Daily Mass Quotes – November 2016

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2 Then 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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11-30-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 30, 2016
(St. Andrew, Apostle)
St. Paul wrote, Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved . . . .

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?

As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!   Rom_10:9-18

. . . The Good News:
that God loves us, no matter what!

Go, therefore, brothers and sisters,
and make disciples of all the world!

beautiful-feet

11-29-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 29, 2016
On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.  The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.   Ps_72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

The Great and Glorious “day” of the Lord, when the world will be endowed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Maybe Pentecost, maybe our baptism, maybe out of the blue we will be enlightened.  And Jesus said, all will know “me” from the least to the greatest.

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, 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.  Lk 10:21-24

Whenever we get to thinking that we’re too wise for our own britches and nobody but us really understands, then we’ve lost that ‘childlike’ wisdom of God.  And He wants us to let Him be our wisdom.  He WILL reveal Himself, if we just let Him.

Lord, today, help us to step down off our platforms of self-righteousness and recognize that only You are all-wise, only You are all-knowing.  Help us to know only what we need at the moment and to accept and listen to how others feel too, how others think and how we ourselves might grow from Your words given through them.

11-28-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 28, 2016
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”  He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”  The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”  Mt_8:5-11

Only say the Word!  Not, only take this pill (which will cost your arm and your leg and your first-born child).  Not, only subject yourself to cell-deadening radiation or liver destroying chemo.  Not, only lock yourself away from friends and family so that they don’t get it too.  ONLY say the Word!  Lord, we pray for your healing Word to comfort those left alone, those suffering illness, disease or hunger, those who feel they don’t even deserve your presence because of the guilt of their sinfulness.  Only say the Word and we will be healed as a society, as a family of God’s beloved children.  Only say the Word.  We DO believe!  And we WILL be healed!

11-27-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 27, 2016
(First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A)
They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.  Is_2:1-5

Jesus said, So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Mt_24:37-44

Somewhere in this mess we call civilization there is hope for civilization to return.  Or for Christ to return and free us from it.  As we enter into another Advent season, beloved, we prepare ourselves for both.  We can be the conduit for a return to sanity and we can also prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord and Savior.  Either way and both ways, we love.  We love the lost, the forsaken and we love our brothers and sisters in the Lord with all we’ve got to give.  Happy Advent, beloved!  A very blessed New Year!

11-26-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 26, 2016
Jesus said, “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” Lk_21:34-36

John said:  An angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the street.  On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.  Rv_22:1-7

A message of warning – ‘Be Prepared,’ and a message of hope, a message of healing.  Jesus, our healer, will be with us always, as long as we remember to seek Him first in our lives.  And then in our wellness, we are to spread that healing love to everyone we meet, both friend and foe, both stranger and beloved.

Come, Jesus says!

11-25-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 25, 2016
Jesus said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  Lk_21:29-33

So place your trust, beloved, not on the “things” of earth, nor even on the “things” of heaven, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.  Blessed be His Name.

And His Word is . . . Love!

11-24-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 24, 2016
(St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, Martyrs)
(and Thanksgiving Day)
And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward us endure in Israel
to deliver us in our days.  Sir_50:22-24

Thank you all, brothers and sisters in Christ . .  .
for your Love!

BE His light to the world, always!

11-23-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 23, 2016
(St. Clement, Pope and Martyr)
Jesus said, It will lead to your giving testimony.  Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.”  Lk_21:12-19

If today’s Gospel sounds familiar, it should, because we just heard this same reading the Sunday before last.  And maybe that’s a sign to us; because it is just as important for us to hear again today, as it was for the disciples of Jesus, 2000-years ago.

You see, after Jesus suffered His passion and death.  After His resurrection and ascension, His disciples WERE persecuted and imprisoned.  They were sent before governors and kings, and had to testify, as we had seen in the case of Paul.  And most of them suffered violent deaths as well.

But why should that be important to us? . . .

Because many people in our world today are already suffering that same persecution.  And it wouldn’t take very much imagination to see it happen to us as well, right here in our own country.  And as much as we might think we’re free, and comfortable, and secure, there really is a war going on out there.

It’s a war of life versus death.
It’s a war of good versus evil.

And sometimes we just might feel like we’re the only ones who really understand . . .  We’re the only ones who really love Jesus and others that way He wants us to.  Remember, Jesus said, “By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.”

You see, our lives are only secure, when we place them in the hands of Jesus.  He will give us the words we need when we need them.  He will give us the strength we need, even in persecution.  And He will ALWAYS Love us, even when we mess up . . .  As long as we never give up on Him.

And that’s pretty Awesome!

In the meantime, we’ll keep on praying for our brothers and sisters who don’t understand . . . that God loves them – just as much!

11-22-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 22, 2016
(Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus said, See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’  Do not follow them!  When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”  Lk_21:5-11

DO NOT BE TERRIFIED!

But be INSPIRED by those who came before . . .

like St. Cecilia

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A tribute and prayer (Kajsa Vala). . .

11-21-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 21, 2016
(Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”  Lk_21:1-4

Throughout the Gospel stories of Jesus and His interactions with people, you might notice that He never condones or agrees with anything done half way, no mediocre, no lukewarm.  Either do it right, do it to the full, or don’t do it at all.  If they want your shirt, give them your coat as well, Mt 5:40.  If they ask for a mile, give them two, Mt 5:41.  Don’t just give of your surplus, but your whole livelihood, Lk 21:1-4.  God doesn’t want just a part of us.  He wants all of us.  When everything we do, when all of our words reflect His love, then we’ll find HIM in all of those actions and words as well.  And there will be nothing we cannot handle.

That’s the blessings of His Kingdom!

Mary PresentationThe Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

11-20-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 20, 2016
(Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)
The criminal hanging on a cross next to Jesus said to Him, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  Lk_23:35-43

Late have I loved You Lord Jesus, but today on my death-bed I beg Your forgiveness and Your mercy.  And I know that they have been there all along just waiting for my answer to Your call.  Thank you Lord Jesus.  I look forward to seeing You too, in Your Kingdom forever.  Have mercy on us ALL, we pray!

11-19-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 19, 2016
The Pharisees were testing Jesus to prove there is no resurrection of the dead.  Proposing the situation of a woman who had multiple marriages they asked, “. . . at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?”  Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.”  Lk_20:27-40

Some things are just going to be different!

11-18-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 18, 2016
(Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter and Paul)
Jesus was vehement at publicly expressing His faithfulness to God. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words. Lk_19:45-48

That statement always reminds me of an old stock broker commercial on television.  Do you remember the old E.F. Hutton commercials.  There in the middle of hundreds or thousands of people all speaking, someone would mention their broker, E.F. Hutton and the entire ball field or cabin of people in an airplane, or classroom of children would all stop speaking and cup their ear to hear what E.F. Hutton had to say.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if the same response would happen when someone mentioned, “Well my God is Jesus Christ.  And Jesus says . . .” Could you just picture the headling, “When Jesus talks, people listen!”  This is what God intended for us to do – to LISTEN to his Words.  To “hang on” His every Word.

The Psalmist today says,How sweet to my palate are your promises, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Ps 119.

And St. John in His Book of Revelation says, I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it.  In my mouth it was like sweet honey,  Rv_10:8-11

Jesus’ description of God’s love for us, His promise of the Kingdom of God, His command to love one another and the demonstration of His love for us, through His healings, His miracles and His Passion – should be enough for all of us to recognize that His Words are worth a whole lot more than just cupping an ear.  They’re worth giving our entire lives in obedience to His Will, to Love God and our neighbor.  And then to tell the world that the Kingdom of Heaven could be theirs as well.  All it takes is a little listening.

11-17-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 17, 2017
(St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious)
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, Lk_19:41-44

The answer was right there in front of their own eyes and they didn’t see Him.  And because they refused to open those eyes they would die in their blindness. And it pained Jesus!

Jesus is right here for us too, beloved.  All we need to do is open our eyes and not let the world keep us in the dark.  Come to the Light, and God will set you free!

11-16-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 16, 2016
(St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland)
Jesus said, I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.   Lk_19:11-28

Faith, even as small as a mustard seed, beloved, is always better than no faith at all.  To those who have, even more will be given! Never give up on faith!  Jesus will be your reward!

11-15-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 15, 2016
(St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost. Lk_19:1-10

. . . those who lost vision and wanted sight again; those who lost purpose and wanted direction; those who lost faith and needed new hope – they all FOUND their treasure in Jesus.  Jesus is our hope, our light and our salvation.  If you’re lost beloved, seek Him and He will find YOU!  And you will be saved!

11-14-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 14, 2016
A persistent blind man pleaded for the pity of Jesus.  Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”  Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”  He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. Lk_18:35-43

He knew Jesus is Lord.  He knew Jesus had the power to heal.  He believed Jesus could heal him.  He couldn’t see, but he made his voice heard.  And he asked!  Nothing more was needed.  His faith had saved him.  And in response He gave glory to God.

Is our faith that strong beloved?  Believe in Jesus and ASK in faith.  And you too can be saved!

11-13-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 13, 2016
(33rd Sunday Ordinary Time C)
After describing all the calamities and atrocities of the current and end times, Jesus told His disciples, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.  By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”   Lk_21:5-19

We are called to stay vigilant in our Faith, beloved.  Let no one shake that faith, for God is always on our side.  And we will be victorious on “that day” when Jesus comes to collect his faithful children.

daniel-in-the-furnaceShadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Dan 3
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Today’s Homily:  New Beginnings

11-12-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 12, 2016
(St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus said, Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?  Will he be slow to answer them?  I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.  But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  Lk_18:1-8

Keep on praying, beloved.  Keep on praying!

11-11-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 11, 2016
(St. Martin of Tours, Bishop)
St. John said, Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.  Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense.  Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.”  2_Jn_4-9

Evil may not look like a red faced, horned man with a pitchfork.  Good may not look like a sweet smiling muscle-man or beauty queen.  Flowing words may come from the mouth of the evil one and vulgarities from the good.  But by their fruit you will know them.  If behind the smile is the killing knife, the smoking gun, the greed of self-centeredness – it’s clearly not the good, no matter how pretty, how charismatic they may seem.  Yet if behind the brusque, if behind the seemingly rude, there is a love that just cannot be described in words, then that just may be the more prudent, the better, the “good” choice.  Save for Jesus, there’s always the risk, but, by their fruit you will know them!

Jesus said,Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.  By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.  So by their fruits you will know them.  Mt_7:15-20

11-10-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 10, 2016
(St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’  For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.  Lk_17:20-25

Where there is love, there is God.  For God IS love.  And in that love is His Kingdom.  It’s not a place nor a time, but rather it is the peace and the joy of loving, even the lost and the bitter souls, still searching for the answer, when the answer is right there in our love for them.  Keep on loving, beloved.  Live always in His Kingdom.  And don’t let the world or its whims deter you from staying the course.  Jesus will be right there to help!

11-09-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 9, 2016
(Dedication of the Lateran Basilica)
The Prophet Ezekiel wrote: The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, . . . He said to me, “. . . Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.  Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; . . .  Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”   Ez_47:1-2,8-9,12

Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”  The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?”  But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.  Jn_2:13-22

St. Paul wrote: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.  1_Cor_3:9c-11,16-17

Today the Church celebrates ‘the Church.’  But it’s not just the building, in which the Lateran Basilica represents the Mother of all of the Churches in the world as our center.

Our true Church IS our clergy, and our saints, and it’s us; we, who make up that most important part of its structure; all built, as St. Paul says, on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

The Prophet Ezekiel shows us today, the flow of God’s love out of Jerusalem’s Temple.  And he shows us how that love has the power to heal and to nourish our world.  He shows us how that ‘River of Love’ purifies every place into which it flows, and how it supports all Life, in abundance.

And all of that Old Testament imagery of a Temple, and a river, and love, simply prefigured a better Temple, and river, and love, that was brought to us by Jesus.  Jesus became that Temple, the dwelling place of God.  And from Him would flow a ‘River of Love’ that would create, in time, a whole new Temple.

From the water and blood that flowed from the piercing of Jesus on the cross, our Church was born, and baptized, and consecrated.

And in the sanctification of the Apostles on that first Pentecost morning after the Ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit consecrated every one of us, (through our Baptisms), as the New Temple of God, the Body of Christ.

So now, we ARE that River of Love, and Healing, and Nourishment for the world.  And as we flow through life, smoothing out the rough stones on our way; as we flow, sometimes over rough cataracts, sometimes through stagnant ponds, and sometimes enjoying the majestic scenery of a beautiful river valley, we know that we are headed for an even more magnificent Temple: the loving Arms of God Himself in His eternal Kingdom of peace and love, which is the destiny of all His children who follow the Way of Jesus.

Today, as we set aside our worldly fears, we rest in the Spirit of God’s love.  We know that He has our backs, for we ARE His children, the Temple of His Glory, the Body of Christ, the Savior of the world.

prodigal-son-kristi-valiantJesus said, I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.  Jn 16:33

11-08-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 8, 2016
Jesus said, Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him.  Jn_14:23

Love necessitates obedience and respect, which is different from obedience and respect because of the threat of punishment.  In Love, all involved respect and are obedient to one another.  There is no master and slave.  There is no boss and subordinate.  There is the glory of togetherness, which is stronger than any hierarchy ever established.  When we and God are bound in Love, there is the Glory of Life!

11-07-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 7, 2016
Jesus said, If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.   Lk_17:1-6

11-06-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 6, 2016
(32nd Sunday Ordinary Time C)
Brothers and sisters: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.  2_Thes_2:16-3:5

Beloved, God is offering us eternal life!  What will it take to encourage us to trust in Him?  Some people have died in that trust.  Some people have thrived in that trust.  And beyond whatever we can see here and now, they will be with God forever.  That’s worth every ounce of flesh we can offer.  Jesus is God and we are His!

11-05-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 5, 2016
Jesus said, No servant can serve two masters.  He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.”   Lk_16:9-15

What’s at the center of your heart, beloved?  Is it, he or she more important than anything else in your life?  Yes, there are lots of things and people that are important in our lives, but what is there at the very center of them all.  Is it material, flesh, or is it God, is it love?  If God, if love is our center, then all else in life will flow from that center – the physical or material and the spiritual.  And then we can rest in His peace, because that is what God brings into our lives – no matter what else happens.  God will always be our support when we make Him be our center!

11-04-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 4, 2016
(St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop)
Jesus told the parable of a dishonest steward who selfishly took gain from his master’s debtors.  When his scam was revealed and his job was on the line, that steward used his same wit to befriend the debtors in hopes of winning their approval and securing a new job after he was fired from the first.   Jesus concluded the parable saying, … the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.  For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light. Lk_16:1-8

When our end is near, beloved, what measures will we take for the salvation of our souls?  And yet, do we ever know when that end will be for us.  It may very well be this very night.  Are we ready?  Or are there too many souls who will convict us of all our wrongdoing?  Maybe NOW is the time to start acting a little more  prudently.  Maybe now is the time for a little repentance and soul searching.  Maybe now, as children of the light, we need to be turning to that light instead of the darkness.  Jesus will help.  All we need do is ask!

11-03-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 3, 2016
(St. Martin de Porres, Religious)
Jesus said, . . . there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.  Lk_15:1-10

If you ever stuck your finger in a light socket, if you ever lost everything you owned through a fire or a flood, you’ve learned that you never want to do or go through that again.  A light socket and electricity are easy ones to just stay away from.  And a fire, well, we can make sure we have cleaned up anything in our homes that could possibly cause one, while also handling matches and candles with care.  A flood is a little more difficult.  The best we can do to avoid that is to move to higher ground.

The key is never wanting to go through those situations again, because the experience was painful.

But what about sin?  Sin isn’t always, obviously painful.  As a matter of fact most of the time we sin because it either satisfies some internal need (lying, cheating, stealing, even killing as vengeance or self-protection), or it’s just fun and enjoyable (teasing, not listening to advice, boasting, gossiping (which derive from greed or self-centeredness).  Seems, it’s a lot harder to never want to do those things again, just because the Church says it’s a sin.

Well the Church through thousands of years of experience has learned that sins DO cause pain as well.  But the pain may come much later, in our own guilt, or in the hurt that it does to others and even to all of society.  Sometimes, it’s just one of those things we have to have faith in our Church about.  And when we do commit those sins and ask forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it’s important that there is repentance.  Just like the shock or the burn or the near drowning or the loss of possessions, we need to promise From Our Hearts that we will never again want to commit that sin.  The reward for that repentance, as Jesus said, is a thunderous applause in heaven.  Can you just hear it, walking out of that confessional!

And to keep that promise of staying pure, we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit to always protect and guide us in ways that are right and not wrong.  Just as a parent wants to protect their children from physical harm in their youth, God wants to protect us from spiritual harm throughout our lives.  But it’s always our own choice.  Prayer before those choices helps, and God will always see us through, because of His great love for us!

11-02-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 2, 2016
(The Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed, All Souls Day)
The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.  They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction.  But they are in peace. Wis_3:1-9

What a beautiful passage of Hope, beloved!  “In the hands of God” “no torment” “in peace”  Lord, please help us to be those “just” ones, that we may be at peace with You always!

The writer continued, “. . . they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble . . . ” ibid

The GLOW of God’s love!

St. Paul wrote, Brothers and sisters: Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.  Rom_5:5-11

. . . this love is poured onto us through our Baptisms and continues to be poured into us through Jesus Christ who died to bring us life!  Praise be to God!

LOVE!

11-01-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 1, 2016
(Solemnity of All Saints)
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”  I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”  He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”  Rv_7:2-4,9-14

The Saints!

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.  We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.  1_Jn_3:1-3

God’s Children – The Clean of Heart!

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Mt_5:1-12a

Not always easy, beloved, but we keep on working on it – with the help of Jesus!  And there is our HOPE!

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

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