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!

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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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Be Available! Pray, pray and pray!

Bear Fruit!

“Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it, and fertilize it; it may best fruit in the future.”
Luke 13:9

What an important time Lent is, but we can make it wonderful! Our Lord will use this time to cultivate our lives. The goal is to bear fruits of love and peace. The world need us to bear fruit abundantly!

We are already at the third week of Lent, and we have this wonderful reminder of the Parable of the Fig Tree. However, if we do not heed the message the Lord is giving us, it is just a beautiful example of literature.

Be available to be cultivated!

In our prayer we allow ourselves be cultivated and fertilized with the Holy Spirit, and bear fruit to change our world. Jesus wants us to do this, He will always be available to do this, but we must do our part, pray!

Be fruitful!

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