Daily Mass Quotes – July 2014

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

BubblesThen the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.”  A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.  When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?”
1 Kings 19:11-13

Why are YOU here, beloved?

Was it to discover magnificent colors? Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos? Was it just curiosity? Was it accidental? Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?

silenceOr were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to Whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE! Life, it’s in You! And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.

Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful – Whispers to the Wind . . .

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July 31, 2014
(St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest)
The LORD said to the Israelites through the Prophet Jeremiah,
like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,”  Jer 18:1-6

potterThat’s us, beloved!
When we mess up and feel all crunched up and downtrodden, cheer up, it’s just God starting all over again with us.  So the next time we feel like we we’ve been run over by a train, have hope.  We are a work of art in progress.  And very soon, something extraordinarily beautiful will come forth!  A new and marvelous us!

July 30, 2014
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”   Mt 13:44-46

Imagine a treasure that never got old.
A treasure that never got boring.
A treasure that didn’t depreciate the moment you came into possession of it . . .

But just kept on getting better and better and better.

That’s the JOY of the Kingdom of Heaven.
That’s the Joy we find in Jesus!
And we find Jesus in one another.

Praise God!

 

July 29, 2014
(St. Martha)
Jesus said to Martha, the sister of Lazarus who had just died, I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?  Jn 11:19-27

Worried to death?

St. Paul says: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7

Peace, Life, Belief!

July 28, 2014
The LORD said to me (Jeremiah): Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;
wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.   Jer 13:1-11

Definitely not a bathing suit!
Sometimes God can be so seriously FUNNY!

July 27, 2014
(Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
St. Paul said, Brothers and sisters:  We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”  Rom 8:28-30

Those who love God first.  And those who are called according to His purpose.  So what all do we do that we are not “called” to do?  Bet there’s a lot in that category!  So if we’re not working according to his purpose, even though we may say we love Him, all things just might not work for “good.”

We need both Love and Focus.  Focus on what can help God, our neighbor and the poor.  Then we’ll always find that things work to the Good!  Blessings beloved!

July 26, 2014
(Sts. Joachim and Anne)
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.  My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  Ps 84

Are we longing for something or someone, beloved?  But we just can’t put our finger on what!  Maybe it’s the Lord we long for.  Come Lord Jesus, we open our hearts to you.

July 25, 2014
(St. James, Apostle)
Jesus said, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”   Mt 20:20-28

Hmmmm, servant, slave?  Ahhh, the rub.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about me, me, me!  And that’s where the huge dichotomy in life lies.  One either believes this Truth and lives it – “life to the full,” or shuns it and makes believe it is otherwise.  It’s all in the giving!  It’s all in the service!

July 24, 2014
Jesus said, blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”   Mt 13:10-17

Ever consider yourself BLESSED, beloved?  Jesus tells us that we are.  And that is because, of all the things we could be reading, watching, or listening to, we chose His Word.  May our loving Lord bless YOU abundantly and always!  That’s Love!

July 23, 2014
(St. Bridget of Sweden)
The Word of the LORD came to me (the Prophet Jeremiah) thus:  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. Jer 1:1, 4-10

Within the last few weeks, we’ve heard several parables from Jesus that relate the farming and fishing lives of the people of His day to this – life-saving Word of God.

And even though we still have people who fish and farm for a living today, it might be a little more difficult for everyone to understand those kinds of stories.

But we probably can ALL relate to, the feeling that Jeremiah had, when God called him to be a prophet.  Because one constant thing that life makes all of us well aware of, is the fact that – if we don’t watch out and protect ourselves, we’ll likely get dumped on.

And usually the dumping is not always nice.  We get telemarketers and crank phone callers.  We’re bombarded with advertisements for one thing or another in the mail.  And there always seems to be someone else wanting our money for ‘some worthy cause’.  It’s enough to make us crazy.

And so we see the natural response of Jeremiah’s call by God, as a bunch of excuses, why he shouldn’t be the one to do it.  He was too young.  He couldn’t speak.  And we could just picture him, wishing he hadn’t picked up that particular phone call, that particular day.

But God assured Jeremiah, that this was exactly what he was built for.  God said, I knew you and dedicated you for this, before you were even bornAnd so it was. And so Jeremiah became one of the Greatest Prophets the world had ever known.

Sometimes, beloved, we need to let go of those preconceived walls that we tend to build between ourselves and others – built there because of how the world has conditioned us.

Through His parable of the Sower and the seed, Jesus tells us that we can respond to God’s calling in our lives in four different ways.

We can allow the world to come along and eat up every good opportunity that comes along . . .  Like the birds eating up the seeds along the path.

We can build those walls around us to be so impenetrable, that nothing new can ever come into our lives . . .  Like the seed that fell on rocky ground and died.

We can keep ourselves so busy with the everyday activities of life, that we don’t even hear God’s beautiful messages to us . . .  Like the seeds that were choked out by the thorns.

Or . . . We can Open up our hearts to take a few moments every day, just like today: to Pray a little, to Think about the Scriptures and to Discover little quotes, like the ones Jeremiah heard from God, that were written to us as well . . .

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

Before you were born I dedicated you

so “Have no fear before them, because I am (always) with you,
to deliver you (and to save you)
” says the Lord!

baby-gift_from_godWe are loved, THAT much beloved! 
And we need to let the world know
that THEY are too!

July 22, 2014
(St. Mary Magdalene)
Jesus said to Mary, Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.  But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

Mary, Peter and John – which one was first to find the empty tomb and encounter the Risen Christ really doesn’t matter.  They were all of different personalities and even male and female – Jesus is here for ALL.  But be careful not to cling to an image or concept.  Jesus is among us all, within our brothers and sisters, here and now.  Want to find Jesus?  Look into the hearts of your brothers and sisters.  Need the strength, the wisdom to do that?  Seek the Holy Spirit.   Everything we need is right here at our fingertips, in every breath we take and in the air we breathe.

Mary Magdalene alexander-ivanov-christs-appearance

 

July 21, 2014
Jesus said to the unfaithful Pharisees who insisted on seeing a sign, An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.  Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.  Mt 12:38-42

JonahAnd after those three days, Jesus would return to complete His mission, just as Jonah did.  Jesus would reinforce the need for repentance and send His disciples (Apostles) out to spread the “Good News” that God still loves everyone and that Jesus came to save us.  That’s some pretty awesome Good News, beloved!  From an extremely AWESOME God!

July 20, 2014
(16th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”  Mt 13:24-43

The Kingdom of Heaven is just!
The Kingdom of Heaven grows!
And the Kingdom of Heaven has the ability to turn the nasty into nice!

A little patience, a little forbearance and the knowledge and hope that Justice will come and we will be found worthy in that final judgment!  Come Lord Jesus!

Homily Link:  The Dichotomy of Life . . .

July 19, 2014
God said through the Prophet Isaiah, Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.  He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.“   Mt 12:14-21

a smoldering wick - video linkOur Hope is in Jesus and a time when Justice will flourish!
Come Lord Jesus.  We need you now!

July 18, 2014
Jesus said to the Pharisees, I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.  If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men.  For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.  Mt 12:1-8

The long story is that the Pharisees were constantly picking on Jesus and His disciples for not obeying the strict laws of Jewish religious tradition; even if those laws contradicted themselves.  For example, not to work meant, not helping others, not eating, not lifting a finger on a Sabbath (the Holy day for the Jews).  Jesus’ rebuttal was that the relationship with God and others was more important to God than showy exhibits of religiosity.

Really makes one think about what our own motives are for religion.  Is it all to make us feel good, or is it to develop good relationships, help others and in the process love God in them, as well?

July 17, 2014
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.”   Mt 11:28-30

Where do we go in the midst of burdensome labor?  Cigarette or coffee break?  Gossip?  Chocolate?  Or, just pulling our hair out?
Jesus says “Come.”  When we remember Jesus in the midst of it all, sometimes we’ll just be amazed at what can happen for the good, for the solution!

And where do we go after that day is over?  TV?  A good drink?  The burned out ear of a patient spouse?  Jesus says “Come to me.”  He’s as close as that Bible sitting on your coffee table.  Or even just a prayer!

“And I will give you rest!”

July 16, 2014
(Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
Jesus said, I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Mt 11:25-27

Why “the childlike”?  Dependency, trust, respect, humility (or lack of need for pride), openness.  When we can develop these characteristics – just like a child, then the hidden will come to light and we will have the wisdom of knowing God!

Mount_Carmel

Mount Carmel (Israel)

July 15, 2014
(St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. Mt 11:20-24

Tough day of readings.  But some days, maybe the whisper is a reminder as well, that we must never forget our weaknesses.  Yes, we all sin to some extent.  The question is, “Have we repented and believed in the Gospel?”

Jesus has shown us the Way.
The evidence is clear.
Let’s not forget,
we are His beloved!

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July 14, 2014
(St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin)
Jesus said, Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Mt 10:34-11:1

Same old question, beloved.  What are we willing to lose in order to gain (eternal) life?  St. Kateri, the first native American saint in the Catholic Church gave up much!  She was a beautiful example of sacrifice for the sake of Jesus.  For you see, Kateri lost her parents and brother to smallpox in New York in the mid 1600’s.  And in that epidemic, she herself was scarred for the rest of her short life.

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Lily of the Mohawks

Her mom, a faithful Catholic served as Kateri’s model.  And when the opportunity came a second time in Kateri’s short life, she herself was baptized a Catholic at 19 years old.  But the community in which she lived and her family did not accept her faith and after persecution and eventual death threats, Kateri fled to Canada where she lived only a short time longer (she died at 24 years of age).  St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012.

Sometimes life throws situations at us that we may not always like.  And when that situation involves a choice between our Faith in Jesus and creature comforts, we just might ask ourselves which we would choose.  Do we choose Jesus?

July 13, 2014
(15th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.”  Mt 13:1-23

Otherwise you wouldn’t even be here!
Thank you from me.
Thank you for Jesus!!!

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And a very big hug and Happy Birthday for my youngest son, Brother James!  With prayers and blessings as you pursue the Franciscan Priesthood!

Bro Jimmy 2013

 

July 12, 2014
Jesus said to His disciples, Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.  But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”   Mt 10:24-33

And one thing we truly do not want, beloved, is for Jesus to deny us before the Father.  Love Him.  Speak of Him often.  And bring others to His salvation.  There is NOTHING better – in this life, or the next!

July 11, 2014
(St. Benedict, Abbot)
Jesus said, be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts . .
When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  Mt 10:16-23

Ever say something, beloved, so profound, so innocent, so good, so amazing, that as the words were emanating from your mouth, your mind was asking you, “Where is this coming from?

THAT’s the Holy Spirit speaking through you!

Spirit SpeakingAnd it can really happen, if you only let go of your ‘self.’

Let the beauty of a compliment come forth.
Let the warmth of a ‘thank you’ rally the good.
Let the Words of our Savior inspire.

And then, sit back and
WATCH!

July 10, 2014
Jesus said, Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”   Mt 10:7-15

What could possibly be that bad?  Remember, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were so bad that according to the Scripture account, God had destroyed them and their cities in a rain of burning sulfur and ash. (Gn 19:1-29)  That destruction was so horrendous that Abraham, Lot and their families were not even allowed to look back at it as they fled.  And when Lot’s wife snuck a peek, she was immediately turned into a pillar of salt.

It was these people whom Jesus said would be judged less harshly than the townspeople who rejected His disciples.  The gravity of their sin was their blatant refusal to even listen to Jesus’ disciples, their inhospitality and their cruelty.

door knockerHow do we respond, beloved, when we get that feared knock on the door from an evangelist?  Maybe we don’t have the same beliefs as they do.  But they’re people too.  We’re all God’s people!  We just don’t all know Him in the same way.  That doesn’t give us the right to be cruel, to be rude, or to be cold toward them.  Give them a minute (safely).  Entertain their thoughts.  Hold fast to your faith and love them, just as Jesus would have.  And maybe instead of making a horrendous impression of how cold Catholic Christians could be, they will truly see Jesus in us!

July 9, 2014
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.  Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”  Mt 10:1-7

The Lost Sheep.

Ever wonder what causes the sheep to get lost.  Probably the biggest reason is their stubborn independence.  “I want to do it my way.”   “I can do it my way.”  But when all of a sudden they realize that “their way” is not working, they turn around to find themselves lost.  No longer do they have the support of the flock.  No longer do they have the protection of the shepherd.  They are all alone and vulnerable.  And then they cry out for help, for mercy.  To them Jesus says, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“Trust in me.” 

Another reason a sheep might get lost is because she can get so self absorbed in what she’s doing that she loses track of the rest of the world.  Maybe she’s eating, maybe she’s admiring a beautiful field or a song that she truly loves.  And in the mesmerization of her thoughts, her flock has moved on to somewhere new, and she was “left behind.”  Ever get left behind, beloved, for seemingly no reason of your own.  Why did they not call me?  Why was I not included?  And instead, now I’m lost.  Help me Lord to find – even one companion, that I may share the beauty of ‘being’ with!  To these, Jesus says, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“Share it with me.”

lost childAnd one additional reason a sheep might get lost is because without Jesus, he just may end up following the whims of anyone else who comes along.  Maybe someone who could drag him off in the wrong direction.  To these Jesus says, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“Follow me closely, beloved, and
it will be yours as well,
here and now.”

July 8, 2014
Jesus said, The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”  Mt 9:32-38

We tend to look at this verse from the point of view of all the people ripe for harvesting.  The poor, the needy, the destitute, the abandoned and the lonely – all needing to find Jesus and His Kingdom.  And the only way they’ll find Him is through us, His laborers.

Julien Dupre - Le Cuisiner

The Harvester

But maybe we just don’t feel like laborers.  Maybe we all feel more like “managers.”  Or worse yet, like “micro-managers.”  We can tell everyone else what to do while we sit comfortably on our dispositions.

Well Jesus didn’t say that he needed micro-managers.  I think the world has quite enough of them!  What He needs is laborers to let others know that they have a place in His Kingdom.  That Jesus loves us all so very much that all we need to do is turn around and seek Him for all our needs.  Through us laborers, we will feed the poor, we will bring companionship to the abandoned, the destitute and the lonely.  And we will stand up for the rights of all people who choose to live right in the eyes of God.

All we need do is listen for His voice,
Whispering our names to the Wind . . .
“Come!”

July 7, 2014
Jesus said to the hemorrhaging woman, Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you. Mt 9:18-26

We have two examples of extreme faith today.  This woman believed so intently that just a touch of Jesus could heal her, that she was willing to go out beyond the law.  She was willing to risk ridicule and banishment for her one chance to be cured of her incurable illness.  You see, she already had the courage, but the salvation was granted her as well, because of her great faith in Jesus.

Jesus gives us the courage to risk, and the salvation of faith: Faith strong enough to take precarious action that will lead to certain reality.

JesusRaisingGirlThe second example of extreme faith today, resulted, not only in salvation, but “remote” salvation.  As the story went, the dead child was not resurrected because of her faith, but that of her father, who begged Jesus My daughter has just died.  But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live. ibid

It brings us to the reality of intercessory prayer.  Have you ever seen the “miraculous” turn around of an incurable cancer, the quick recovery of a person devastated by a disastrous accident, or even the revival of a person considered medically dead?  THAT’s the result of FAITH in intercessory prayer to Jesus.

Jesus brings us courage.  And when we have faith strong enough, not only to believe, but to take action on our belief – we WILL see our certainty turn into reality, when it is for the greater Good of God.

Believe, beloved, and BE!

July 6, 2014
(Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
St. Paul said, If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.  Rom 8:9, 11-13

Are we breathing?  Can we see and feel and touch?  Yes, as we age or suffer accidental tragedies, we may lose some of those faculties.  But we are ALIVE.  And the only reason we are alive is that Spirit of Christ is living within us.  Maybe we don’t realize it.  Maybe we just don’t feel so alive – BUT we ARE, beloved.  Awake, awake, arise my love and know that you are loved.  More than a million whispers tingling in our cells tells us so!  Now, in this life, let’s make the best of it, and awaken the world around us as well.

 

July 5, 2014
Jesus said, No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.”  Mt 9:14-17

patchMaybe this is done all over the country, or all over the world, but every year our Bishop reassigns the priests of our fairly large diocese to different parishes and missions.  That means that every year or two we have different associate pastors and occasionally transitional deacons who stay a year and then leave.  Being a university town, we also get priests from foreign countries who take a journalism class at the University and stay for a semester at our parish.

It all makes us pretty resilient with customs, accents, preaching styles, and the diverse personalities of priests.  Some we truly love, and some we have the blessed hope of knowing that it’ll only be a year or two before change happens again.  You see, we are the proverbial “old cloak.”  We’ve seen the “tears” both as rips and watery sadnesses.  We’ve seen the true beauty of Church, in it’s members and in it’s leaders, and how it’s all centered on Jesus.  He is the Rock upon which our Church stands.  And we are the “shrunken cloth” ready to bind with the old and bend with the new, because He IS in our hearts and in our souls.

And we belong to Him!

July 4, 2014
Jesus said, Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.  Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice.  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”  Mt 9:9-13

In today’s Church calendar we celebrate the 13th Friday of Ordinary Time, while in our secular American calendar we celebrate the 238th anniversary of our independence from British rule (no offense you Brits!).  Funny how we Americans, and probably all humans, so cherish our independence.  We don’t like to be slaves to anyone.  And that IS a just and fair way of thinking.  It simply respects “human dignity”.

And yet, we are perfectly willing to enslave others to our own beliefs.  We are willing to overcharge others for our goods, since everyone else overcharges us.  We are willing to underpay our employees, from the practices of major corporations, to the very people we pay to keep our homes and watch our kids.  We are willing to overlook slavery in our own world, and in our own country, and in our own time, all with the excuse of our own independence.

And it’s not a modern plague either, this injustice of independence.  The prophet Amos, some 2750 years ago, pleaded for the people of his time, to recognize their own poverty of mind.  He said, that it’s not what fills their bellies that makes them rich or poor, but it’s what fills their minds.  And filling theirs, and our own minds means recognizing that it is only God who can truly do that – who can truly satisfy our craving for independence and happiness.  And that can only happen through the reading and following of His Word.

You see, the Pharisees had the same problem.  They didn’t recognize that the poor and the sinners were not burdens on their righteous society, but instead, those people were actually opportunities to share God’s wealth and lighten the Pharisees’ own burdens.

Jesus told the Pharisees that they were ones who were really poor because, instead of their independent, righteousness making them special in the eyes of God, it really did just the opposite.  They became the slave drivers of the poor and needy, while they themselves became enslaved to the whims of a world enslaved by sin.

You see instead of seeking independence, when we recognize our DEPENDENCE on God, and then share our gifts with people who are in greater need than we are, then our whole world becomes that “lighter burden of Jesus’ yoke,” as Jesus himself described it.

Yes, we all have our own needs.  It may be our health, or  our financial situation.  It may be our mental stress or our inability to remember everything.  But Jesus tells us that we all have something to offer to others.  Even if that something is just a smile or a blessing, God’s Word will have its effect.  And that effect is greater than our food, or our clothing, or our jobs, or even our independence.

All we need to do is share it.  And what we’ll find, is that ALL things will come back to us in even greater abundance than we ever gave.

Especially God’s love!

July 3, 2014
(St. Thomas, Apostle)
Jesus said to Thomas, Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. Jn 20:24-29

Blessed in FaithDo we see Jesus in the poor, in the homeless?

Do they see Jesus in us?

Does our faith in the God, whom we do not see but only read about, prompt us to help those who are less well off than we are?

Do we see Jesus in those we disagree with?

Do we see Jesus in every circumstance of our lives?

Blessed are we who have not seen, yet have believed!

July 2, 2014
The Prophet Amos said,Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate;”  Am 5:14-15, 21-24

Tough thing for many people to do in today’s world: resist evil and do good.  Especially when the world preaches competition, jealousy, revenge, and greed.  How then do we survive them with our sharing and humility, our forgiveness and generosity?

If we are the ones asking: What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time? Mt 8:28-34  Then maybe we also should be the ones pleading, If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine. ibid, because that is exactly where the evil should go, and that is exactly what evil looks like – a herd of swine rushing to their own demise.

Wild-BoarPray, beloved, for the strength to resist evil.
Love GOOD and live it,
and the God of all love and salvation will
strengthen you and bring you peace!

July 1, 2014
(Bl. Junipero Serra, Priest)
Jesus’ disciples, in fear of drowning by a violent sea, called out to Jesus saying,  Lord, save us! We are perishing!”  He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?  Mt 8:23-27

Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of evil, beloved?

Nothing at work seems to be going right.  The kids, the traffic, the weather  – just everything seems to be against you!  Maybe all you need is a little more faith.  Jesus IS here with us.  He is here to give us companionship.  He is here to give us courage and to strengthen us with His Love.  You are NOT alone, beloved.  Jesus IS at your side.  Jesus in the Holy Spirit living within you, Jesus in me and everyone else who believes.  We are here with you too.  Have courage.  You are greatly loved, no matter how the “world” may seem to act towards you.  So do not be terrified, faithful one, there is something much much greater living within you . . .
Love!

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Happy July, beloved!
Please stop by and visit June’s Daily Mass Quotes too…
Link below.

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EARLIER MONTH’S QUOTES can be found
in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers

Link to Previous Month’s Whispers

Link to Next Month’s Whispers

Link back to Whispers to the Wind

Link to Saint of the Day
(also in Time page, under Liturgical Seasons section)

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