Daily Mass Quotes – October 2015

10-31-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 31, 2015
Jesus said,everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”   Lk_14:1,_7-11

Ever run into someone, beloved, who goes on and on about all the great things they’ve done.  And sometimes you feel as though, if you just left, they would never even know it, because they were really only talking to themselves.  It seems to be more and more commonplace today, especially with all the one-way texting and emails.  Ever send an email asking for someone’s opinion or an answer to a question and never get a response.  Funny, with all the advances in communication, we seem to be communicating less and less, with tons of people only talking to themselves.  Ha!  Reminds me of this Webpage!  Oh well!

St. Paul said something like – If I boast, it is not boasting about myself, but about the wonderful things the Lord has done (not only for me, but for EVERYONE!).

I humbly concede, beloved,  that I am not to be exalted.  But Praise Be to God for Jesus Christ who lives in me (in all of us!)

10-30-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 30, 2015
The Pharisees were again pestering Jesus about the details of the Jewish Law on sabbath day restrictions.  Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”  But they were unable to answer his question.  Lk 14:1-6

Funny how we can become so legalistic when it comes to our own benefit.  Yet, when was the last time we actually drove the speed limit or less, instead of exceeding it by at least 5 mph?  Want to try something really hard?  Try driving the limit or just under, for a week.  See if you can deal with all the people tailing you, giving you fingers and even honking!  Jesus wasn’t taking about breaking the law for his own benefit.  He was talking about doing it for the benefit of others, who really needed help.  Sometimes common sense is so obvious!  Reach out, beloved, and love someone in need today!

10-29-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 29, 2015
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom_8:31b-39

NOTHING!
That’s how strong His love for us is!
Thank God!

10-28-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 28, 2015
(Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles)
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.  Eph_2:19-22

Today, the Church commemorates the Feast day of two of Jesus’ apostles, St. Simon and St. Judas.  The names of both of these two apostles could be easily confused with the more well-known apostles: Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot.  But they are not the same people.  And there is actually not much concrete information on either apostle.

They were thought to be brothers.  They were thought to be cousins of Jesus.  They were thought to have come from Cana in Galilee. Which, we remember, was the town where Jesus attended a wedding and changed water into wine.  Thus, Simon is sometimes called Simon the Canaanite, although he is more well known as Simon the Zealot, because of his zealous adherence to the Jewish Law.

Simon is traditionally known as the patron saint of tanners, the people who treat animal skins to produce leather.  This may have been Simon’s trade back in the Apostolic days.

Although St. Simon, had a name that could have been confused with an apostle of greater reputation, St. Judas had a name that could only be mistaken for the Apostle, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.  And because of that negative connotation, Judas was rarely prayed to, since people didn’t want God confusing their prayers – as going to Judas Iscariot.

So as time went on, and the Church recognized this lack of attention to Judas, he began to be referred to, instead, as St. Jude.  And being the more hopeful of
the two Judas’, St. Jude became the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes.  The saint of the impossible.  Today, we have even named a famous Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee after St. Jude.

Both St. Simon and St. Jude were thought to have evangelized as far as Egypt.  Both were believed to have been martyred for their faith in Jesus.  And both are buried in the same tomb at St. Peter’s Rome.

What an awesome testimony to these two, lesser known Apostles, who gave their lives to making Jesus known to the world.

Sts. Simon and Jude

Today we pray to Sts. Simon and Jude with prayers like to these:

Prayer to St. Simon
O Glorious St. Simon, you were a cousin of Jesus and a devoted follower as well.
You were called “the Zealot,” indicating that you were willing to give your life for your religion, and your freedom as a human person.
Obtain for us the grace to be willing to give our lives for Christ and to labor for the freedom and peace that only God can give.
Help us to spend ourselves for God on earth and be received by him in eternal bliss in heaven.

Prayer to St. Jude
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved now and forever.
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us,
Saint Jude worker of Miracles, pray for us,
Saint Jude helper and keeper of the hopeless, pray for us.
We thank you Saint Jude.

10-27-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 27, 2015
For in hope we were saved.  Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.  For who hopes for what one sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. Rom_8:18-25

Imagine how boring life would be if we could see everything that happens in the future.  Hope believes, but does not see. And that’s faith!

10-26-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 26, 2015
St. Paul wrote, Brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom_8:12-17

This, living but dying, we call discipline!  So what are these “deeds of the body?”  Well, another word we’ve heard used is “passion.”  Passions are things like excessive eating, hurting others, laziness, cursing, being preoccupied with looks, substance abuse, watching harmful movies, tv, internet . . .  Jesus wants us to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh.  By the Spirit, we are not preoccupied with things that are passionate to the flesh – instead they are love, charity, compassion, sacrifice, . . .   Be of the Spirit, beloved and not of the flesh.  Then we will truly Live!

10-25-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 25, 2015
(Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Jesus said to him (the blind man) in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”  Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.  Mk_10:46-52

Know what you want or need.  Ask Jesus directly, in faith that He will answer your prayer.  Then go your way.  And your answer will come!  Trust in Jesus!

10-24-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 24, 2015
Jesus told a parable about an unproductive fig tree.  The owner said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.  So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.  If not you can cut it down.’  Lk_13:1-9

Our God of Second Chances – Get productive, beloved, pray for mercy and ask the help of Jesus, our Good Gardener!

10-23-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 23, 2015
Miserable one that I am!
Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Rom 7:18-25a

10-22-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 22, 2015
But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom 6:19-23

10-21-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 21, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”  Lk_12:39-48

So, let no sin creep under your bed sheets to bite you in the dark, lest you get as comfortable, as a leper.  Let no guile enter your eyes or ears, lest you become blind and deaf.  Let no slippery slidey insidious creepers ambush you, lest you fall into their trap.  Be prepared, beloved.  Pray always that the saving Hand of Jesus will be at your side. Be prepared always in Christ’s love!

10-20-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 20, 2015
St. Paul said, For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so, through the obedience of the one the many will be made righteous. Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Rom_5:12,_15b,_17-19,_20b-21

Praise be to God for Jesus Christ!
Praise for His Grace to love us into eternal LIFE!

10-19-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 19, 2015
(Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs)
God said to the rich miser, You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’  Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God. Lk_12:13-21

Seems we save and save and save – for the ‘one day’ when we will finally be able to sit back and enjoy all those savings.  But, by the time that day ever gets there, the money is worth half what it was when it was saved, or the medical expenses so eclipse that savings that it’s gone in a just few days.  What’s the use, beloved!!  Trust in God.  Save up riches for heaven:  prayers, almsgiving, compassion, helping the needy, teaching the ignorant – bringing others to God!  Those are the riches God is looking for and those are the ones that will truly save us!

10-18-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 18, 2015
(29th Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Jesus said, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mk_10:35-45

Maybe the most absurd thing we can hear today.  Maybe throughout all time.  Servant – great?  Slave – first?  God – servant?  God’s life for us?!!!

Yes, beloved.  It IS the truth!  Our ransom has been paid,  by none less than God Himself!  Appreciate it!  Follow His example and lead others as their servants, just as Jesus did!  And blessed may you be!

10-17-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 17, 2015
(St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples:  “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.  But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.  “Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.   Lk_12:8-12

Our Hope and our warning.

Stay, beloved, always in, and with – Jesus.
And the Holy Spirit will always STAY with you!

10-16-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 16, 2015
(St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)
A worker’s wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due.  But when one does not work, yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.  Rom_4:1-8

Jesus said, “do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more.  I shall show you whom to fear.  Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.” Lk_12:1-7

The readings today touch on something very deep about humanity and about God.  And St. Paul comes the closest to illustrating the dichotomy, the contrast, not only between God and us, but even within our own natures, when he spoke of the credit given for work versus faith.

In our world, if I wanted to find a job, I would have to prepare a document  that would give examples of all the wonderful things that I’ve done in my life – my work experience.

According to Jesus’ description of the Pharisees, I would have to use a  lot of leaven, to blow that picture up, in order to catch the attention of prospective employers.  It’s a very tricky business in a society that has more people needing jobs than there are jobs to offer.  And I learn through experience that those potential employers won’t even touch me, if I’ve either added too much leaven, or  if there’s not enough.

You see, there may be a whole world of opportunity out there, but it’s purely based on what we’ve done or not done, and how we present it.

And yet, within ourselves, we can be totally convinced, that we would be the perfect employee, the greatest contributor, and the hardest worker at a particular job, IF we were just given – the chance.  But it’s tough luck, if we can’t even get the interview.

ON THE OTHER HAND . . .

Paul and Jesus are telling us that this is NOT how God works.  As a matter of fact, it’s just the opposite.  God is not interested in the resume.  God is not interested in the past.  And God is not interested in the show!

Instead, God is looking at our hearts.  If we feel, that if there’s some kind of work that we can do, God will say, “Go for it,” just based on our faith.  If we feel, that there was something on that resume that God may not like, God will say, “Forget it.  It’s in the past.  And it’s forgiven”  And if we feel – that we’re just not worthy of God, or that we’re afraid of what the world might do to us if we stand up for what we believe, God will tell us that, “We are the most beloved creatures, that He’s ever created.  And He’ll tell us, “that He’s got our back”

And out of that acceptance, and out of that forgiveness, and out of that support, we WILL do – whatever work it takes to show our Love for Him and for all of our brothers and sisters in this material world!

Now, wouldn’t it be wonderful if that’s how the world operated as well.

Today, Jesus is telling us,
“Go for it!”

10-15-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 15, 2015
(St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?  But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered.  Ps 130

When we recognize our own iniquities, our own sins, only then will we truly appreciate the awesome, merciful, forgiveness of God.  Only then will we recognize the true goodness in others.  Only then will we recognize the true beauty of our God.  Thank you Jesus, for opening our eyes and our hearts to You!

10-14-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 14, 2015
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. . . . But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good,  Rom_2:1-11

There’s an old saying that goes: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  And then we can elaborate on that saying by adding:  Forgive as we would like to be forgiven;  Help as we would like to be helped;  Give as we would like to be given to, in times of our own need;  And, Love as we would like to be loved.

Today, both Jesus and St. Paul are warning their audiences of this same principle, The Golden Rule, with respect to judging others.  They’re saying that if, in being judgmental, people think that they have somehow escaped judgment themselves, maybe, because of their authority, or power, or office, they need to think again, because God will be their final judge.  And the mercy or lack of mercy that they had shown to others will come right back to them in The Final Judgment.

Jesus gave example after example of this principle throughout the Gospels.

It’s just a good reminder to us too, brothers and sisters, to always be aware of those thoughts, or words, or actions of our own that may be judgmental of others.

If we can learn, with the help of God, to harness a little self control in what we say and do and think, what we will discover in the process, is that when we replace that judgmental attitude with thanksgiving, and when we search for the good in others rather than their faults, which God forbid, we all have, then we will all begin to see this life in a whole new way, a whole brighter way.

You see, God loves us all so very much, that He wants only the very best for us.  And that “very best” comes from our own hearts.  When we can apply that Golden Rule to our lives, God Himself will shine His smile of Joy on us.

And that, by far, is the greatest reward we can ever receive!

10-13-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 13, 2015
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
Not a word nor a discourse whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.  Ps 19

Quiet!
LISTEN!


10-12-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 12, 2015
Jesus said to the crowds, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.  Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. . . . .  At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”  Lk_11:29-32

Jesus IS God’s sign to the world.  “Wake up, world!  God is giving us another chance.”  Choose life.  Choose goodness.  Choose love.  Choose Jesus.  Turn around and see the roses.  God wants us to choose Him.  And in that choice we are offered ETERNAL Life.

It’s OUR choice!

10-11-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 11, 2015
(28th Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.  No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.   Heb_4:12-13

Word Sword StrengthEvery lie, every thought, every hurt we render is known.  And every truth, and every care, and every gift of love we offer – as well.  We just need to make sure the second group outweighs the first, beloved.  Hard?  You bet!  But Jesus said, For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.”  Mk_10:17-30

Trust in Him!  Always!

10-10-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 10, 2015
Jesus said, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”  Lk_11:27-28

St. John said, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.  What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  Jn 1:1-5

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters.  Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.  Gn 1:1-3

LIGHT, LIFE, LOVE
Hear, Observe, BE . . .

BLESSED!

10-09-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 9, 2015
In response to an accusation that Jesus represented Satan in exorcising demons, Jesus said, Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.   Lk_11:15-26

A little common sense there, people.  Why would Satan drive his own demons out of people?  Jesus was making the point that they needed to look under their own bed sheets before they started throwing accusations around about other people’s beds.

We comfortable Americans need to heed the same warning, as we become more and more divided: Democrats/Republicans, guns/no guns, abortions/life, Muslims/Christians/Jews/atheists, black/white/Hispanic/Oriental . . .  We really are – quite a mess right now.  But not only here, all over our globe.

Differences really are OK.

We just need to respect each others’ differences a little better.  We need to respect the life of everyone.  We just need a little more of that Jesus – Love.  ‘Cause, if we keep on dividing, there just won’t be much left, after we’re all done killing each other, because we’re not all the same.

LOVE . . .
Take a deep breath, beloved, and Love!

10-08-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 8, 2015
Jesus said,ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  Lk_11:5-13

And in the meantime, be patient!

10-07-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 7, 2015
(Our Lady of the Holy Rosary)
God said to Jonah, “Have you reason to be angry over the plant?”  “I have reason to be angry,” Jonah answered, “angry enough to die.”  Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor and which you did not raise; it came up in one night and in one night it perished.  And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left,   Jon_4:1-11

The story of Jonah is an allegory of God’s incredible mercy and mankind’s sometimes self-centered attitude.  You see, God had a mission for Jonah.  And Jonah knowing the mercy of God had decided to run away from God and hide, instead.  He didn’t want the embarrassment of warning the evil city about their pending doom and then it not happening because God relented (because they repented).

So in His great mercy, first, God saved Jonah from death. (Just as Jesus was saved after 3-days in the bowels of darkness.)  Then, in performing his mission, everything Jonah expected, happened exactly as he surmised:  Nineveh repented and God relented.  But Jonah still didn’t get the point.  And he was angry!

So God gave Jonah another sign.  In the midst of all his woes, Jonah had a respite of relief, which only lasted a day.  And anger again set in.  And just as God had to remind Job of his proper place in the plan of existence, He also had to remind Jonah.  God’s love for ALL mankind has no bounds.  And as long a mankind repents his sins – God will forgive!

In reality, the story is a reminder for us too, beloved.  God is not the sole owner of mercy!  He expects the same from us!  Just because we’re down in the dumps sometimes.  Just because we see unexpected good happen to those whom WE feel should never get that kind of blessing, it doesn’t mean that we should not be – always and equally thankful for all the, maybe little, blessings we receive from God as well.  Do we have food?  Be thankful.  Do we have work?  Be thankful.  Are we healthy enough to do anything?  Be thankful.  And in the process be as merciful to others as we have received mercy from God.  We say it every time we say the Lord’s Prayer!  Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those trespass against us.  We just need to live it as well!

And praise Him for it all!

10-06-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 6, 2015
Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”   Lk_10:38-42

Guess we “doers” always struggle with this verse.  Somebody had to cook, otherwise nobody would eat.  On the other hand, if Martha didn’t do the cooking, would there have been complaints from the other side?  The take-away today should be that sometimes we just have to prioritize.  The cooking will NEVER go away.  But the Lord someday may.  So listening to His Words would clearly have been the better part.  Feeding soul vs feeding stomach.  Soul should always come first!

Something to chew on!

10-05-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 5, 2015
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”  He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”  Lk_10:25-37

Don’t you love how Jesus almost always answers a question with a question.  And usually the question-answer is asked when the original question was presented as a trap.  Jesus knew when a question was asked for unknown knowledge versus looking to see how much He knew.  Funny how we learn so much from others when we respond to their questions with a question.  It’s actually a beautiful practice.  Lets them feel pretty good about themselves instead of attacking.  Might be worth giving a try – next time you’re asked a question, beloved.  The Holy Spirit will guide you!  Just let Him/Her!

10-04-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 4, 2015
(27th Sunday Ordinary Time, B)
The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a suitable partner for him.” . . .  When he (the LORD) brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘”   Gn_2:18-24

Jesus said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”  Mk_10:2-16

The union created in marriage was designed to be imperishable, indissoluble and procreative.  “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” ibid

Thus, when Jesus says that any other union outside of that “marriage” is considered adultery, He’s simply telling the truth about the unbreakable union of Holy Matrimony.  This really is serious stuff in the eyes of God.  For adultery is “grave” matter according to our Catechism.  If you’ve suffered the scourge of divorce, beloved, my heart goes out to you.  If you’re in the midst of a troubled marriage, pray, pray and pray more and seek help, but don’t give up.  If you’ve gotten yourself in the situation that Jesus describes in the Gospel, repent, become chaste and seek reconciliation.  God is more than willing to welcome you home.  Pray!

_____________

Today’s homily –
“The Good, The Bad and The Awesome”

10-03-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 3, 2015
Jesus said,No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”  Lk_10:17-24

So, pray beloved, that Jesus will reveal Himself and the Father to us.  Open our hearts to receive Him.  And open our minds to accept the unexpected!

10-02-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 2, 2015
(Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels)
Jesus called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”  Mt_18:1-5,10

They say that you can see the face of God in the eyes of a little child.

Sometimes that face may be filled with joy.  Sometimes sadness.  And sometimes, even disappointment, fear, or anger with us.  It’s ironic, because those are all the same faces and sentiments that we offer to our children.  The difference is, that we expect them to meet our expectations, our needs and our law, when they’re the ones who have never been tainted by the negative side of our world.  And when they sense that taint in us – they’ll use every emotion they can muster to wake us back up to the reality – that they’re the ones who should be teaching us, because in our wealth of experience with this tainted world, we are the ones who have lost the Joy, and the Love, and the total Reliance on God – that a child still has.

This was the point that Jesus was making to His disciples about children.

As parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents, I think we’ve all come to know, to understand, and to appreciate the fact – that it’s not about how great we are, but it’s about how great God is in the eyes of others.  It was important enough to Jesus, that He said it would be better for us to drown in the sea, then to suffer the torment of Hell – for causing a child to lose their innocence and fall into sin.

Today, as we celebrate the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, God asks us to open our hearts and our minds to listen for, and respond to – His call.  But you know what, sometimes as hard as we try to hear that mystical, magical voice of God – we just don’t.  And that’s exactly when our Guardian Angels will use someone else who will listen for us.

Instead of coming from a burning bush, or a whispering wind, or a holy grotto, God’s call to us – just might come from an even less likely place . . .  It may be a friend. It might be a stranger. It might be a Word we hear in Church, or even, out of the blue, on TV.  But then again, it might just come from the wordless eyes of a little child.

If we listen close enough, our clue will be obvious –
it’s in the LOVE.

Guardian Angels

10-01-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 1, 2015
(Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Sending his disciples out on their first missionary assignment, Jesus said to the seventy-two that when they entered a house they were to say to its owners,  ‘Peace to this household.’  And in response He said, “If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.”  Lk_10:1-12

If you ever offered peace to another person, in the form of a smile, or a nod, or a wave, and it was ignored or just scowled at, you would know the feeling of anger, or hatred, or resentment that it leaves on you.  Jesus is telling His disciples and us not to allow those feelings to bring you down.  Instead, let your own sign of peace return to you as Peace.

We never know what that other person was thinking or what state they happened to be in when we sent that gesture of love.  Maybe they were having such a bad day, they just couldn’t imagine anything good coming their way.  Maybe they weren’t even paying attention and just missed your sign.  Or maybe they’re just a naturally grumpy person!  Shouldn’t let it get you down, beloved.  Keep on smiling and if their smile doesn’t return, at least your smile of peace will come back to you!!!  Trust in Jesus!

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Happy October, beloved!
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Link below.

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