17 June 2013 – 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

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TODAY’S WORD…

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We beg you who have received God’s grace

not to let it be wasted.

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Hear what God says:

“When the time came for me to show you favour,
I heard you;
when the day arrived for me to save you,
I helped you.”

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Listen! This is the hour to receive God’s favour;

today is the day to be saved!

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– 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (GNT)

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QUOTES…

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“We receive the grace of God in vain

when we receive it at the gate of our heart,

without allowing it to enter:

we receive it without receiving it;

we receive it without fruit,

since there is no use in feeling the inspiration

if one does not consent unto it.

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And just as the sick man who has the medicine in his hands,

if he takes only part of it, will only partially benefit from it,

so too, when God sends a great and mighty inspiration to move us to embrace his love,

if we do not avail of it in its entirety,

we shall benefit from it only partially"

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– St Francis de Sales

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“The day of salvation is here before us.

The call of the good shepherd has reached us:

‘I have called you by name’. (Is 43:1)

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Since love repays love, we must

reply: ’Here I am, for You called me’. (1 Sam 3:5)[…]

I will be converted,

I will turn again to the Lord

and love Him as He wants to be loved"

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– St Josemaria Escriva

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PRAYER…

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You called me, Lord,

and by Your grace, here I am!

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You called me, Lord,

and I listened

and all that I heard from You was good,

and all that I experienced from You was love.

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Grant, O Lord, that I stay focused on You,

and strengthen me against worldly distractions

that seek to lure me away from You and from Your love.

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I so want to love You, Lord.

I so want to serve You.

I so want to be with You…always…

for You are everything to me.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, You are everything to me!

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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To be human, "man’s response to God by faith must be free,

and…therefore nobody is to be forced to embrace the faith against his will.

The act of faith is of its very nature a free act."

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"God calls men to serve Him in spirit and in truth.

Consequently they are bound to Him in conscience, but not coerced…

This fact received its fullest manifestation in Christ Jesus."

Indeed, Christ invited people to faith and conversion, but never coerced them. […]

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[CCC 160]

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