Friday, March 2, 2012

God Is Patient

The Lord does not delay His promise, as some regard delay, but He is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  ~  2 Peter 3:9

I find so much solace in this Bible passage.  I need God to be patient with me.  I have good intentions but they never seem to come to fruition.  I do get the feeling that time is running out though.  And when I look back on my life, I see so many things that I wish I had done differently.  I need a "do-over".  If only it were that easy.
I'm glad that God is patient.

"I should have no objection to go over the same life from it's beginning to end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first."  ~  Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Disorderly Conduct

For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work... ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12

I've been thinking about this a lot lately.  We live in such a world of disorder, and then I act to create even more disorder.  I'm trying to take a step back, stop being such a busybody, and work in quietness.

"Life is not orderly.  No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce."  ~  Natalie Goldberg

Friday, February 10, 2012

In Times Of Strife

He who walks in darkness, to whom no light appears, let him trust in the Name of Yahweh, let him rely upon his God.  ~  Isaiah 50:10

I've noticed that times in my life when there has been much tribulation, those have been the times easiest for me to 'let go and Let God'.  It's more the 'little conflicts' that arise when I am haughty enough to think that I, and I alone, can solve the problem.
Let me never forget Who the Captain of my ship Is.

"It means the renunciation of all deluded images of ourselves, all exaggerated estimates of our own capacities, in order to obey God's will as it comes to us."  ~  Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Blessings!

For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross. Therefore God raised Him on high and gave Him the name above all other names. ~ Philippians 2:8

O Christians, to the Paschal Victim bring praise!
Jesus Who was crucified has risen!
O God, Who on this day, through Your Only-begotten Son, overcame death, and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: as, by Your anticipating Grace, You breathe good desires into our hearts, so also, by Your gracious help, bring them to good effect. Amen.
(Prayer from Saint Joseph Daily Missal)

Joy to the World!
He Has Risen!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Christ Is Passover

And He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." ~ Luke 22:15

I've been reading a lot about Passover and the traditions associated with this Holy Day, and I wish that our Church still celebrated it. I know the explanation of the Old Testament being fulfilled, but I still wish this tradition had been carried over. I know that the Sacrifice of the Mass is more important than any tradition. And I know that we also remember Christ Passion and His Great Sacrifice on Good Friday, and I love that Christ Is our Passover, but I think it would be nice to celebrate the traditions of Passover with all that in mind.

Passover sacrifice is offered at the Command of God. The sacrificial animal was always male, and without blemish. Each family or society offered one victim together. It was really a house or family sacrifice, something intimate, yet shared as a religious society as a whole.
I also read that the paschal sacrifice indicates the community between God and man.

I wish our Christian Faith had held onto some of the traditions of our Jewish roots and still celebrated them in much the same way that Jesus celebrated them.

Passover Prayer

Long ago, at this season, on such a night as this, a people - our people - set out on a journey.
All but crushed by their enslavement, they yet recalled the far-off memory of a happier past.
And heard the voice of their ancestral God, bidding them summon up the courage to be free.
Boldly, they went forth from Egypt, crossed the Sea, and headed through the desert for the Promised Land.
What they experienced, they remembered, and told their children, and they to theirs.
From generation to generation, the story was retold, and we are here to tell it yet again.
We too give thanks for Israel's liberation; we too remember what it means to be a slave.
And so we pray for all who are still fettered, still denied their human rights. Let all God's children sit at His table, drink the wine of deliverance, and eat the bread of freedom:

Freedom from bondage
And freedom from oppression,

Freedom from hunger
And freedom from want,

Freedom from hatred
And freedom from fear,

Freedom to think
And freedom to speak,

Freedom to learn
And freedom to love,

Freedom to hope
And freedom to rejoice;

Soon in our days,


"Constantly remember the pains of our Crucified Love." ~ St. Paul of the Cross

Monday, March 8, 2010

God's Unfailing Love

There aren't many things we can rely on in life, but there is one certainty ~ God's Unfailing Love.

I trust in Your unfailing love. I will rejoice because You have rescued me. ~ Psalm 13:5

"At the very heart and foundation of all God's dealings with us...we must dare to believe in and assert the infinite, unmerited, and unchanging Love of God." ~ L.B. Cowman

"Look deep within yourself and recognize what brings life and grace into your heart. It is this that can be shared with those around you. You are Loved By God and this is an inspiration to love." ~ Christopher De Vinck

Sunday, February 28, 2010

He's An On-Time God

There's a song by Dottie Peoples titled "He's An On Time God" and one of the lines in this song is:

He may not Be there when you want Him,
but He'll Be there right on time.

This is something I've been contemplating a lot lately, how I've often thought God should be at my beck and call, and how I've often thought He should be answering my every prayer in just the way I want it answered.
I'm trying to become much more at peace with trusting that He will provide my needs according to His plan, and He will be there at just the right time according to His plan.
I still take all my needs to Him in prayer, it's just that I'm trying not to be so anxious anymore about the answer, or about when that answer will arrive.
Patience really is a virtue, and patience is what I've been praying for lately.

Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; Trust also in Me. ~ John 14:1

"If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His Eye is upon us, His Arm over us, His Ear open to our prayer - His Grace sufficient, His Promise unchangeable." ~ John Newton