Lifting up holy hands…

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Gentleness (1861), by Jean Marcellin (1821-188...

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Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  * It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.  (1 Timothy 2:8)

Observation:  As I read the readings this morning, I had not said my normal morning prayers due to a break in my normal morning schedule.  After I read the first reading, I realized that I shouldn’t miss my morning routine.  I normally pray with my hands positioned in a way that reflects the posture that identifies the way I feel that I should be addressing God, which is why this verse was such a resounding call to get back to my routine.

Personification: Gentleness  I will try to display the fruit of gentleness to everyone today.  This includes my family.  I know that it is difficult to display gentleness sometimes, but with the grace of God it will be possible to display the fruit of gentleness even in the midst of disciplining my children.

Prayer:  (Saint Francis Prayer)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen


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