“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 145:8-9

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TODAY’S WORD…

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The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

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The Lord is good to all,

and His compassion is over all that He has made.

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– Psalm 145:8-9 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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Without God, true happiness is impossible.

The limitless happiness He has willed for us

reaches its fullness in heaven,

and only there will we secure it for ever.

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When we sin gravely,

we are lost to God and also in ourselves,

for sin makes us lose our way to heaven,

it drags us down,

it causes the death of our soul,

and that is the greatest tragedy that can happen to a Christian.

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With regards to venial sin,

John Paul II reminds us that,

although it does not cause the death of the soul,

the person who commits it can cease to go forward

or can stray from the way that leads to the knowledge and love of God.

Thus venial sin must never be considered as something trivial,

or regarded as a sin of little importance.

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The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all,

and His compassion is over all that He has made.

And without God, true happiness is impossible

…although to some, for a time, it may appear otherwise.

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QUOTE…

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“Learn to call what is white, white,

and what is black, black;

call evil what is evil,

and good what is good.

Lean to call a sin, sin.”

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– St. Pope John Paul II

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work

“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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