“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 2 Corinthians 4:13

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Scripture says, “I spoke because I believed.”

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In the same spirit of faith

we also speak because we believe.

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– 2 Corinthians 4:13 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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First of all, it is essential that I truly believe in Who I proclaim and in what I proclaim

…but really believe it, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind.

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I must be able to truthfully declare, like Saint Paul does in this verse,

that, since I have the same Spirit of faith as the Psalmist who wrote ‘I spoke because I believed’ (Ps 116:10),

I too, therefore, speak because I believe.

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I am emboldened to speak out no matter what the circumstance or the consequence,

only if I have a personal relationship with Christ.

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I determinedly strive to live in communion with Him and with His teachings and commands,

and love Him above all else

because I know and I believe

that He is “the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn 11:25),

“the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (Jn 11:27)

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QUOTE…

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" From [a] loving knowledge of Christ

springs the desire to proclaim Him,

to "evangelise",

and to lead others to the "yes" of faith in Jesus Christ.

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But, at the same time,

the need to know this faith better makes itself felt. […]

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– Catechism of the Catholic Church – CCC 429

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PRAYER…

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Come Holy Spirit, and renew me.

Help me in my responsibilities as a believer

to live my faith,

to boldly declare it,

and to stick to my Christian principles

in all circumstances, no matter what the consequences.

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Help me, Holy Spirit, to always put Christ above all else.

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Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Galatians 5:13

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TODAY’S WORD…

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As for you, my friends, you were called to be free.

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But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you.

Instead, let love make you serve one another.

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– Galatians 5:13 (GNT)

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QUOTE…

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"…either man governs his passions and finds peace,

or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy.

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"Man’s dignity therefore requires him

to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within,

and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint.

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Man gains such dignity when,

ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good

and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end. (Gaudium et Spes)"”

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– Catechism of the Catholic Church – CCC 2339

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PRAYER…

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My Lord and my God, thank You for the freedom You give me,

and for letting me choose.

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I have decided, Lord, and I have chosen You.

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Lord, protect me from corrupting temptations;

strengthen me against my self-indulgent nature;

fortify my resolve to overcome my weaknesses.

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Instil in me love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,

faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

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My desire, O Lord, is to be more like You.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

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TODAY’S WORD…

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God does not see as man sees.

Man looks at appearances

but the Lord looks at the heart.

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– 1 Samuel 16:7 (JB)

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REFLECTION…

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This reflection is not about others

– it is about me – and it is about the not-so-nice and not-so-good me.

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Am I really the person I project myself to be?

Am I what I make others think I am?

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My appearance…my mask…

may convince many to look upon me positively…maybe even to admire me.

But would their attitude be the same

if they knew what I was truly like inside, if they knew all my true character, my hidden thoughts and desires?

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Only God knows me inside out,

and if I humbly invite Him into my heart, He will come willingly and lovingly;

He will accompany me through every corner of my heart,

including those places which I so carefully hide from others, but which I simply cannot hide from my Maker.

…and He will lovingly heal, and clean, and make me whole again.

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PRAYER…

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Come, O Lord, right in to the depths of my being,

and probe, and heal, and clean this heart that yearns for You.

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Come, Lord Jesus, I need You. Come, and make me whole.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 5:13

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“You are the salt of the earth;

but if salt has lost its taste,

how can its saltiness be restored?

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It is no longer good for anything,

but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

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– Matthew 5:13 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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Salt preserves food from corruption,

and Christ is telling us Christians that by the way we live,

through our influence, and by our example,

we can preserve goodness in the world around us,

keeping it from being taken over by moral corruption.

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Salt also brings out the flavour of food and makes it more pleasant.

So it is with good Christians, who take love, joy and peace everywhere they go.

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Significantly, salt disappears into the food that it flavours

…and the Christian should do the same.

The most important becomes the flavour of the food and not the salt itself.

The good Christian

makes sure that he or she too disappears into the background as Christ comes to the fore.

The glory should be Christ’s alone.

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But, we must be aware that if the salt loses its taste and its qualities,

it becomes good for nothing – and it is thrown out as useless.

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Constant prayer and, primarily, participating in the Eucharist

are what can protect us against the elements that are constantly seeking to destroy us.

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PRAYER…

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Holy Spirit, protect me and strengthen my faith,

guide me, fill me and use me to spread Your love, Your peace and Your joy.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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TODAY’S WORD…

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All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

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He comforts us in all our troubles

so that we can comfort others.

When they are troubled,

we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

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– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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We should always be thankful to God for His mercy

and for the consolation He brings.

But it shouldn’t stop at being thankful.

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Loving God

is all about unselfishly loving and being merciful towards others.

If we truly love Him

and are thankful to Him,

then we will readily give from what He gives us

– to others,

especially when they are troubled and in need.

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St Augustine tells us about that "certain compassion for another’s wretchedness that arises in our heart,

whereby we feel impelled to give him or her every possible help"

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PRAYER…

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Father, thank You for Your unfailing love and mercy;

for Your divine consolation and help.

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Father, make my heart grieve at the misfortune of others,

and make me merciful and overflowing with compassion.

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Grant that I turn my faith into action.

Make me generous and giving.

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Father, make me more like Jesus.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 28:18-20

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said to the eleven disciples,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,

baptising them

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

and teaching them

to obey everything that I have commanded you.

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And remember,

I am with you always,

to the end of the age.”

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– Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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In these last three verses of Matthew’s gospel

Jesus, significantly, proclaims the Trinity to His disciples.

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The Master addresses His disciples with a majesty proper to God:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

In other words, omnipotence,

which is an attribute belonging exclusively to God,

belongs to the Him.

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Jesus confirms that the authority He is giving His disciples, derives from His own divine authority,

and He affirms that He and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one.

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The Son and the Holy Spirit are equal with the Father

– a mighty God, an omnipresent and helping Saviour,

with us always, without exception, to the end of the world.

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As Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa explains,

“Jesus has gone to heaven but without leaving earth.

He has only disappeared from our field of vision.

Indeed in the Gospel He himself assures us: I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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PRAYER…

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In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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Almighty Father,

You have revealed Your glory

as the glory also of Your Son

and the glory of the Holy Spirit:

three Persons equal in majesty,

undivided in splendour,

yet one Lord, one God,

ever to be adored in everlasting glory.(*)

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O Holy Trinity, Most Divine,

I pray that my life will be one of communion, sharing and love

– imitating and reflecting You.

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For this I pray with all my heart.

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Tobit 13:6

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Turn to Him with all your heart and soul,

live in loyal obedience to Him.

Then He will turn to you to help you

and will no longer hide Himself.

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Remember what God has done for you,

and give thanks with all your heart.

Praise the righteous Lord;

honour the eternal King.

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– Tobit 13:6 (GNT)

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PRAYER…

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O Lord, how empty and lost I am when I take my focus off You.

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Thank You, O God, for Your unconditional love for me;

for Your readiness to forgive,

and for Your willingness to renew me every time.

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Grant, O Lord, that I will always seek to love You and obey Your commands

with all my heart, my mind, my soul and my strength.

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