4 August 2013 – “a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Colossians 3:1-2,5,8-11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven,

where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand.

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Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

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So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.

Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy,

for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

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But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behaviour, slander, and dirty language.

Don’t lie to each other,

for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.

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Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.

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…Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.

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– Colossians 3:1-2,5,8-11 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Those who try to seek holiness by imitating Jesus

…will be people full of hope;

they will be optimistic and happy people;

and after their death they will share in the glory of the Lord:

they will hear Jesus’ praise,

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little;

I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your Master.” (Mat 25:21)

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PRAYER…

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Almighty and merciful God,
in Your goodness take away from me all that is harmful,
so that, made ready both in mind and body,
I may freely accomplish Your will.

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For this I pray in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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My God, take away from me all that is harmful.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Freedom and grace.

The grace of Christ is not in the slightest way a rival of our freedom

when this freedom accords with the sense of the true

and the good that God has put in the human heart.

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On the contrary, as Christian experience attests especially in prayer,

the more docile we are to the promptings of grace,

the more we grow in inner freedom and confidence during trials,

such as those we face in the pressures and constraints of the outer world.

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By the working of grace, the Holy Spirit educates us in spiritual freedom

in order to make us free collaborators in His work in the Church and in the world…

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[CCC 1742]

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