“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 John 1:8

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TODAY’S WORD…

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If we say that we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us.

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– 1 John 1:8 (GNT)

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TEACHING…by St. John the Evangelist…

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St. John wants us Christians to live in a way consistent with our faith

and he therefore encourages us to live in an upright way.

He exhorts us all to avoid sin.

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“Now the message

that we have heard from His Son and announce is this:

God is light, and there is no darkness at all in Him.

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If, then, we say that we have fellowship with Him,

yet at the same time live in the darkness,

we are lying both in our words and in our actions.

But if we live in the light — just as He is in the light —

then we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.

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If we say that we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us.

But if we confess our sins to God,

He will keep His promise and do what is right:

He will forgive us our sins

and purify us from all our wrongdoing.

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If we say that we have not sinned,

we make a liar out of God, and His word is not in us.”

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– 1 John 1:5-10

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It is one thing to acknowledge that we are sinners

and to be conscious of our frailty;

it is a very different matter to become completely passive or pessimistic,

as if it were not possible to avoid offending God.

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We must never forget

that Jesus knows and understands our weakness

and draws us lovingly to Himself.

He is always there, ready to forgive the humble and contrite heart.

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“I am writing this to you, my children, so that you will not sin;

but if anyone does sin,

we have someone who pleads with the Father on our behalf

— Jesus Christ, the righteous one.

And Christ Himself is the means by which our sins are forgiven,

and not our sins only, but also the sins of everyone.”

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– 1 John 2:1-2

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QUOTE…

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“If you confess yourself to be a sinner, the truth is in you:

the truth is light.

Your life does not yet shine as brightly as it might,

because there are sins in you;

but now you are beginning to be enlightened,

because you confess your iniquities."

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– St. Augustine

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PRAYER…

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O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins,

and detest them above all things,

because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ

and, most of all, because they offend Your infinite goodness;

and I firmly resolve, by the help of Your grace,

never to offend You again,

and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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O my God, I am sorry. Forgive me Lord.

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