11 August 2013 – “a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 12:37, 40

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“How happy are those servants whose master finds them awake and ready when he returns!

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You, too, must be ready,

because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting Him.”

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– Luke 12:37, 40 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Christ frequently exhorts us to be watchful.

A person who truly loves is always awake,

and the watchfulness of the Christian

expresses itself in a spirit of prayer

and fortitude in faith.

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This vigilance should be continuous and unflagging,

because the enemy – the devil – is forever after us,

always on the prowl “like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Pt 5:8)

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QUOTE…

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“Watch with the heart,

watch with faith,

watch with love,

watch with charity,

watch with good works […];

make ready the lamps,

make sure they do not go out […],

renew them with the inner oil of an upright conscience…”

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– St. Augustine

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PRAYER…

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Heavenly Father,

help me to do the best I can as I live my life.

Make me watchful

that I not waste the precious time that You have given me,

and not reject the divine grace of faith.

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Grant, O Lord, that I will love You with all my heart

and that I will always seek to love and forgive others

like You love and forgive me.

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Keep me away from temptation, O God,

and deliver me from all evil.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, grant that I am always awake

and ready when You return.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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[The] mystery of blessed communion with God and all who are in Christ

is beyond all understanding and description.

Scripture speaks of it in images:

life, light, peace, wedding feast, wine of the kingdom,

the Father’s house, the heavenly Jerusalem, paradise:

“no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived,

what God has prepared for those who love Him.”(1 Cor 2:9)

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[CCC 1027]

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