“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 18:37; John 12:32

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.

Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

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– John 18:37 (NRSV)

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“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth,

will draw all people to myself.”

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– John 12:32 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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To be human, man’s response to God by faith must be free,

and […] therefore nobody is to be forced to embrace the faith against his [or her] will.

The act of faith is of its very nature a free act.

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God calls men to serve Him in spirit and in truth.

Consequently they are bound to Him in conscience, but not coerced […].

This fact received its fullest manifestation in Christ Jesus.

Indeed, Christ invited people to faith and conversion, but never coerced them.

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“For He bore witness to the truth

but refused to use force to impose it on those who spoke against it.

His kingdom…grows by the love with which Christ, lifted up on the cross, draws men to Himself.”

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– Catechism of the Catholic Church. CCC 160..

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, through Your Cross You set me free,

and Your Truth leads me along the right path.

Thank You, Jesus.

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