation – Finding God in the Simple and Common Circumstances

[Consider the following and seek to find God today in even the most common and ordinary circumstances.]

“We’re searching for something spectacular to convince us of God’s presence. Yet it is the simple things, common events and common longings, where God may be found.”
 
 
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