Who has the authority to rid our lives of maleficence…For good?

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SEVEN SACRAMENTS - Penance

SEVEN SACRAMENTS – Penance (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

Gift:   The Gift of the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints.  (Taken from prayer for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit)

Reading:  The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my servant will be healed.”  (Matthew 8:8)

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When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, And he drove out the spirits by a word, and cured the sick.  (Matthew 8:16)

Observation:  As I read the Gospel this morning, I heard the call to keep reading the Word of God and seeking the salvation from my sinfulness from the truth that is contained in the word, as it says in the two verses that I selected above.  However, when I watched the video reflection for today on the USCCB website, I realized that since today is the Feast the Martyrs of Rome, and the first reading is from the Book of Lamentations, it may just be one specific word that I am looking for to save me from my sinfulness.   The word is “repent”.  To me, it means to be contrite about my past sins, and seek out the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis, and know that it is by God’s grace that I can be healed of my maleficence.

Personification:  Patience  This may sound weird, but most of what I write probably does, but I need to learn to have patience with God and the work that he is doing in me.  In order to display the fruit of patience, I cannot let myself get down about where I have been or the decisions I have made in the past, I must focus on His grace that flows freely from the Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Prayer:  Lord, if you remember my sins no more, help me know that you are aware of all of my sinful tendencies, and lean on your grace to save me from them.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen.

What are your people expecting of you?

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Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Saint Peter and Saint Paul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gift:  Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.

Reading:. Then Peter recovered his senses and said, “Now I know for certain that [the] Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”  (Acts 12:11)

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But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.  (2 Timothy 4:17-18)

Observation:  So, on the day when we remember that Saint Peter and Saint Paul died for their faith, I am hearing in the first and second reading, a reminder that what God has planned for my life should not be what my people are expecting.  He will certainly send down his angels to protect me and rescue me from evil, but the goal is not the rescue, it is to finish the race well.

Personification:  Faithfulness  In order to finish the race well,  I am hopeful that I can display the fruit of faithfulness to my God and His church.  I should remember the rest of the readings as well.  For in the gospel, Peter is given the keys to the kingdom, the authority to loose and bind the things of this world.  My hope is that I can get back to confession today and remember to go back to this fountain of God’s grace more often, regardless of whether I would consider my conduct good or bad.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be faithful to you and your church in my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Technical difficulties…

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The current logo for We’re Experiencing Technical Difficulties (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think I found the problem with getting my videos uploaded…I don’t know what I am doing…LOL…Anyway, I should have it figured out by tomorrow morning and be ready to post my first real video blog!  Of course, if it is God’s will for me and this blog site.

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Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary…Pray with me?

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Litany of Loreto

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Christ have mercy.
V. Lord have mercy. Christ hear us.
R. Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Marypray for us. 
Holy Mother of God, pray for us. 
Holy Virgin of Virgins, [etc.]
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good Counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,

V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord. 
V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may we be freed from present sorrow, and rejoice in eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.