“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 18:3-4

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“I assure you that unless you change and become like children,

you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven.

The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven

is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.”

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– Matthew 18:3-4 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Jesus insists with us

to remove any inordinate ambition and pride

and tells us that for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven,

we must decide to be like little children

who are simple and full of trust,

incapable of hating anyone,

and totally innocent of vice,

particularly of pride, the worst vice of all.

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QUOTE…

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"If you ask me what is the essential thing in the religion and discipline of Jesus Christ,

I shall reply: first humility, second humility and third humility."

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– St. Augustine.

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PRAYER…

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Lord, make me more like a child today.

Make me less cynical and more hopeful.

Make me more eager to ask You for impossible things

and more excited to be with You.

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Make me look forward to the next adventure that You have planned for me.

Help me embrace simplicity,

fill me with trust for You,

make me more passionate about Your gaze

and delighted with Your presence.

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Remove my pride

and make me more like a child today

so that I can glory in calling You Abba Father.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Father, make me more like a child.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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The heart is the seat of moral personality:

"Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication…"(Mt 15:19)

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The struggle against carnal covetousness

entails purifying the heart and practicing temperance:

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Remain simple and innocent,

and you will be like little children who do not know the evil that destroys man’s life. (Pastor Hermae)

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[CCC 2517]

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