“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 22:14

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“Many are called, but few are chosen.”

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–    Matthew 22:14  (JB)

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REFLECTION… 

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These words in no way conflict with God’s will that all should be saved. In His love for mankind,

Christ patiently seeks the conversion of every single soul,

going as far as to die on the cross.

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In fact, Christ so loved us

that He “gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:2)

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Each of us can therefore faithfully assert

that Christ, the Son of God “loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)

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However, God in His infinite wisdom respects our freedom

…and we are free to reject His grace.

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PRAYER…  

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My Lord Jesus,

Son of God and loving Saviour,

grant me the character not to “go with the flow”,

and to resolutely follow the truth,

even if it means sacrifice and suffering.

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Increase my faith O Lord,

and help me heed Your call

by wisely exercising the freedom that You gave me,

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Help me refrain from enslaving myself to the world,

so that, with the help of Your grace,

I will achieve everlasting joy and peace in Your love.

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Lord, graciously hear my prayer.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…  

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You are the Way and the Truth, O Lord,

and I gladly accept Your loving grace.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013 

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man.

We can lose this priceless gift, as St. Paul indicated to St. Timothy:

“Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience.

By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith.”  (1 Tim 1:18-19)

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To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end

we must nourish it with the word of God;

we must beg the Lord to increase our faith;

it must be “working through charity,”

abounding in hope,

and rooted in the faith of the Church.

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[CCC 162]

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[…] Even though enlightened by Him in whom it believes,

faith is often lived in darkness and can be put to the test.

 

The world we live in often seems very far from the one promised us by faith.

Our experiences of evil and suffering, injustice and death,

seem to contradict the Good News;

they can shake our faith and become a temptation against it.

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[CCC 164]

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