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.