Holy Spirit working through #Blackberry…

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Inspiration was said to only come from perspiration.  I don’t know who said it, but I remember reading it or hearing it somewhere.  I guess if you really want to know, you could “google” it.  Anyway, the truth is that “real” inspiration comes from the Holy Spirit.  Yes, I said it.  God is the key that inspires everything.  A couple of days ago, I read a post that was tweeted by Blackberry, because I follow them on Twitter to make sure that I am up to date with the latest news about my smartphone and my several Playbook tablets.  The blog that they tweeted about was talking about the time of day that we are most inspired to write, and that time was the morning.  The funny thing is, I knew it already, but I needed the knowledge that came from that article to reinforce it in my head.  I believe that God used that blog to inspire me to write more on my blog and I hope that God will continue to use my blog to inspire others to write or do whatever it is that God is calling them to.  The point of this short post today is that if we are looking to be inspired by God to action, we need not look any further than the things that he put right in front of us.  We need to take some time to discern the truth in what we read or see, but that time of discernment could be the thing that God is trying to build in us, patience.

 

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So, you say you know it all…Really?

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Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

I am sorry for not posting this yesterday.  I felt an overwhelming urge to post this, as we celebrated the life of this great Saint yesterday.  I am posting it today, but first, I am feeling called to share the first reading from the Mass readings yesterday.

Brothers and sisters:
I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:
for Jew first, and then Greek.
For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;
as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”

The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven
against every impiety and wickedness
of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
For what can be known about God is evident to them,
because God made it evident to them.
Ever since the creation of the world,
his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity
have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.
As a result, they have no excuse;
for although they knew God
they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks.
Instead, they became vain in their reasoning,
and their senseless minds were darkened.
While claiming to be wise, they became fools
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God
for the likeness of an image of mortal man
or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.

Therefore, God handed them over to impurity
through the lusts of their hearts
for the mutual degradation of their bodies.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie
and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator,
who is blessed forever. Amen.   (Romans 1:16-25)

Now, with the added perspective of today’s first reading from the Mass readings, I am left with an even more powerful urge to share this reflection that I received, as I read this reading yesterday.  It was the sincere act of loving God with our whole heart that will allow us to be filled with exactly what we need to understand in order to live our lives in accordance with His will.  It is not the amount of book knowledge we have learned or are learning that allows us to understand God, it is His grace that has allowed us to open up to the knowledge and we should receive it as a gift and not a kind of exclusive right that only comes to the intelligent or one who is able to comprehend complex thoughts or ideas.  Here is the reading from today that God provided for my perspective…

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.  (Romans 2:1-11)

It is important for me to hear that I cannot be proud of the things that God has revealed to me through scripture or through a spiritual book I read, I should look for ways to impart the knowledge I have been given to the child of God that is sitting in front of me right now.  The ability to be a messenger of God comes from grace as well, so it is important for me to not take that for granted either.  OK, what is the point of this post…Please go back and read the quote from Saint Teresa of Avila on the picture above…Enough said, for now…God bless you!

In case our relationship with him is based on what he has done for us?

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English: Jesus of patience, the work of Pablo de Rojas (XVI) Español: Jesús de la Paciencia, obra de Pablo de Rojas (Siglo XVI) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Gift:  Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.

 

Reading:  Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,j and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people.k Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 2:14-18)

 

Observation:  Death has no power, except if it eternally separates us from God.  The devil had that power to have people remain in their sin, and be lost forever, but we were made free from death by the power of Jesus.  If you read the gospel for today’s Mass, you will hear about his power while he still walked the earth.  His greater power is only fulfilled through his faithful followers, whom he called brothers, who can see in his willingness to suffer death, that he has transferred his power to them to carry out his mission of saving sinners from death.

 

Personification:  Patience. It is important that I remember to have patience with others, the way that God has had patience with me.  If I can display the fruit of patience today, by not blowing anyone up, especially my children, with my words, than I will be well on my way to being able to be patient with anyone.

 

Prayer:  Lord, please show me the way to display the fruit of patience with my children.  You know how they get under my skin and I know it is your power to make them listen the first time.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen!

 

 

 

Thanks be to God…He calls sinners to be saints!

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English: Christian Petersen’s Head of Christ in Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Ames, Iowa (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:  Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.  (Matthew 25:13)

 

Observation:  After reading my journal yesterday, you may have gotten the impression that I was done with sin in my life, and I may have even hoped that it was true when I wrote it yesterday.  However, the truth is, even though I know that I will have to make an account for all of my unwillingness to follow God at times, I still willingly choose to make the same mistakes.  The good news is that even though I did not choose to “stay awake” in the past, I can choose to lean on His grace that is never-ending, and prepare for the imminent return of Jesus by receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

 

Personification:  Patience I am choosing to focus on the fruit of patience again today, because I need to remind myself that even though God is patient with me and my conversion, I must also be patient with myself.  I almost changed the title of my blog today, because of something that I read on Cardinal Dolan’s blog that was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas.  However. I thought that since God is calling me to be a saint, even in my broken “sinful” present state, maybe someone will remember what I wrote as the title for my blog, and find it helpful someday.  http://blog.archny.org/

 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner…Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray that I can embody the holiness that springs forth from your words, agere sequitur esse, “Actions flow from being!”…Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us…I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!

 

 

 

Are we more privileged than the apostles?

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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:  I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”  (John 16:12)

Observation:  It was brilliant what Jesus says about the Spirit of truth immediately after the verse that I chose to journal on today.  However, I chose this verse because it shows me that Jesus was not afraid to tell his apostles that they couldn’t handle the truth yet.  As the footnotes says, it wasn’t because the holy Spirit was going to come and reveal any further truth to them, but he would bring clarity to the truth that had already been revealed.  In my opinion, this would allow them and through the apostolic tradition, us, to discern what is the real path that God wanted them to be on, even if the story did not necessarily make sense, according to our human understanding, at the time.

Personification: Patience  It is my hope that today and every day for the rest of my life, I can wait on the Spirit of truth that Jesus promises in the gospel reading today to reveal the truth to the church and by my association with it, me.  I will try my best not to jump to conclusions about what truth I want to be revealed and allow the holy Spirit to work to bring about the truth when I am ready to hear it.

Prayer:  Lord, continue to open up your Word to me and to the other people who are struggling to keep their faith and keep the church’s eyes focused on the truth that is being revealed from the holy Spirit.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Surely it is not I, Rabbi?

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Gift:  Piety (Reverence)

Reading:  13 Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”  (Matthew 26:25)

Observation:  Today, in the Gospel reading, because of the objection of Judas was so simple and plain, Jesus says he is basically admitting that he is the one who will betray him.  How often do I object to the fact that I am a sinner?  I am hearing today Jesus say to me that it is in that objection to the fact that I am a sinner that I display my need for  the redemption of the Savior saying to me, “You have said so!”  Since, I would rather not hear my Lord say these words to me, I will try and remain fully aware of my sinfulness and ask for Jesus to cleanse me of all my sin and create in me a new spirit of repentance.

Application:  Patience – Enables us to handle frustration and conflict without becoming unduly edgy or annoyed.  It is my desire today and for the rest of my life to display the fruit of patience in all areas of my life.  Today, like always, I believe that unless I am able to be about the work of Jesus Christ with patience, God will have to find new and different ways to build the fruit of patience in me. 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be patient with my family and their lack of focus on the call to holiness of all the disciples of Jesus Christ.  Please create in me a new spirit of repentance and allow me to see your face in everyone I meet.  I ask this as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

How am I brought low, and shouldn’t I embrace it?

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 As everyone who knows me knows, I love to post the videos of the Pope, and I hope you can see the parallel to my journal today…

Gift:  Wisdom

Reading:  When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.  Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’  Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.

Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?‘  (Matthew 18:24-27,33)

Observation:  As I am reading the Gospel reading for today’s Mass this morning, I was thinking about how I try and look with compassion on those that do me wrong.  It is not easy to do, but I know it is the right thing to do.  It is not my job to hold someone accountable for their actions.  It is between them and God, and I will only be judged on my ability to forgive them, as it relates to how God forgave me, which is a pretty tall order.

Application:  Patience  If I can display this fruit in my life, I feel like it would help others be able to forgive the people who do them wrong.  Patience being the ability to handle frustration in the face of adversity without becoming annoyed.  Also, no matter what comes my way, I need to act with patience to show that I trust God to bring me through it.

Prayer:  Lord, allow me to be able to display the fruit of patience in my life today and for the rest of my life, so you can show others how you are doing work in my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.