We Begin Again!

Be Alert!

Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Matthew 24:42

We are in a most wonderful time of the year. These days before Christmas are very special and give us memories that we will carry often for the rest of our lives. These special time are Divine Times. Do not miss them!

Along with these wonderful experiences are the stressful things we do make these times special. Some times we have to go through the stress to make the preparation for others to feel loved and appreciated. However, if we lose focus about why we are working so hard to make everything special, if we forget the reason for the season, then we may miss the true gift, Jesus! He wants to come into our lives and bring us His Love!

Do not miss Divine Love because we are too busy! Do not miss the memories we need to experience so that we can call on them when times get rough!

God gave us these times so that we can experience the peace that is beyond all understanding.

Leave an opening in our days during this stressful time of the year to receive Jesus who is coming, but we must be alert to receive Him!

Happy and prayerful Advent!

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Year of Grace, 2022

Good Endings!

“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare.”
Luke 21:34

We are at the last moments of the last day of the Liturgical Year 2022 of the Roman Church, and it is time to let go of the old year, Scripturally speaking, and enter into our preparation for Christmas, Advent. Advent begins tomorrow.

The message for this day is to be alert!

There are so many things going on in our world that can deadened our hearts. There is so much death from natural causes, and human to human hate; this is our reality. We have a choice to make, to give up hope for a better day, or to be people of hope when all seems to be hopeless.

Choose hope!

Being alert means staying close to God knowing that we will have the Final Victory in God!

Pray that our hearts not been hardened, but rather supple in Divine Love!

Let us keep each other in prayer! It is our weapon against despair!

Pax.

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Jesus The Humble King!

Divine Humility Saves Us!

And he said, Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Luke 23: 42-43

Jesus the King is humble!

The life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus is a lesson in humility that changes our world. The use of humility in our lives must follow this example of Jesus on the Cross. It shows the Power of Love.

St. Dismas, the person who stole Heaven, one of the two criminals that were crucified with the Lord, had to be humble to receive Paradise. Humility for him meant being honest about his life, and trusting in Divine Mercy, and asking in total trust to be with Jesus forever!

Total trust in Jesus leads to Paradise with Him!

This is how we must celebrate the true meaning of the Feast of Christ the King, to know we are not worthy, but come to Jesus are we are, ask Him for mercy, and make Him King of Our Lives!

Hail King Jesus!

Happy Feast of Christ the King!

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We Will Follow the Lord!

Jesus is Our Hope!

By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Luke 21:19

Life gets challenging! Many times we prepare for one thing, something positive, and yet we get the result of something negative, totally counter to our understanding. We have a choice to make, give up, or trust in Jesus and move forward. This is endurance!

We move forward in our lives, hoping to be instruments of Divine Love, yet doors keep closing in front of us. We still keep moving forward, we keep doing acts of love, yet may see no positive results, but we do not stop! This is endurance!

Why do we keep getting up when we are pushed down by people, places, and/or things? We choose to be who we are, not who others want us to be!

We follow Jesus who went to the Cross because He was/ is truly Himself.

Jesus is the Model of Endurance!

Jesus was nailed to the Cross, He died forgiving those who lied about Him, abused Him, but because He Endured, He Rose from the died and is with us who follow His Cross!

We will rise!

Peace.

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We Rise!

The Resurrection Faith!

“Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to Him.”
Luke 20:38

Resurrection Faith brings meaning to our lives. It is required if want to have Jesus as our Lord! The Lord’s Disciple must follow Him even when things do not make sense according to the world.

Jesus chose love!

The Resurrection Life Choice requires Love! This goes against the way the world works.

Jesus said:”But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them…”
Matthew 5:43-44

This radical approach to life led to the Passion and the Death of Jesus! But for those who follow the Lord, this is not the end of the story!

Choosing to love people, all people, means to following Jesus, and will lead us to the result of Jesus’ life, Resurrection!

Choose the way of peace, choose Resurrection Life, rise now from whatever may be holding us down!

Choose to Rise!

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Let Mercy Reign!

Mercy Over All!

And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.

For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
Luke 19:9-10

Jesus is present to everyone who seeks Him, and this is what we find in our friend Zacchaeus! We can assume many people would avoid him. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and because of this, he was a wealthy person, and unliked because he collected money for Roman Empire, the occupation forces over Judea.

Zaccheaus had everything the world could offer him, but that was not enough for him! And that is not enough for us either!

Zacchaeus also had another obstacle other than be hated for his occupation, he was short in stature. But thanks be to God, God provided a tool that was present before Zacchaeus knew he needed it, a tree to climb, and used it to get the attention of Jesus! Jesus saw him, loved him, and gave us an example of how to be saved!

Jesus is always present to us, we must let go of whatever other people think of us, and our own limitations that may get in the way with our relationship with the Lord!

Jesus will say to us, what He said to Zacchaeus, “Salvation has come to this house!”.

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Humility Matters!

Let Humility Reign!

“…(F)or everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:14

Jesus tells us clearly what He wants from us. Jesus tells us to be more like Himself!

We can accomplish many things in the days of our lives, and these things can create in ourselves a false pride. A false pride is that we did these accomplishments by ourselves and for ourselves. This is a lie!

Everything we accomplished comes out of what God had given us!

All the World is a gift!

All we are belongs to the Creator!

Let us meditate on Divine Humility. God enters the world born in a cave/ stable, so that we could be saved and find true peace.

True peace is not found in things in this world, but rather found in total surrender to the Creator!

Let everything we have and everything we do come out of our total surrender to the Creator. May we be reflections of the Divine Humility!

Pax.

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Prayer Is The Answer!

Prayer Changes Things!

And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1

In all situations pray!

Prayer can be a life and death situation! We see that an entire nation was save by prayer. We have the example in the Torah, Exodus:

Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed… Exodus 17:11.

Moses holding his hand up in prayer meant victory, that is, survival for his people in battle! As Moses became tired, he needed prayer support! Aaron and Hur were needed to hold up, support, Moses in prayer by holding up his hands. That day the Hebrews won victory over Amalek.

The Victory over Amalek can say much about our lives!

There are many battles that we have to deal with in life. There even can be several battles in a given day that we need victory over. Our first, and most powerful tool is prayer!

Prayer Changes Things!

The first thing that must change is ourselves. Prayer changes us! It will keep us from giving up! It will change how we perceive things and give us strength for whatever battle we have to fight. Often that fight is with ourselves!

How do we love people who have been mean to us? Pray!

How do we keep our love ones together? Pray!

How do we get up in the morning and move forward when we feel life’s pressures? Pray!

Pray first and then act! Prayer helps us get our minds and hearts straight, and in doing so, our actions will more effectively lead us to victory!

Bringing ourselves to God in prayer is powerful indeed!

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Come to Jesus!

Receive Total Healing!

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. He was a Samaritan.
Luke 17: 15-16

There were 10 people who were healed, but only one returned to give thanks. Where are we in this story? We have been through so much during these last three years, are we like the Samaritan who comes to the Lord and thank Him that we are still on ”This Side of Eternity.”

When we follow the example of the “Thankful Samaritan”, our world changes!

A spirit of thanksgiving changes our reality! To acknowledge that ever moment we have is a Divine Gift, we allow ourselves to be in relationship with the Healer, Jesus, and have true peace!

The Thankful Samaritan experienced total healing, which is being in relationship with the Healer! May we follow his example!

Thank you Lord! All I want to do is thank you Lord!

Pax.

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Faith Power!

May We Move The Things That Block Us!

The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Luke 17: 5-6

Faith Power!

At times I forget how powerful faith is. It is a fact that is often taken for granted, but without it, we are not able to move. This is especially true when life is difficult. Having faith allows us to move forward when all seems lost. We may think it is impossible to continue our dreams, but with faith, oftentimes things that seem impossible become a reality!

We have gone through some times that may have seemed impossible. We have been through COVID-19. At this writing, many of our friends and family members are recovering from hurricanes, and they must move forward in faith. Faith reminds us life will get better!

New Beginnings!

When a “tree” becomes an obstacle in our life’s path, it has to be removed. Faith gives us the power to move it with the help of our faith in God!

What is blocking us today?

Pax.

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