“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:1

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“We urge you

and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus

to make more and more progress

in the kind of life that you are meant to live:

the life that God wants…”

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– 1 Thessalonians 4:1 (JB)

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REFLECTION…

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We know the Commandments,

but knowing them is not enough;

they must be put into practice

…and then we must go beyond that,

progressing in the Lord’s direction, step by step.

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True Christians go beyond “just” being good.

Good Christians yearn to love the Lord, their God,

with all their heart, mind, soul and strength,

through their words, thoughts and deeds.

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QUOTE…

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“Two things make for virtue

– avoiding evil and doing good.

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Fleeing from evil is not the be-all of virtue;

it is the beginning of the path that leads to virtue.

One needs, in addition, to have an ardent desire to be good

and to do good”

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– St John Chrysostom

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PRAYER…

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Lord God,

I thank You for Your great love,

for teaching us how we should live,

and for giving up Your life to free us from sin.

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Holy Spirit,

I thank You for Your promptings

and I pray, with all my heart,

that I will shun evil

and love only what is good.

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Help me, Sweet Spirit of God,

to live my life according to Your commands,

…whatever the circumstances.

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For this I pray. Amen.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, I so want to love You

with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ.

This union is called “mystical”

because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments – “the holy mysteries” –

and, in Him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

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God calls us all to this intimate union with him,.

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[CCC 2014]

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