Tag: forgiveness

Family Vacation: Homily for Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, July 26, 2017

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Readings for Today

Probably everyone has an image of the family vacation.  Those long trips in the car headed towards a destination of promised fun.  And as long as the focus is on the exciting vacation, things go well.  But if the vacation is slow in coming, then we grumble.  We fight.  “Are we there yet?” As the destination becomes cloudy and distant, we become discouraged.

And when this happens, bad things appear good.  We begin to think that maybe the destination is not so good.  We wonder if it even exists.  This is what happens to the Israelites.  The destination of the promised land is not clear.  It has become cloudy and distant.  Ask God to renew the promise and give life.

Daily Prayer: July 22, 2017

St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled.

My dearest lady, well you know by your own life how a sinful soul can be reconciled with its creator, what counsel a soul in misery needs, what medicine will restore the sick to health.

It is enough for us to understand, dear friend of God, to whom were many sins forgiven, because she loved much.

Most blessed lady, I who am the most evil and sinful of men do not recall your sins as a reproach, but call upon the boundless mercy by which they were blotted out.

Daily Prayer for Sunday, July 2, 2017

O gracious Lord Jesus Christ, though I, who am a sinner, in no ways presume on any merits of my own, and put all my trust in Thy goodness and mercy, yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table on which is spread Thy banquet of all delights.

Daily Prayer for Thursday, June 29, 2017

Act of Charity

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all my love.  I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.  I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all of whom I have injured.  Amen.

Repent: Homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, June 24, 2017

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Readings for Today

Yesterday we focused on the love that God has for us.  But why is it that we do not always feel loved?  Sin.  Today we celebrate the birth of Saint John the Baptist.  He became quite “popular” by what he said in the desert.  People were attracted to his message, and they came out in droves to hear it.  Why?  It was a challenging message.  It demanded that to be whole, complete, and entire in our relationship with God, that we needed to change.  To repent.  To stop sinning.  Why is it then, that this appealed to so many?

Isn’t it because people know, deep within themselves, that they need to change, to repent?  Isn’t there something that we know deep within us about our relationship with God? We do not always admit it.  We do not always act on it.  Sometimes we run from it.  But, deep down we know it.  We are not always at our best, often deliberately so.  To make a heart ready for Jesus, it needs to be tilled like soil.  And Saint John the Baptist shows us how.  Repent and believe n the Good News.

Our Father: Homily for Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Readings for Today

How many times does a person pray the “Our Father” in a day, or in a lifetime? Often, really. But how often does a person really think about the words of the prayer?  There is so much richness in such a simple prayer. First, there is the acknowledgement that the prayer is one of community.  It is the “Our” Father, not the “My” Father.  It reminds us that in all prayer there should be an element of praise and thanksgiving.  There is the dependence upon God for everything.  There is the need to forgive.  There is the need we all have to be forgiven by God, and the connection between the two.

This prayer is a model for all prayer.  The basic outline of this prayer reminds us what it takes to pray.  The simplicity of the prayer invites us to reflection.  We are invited by God to contemplate the meaning of such a simple yet powerful prayer.  Most of all, this prayer brings us into the loving relationship with the Father.  While a short homily cannot exhaust the richness of this prayer, it does call us to think about our relationship with God and the loving embrace to which we are all called.

Sin: Hating what God Hates, Homily for Monday, February 27, 2017

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Readings for Today

Sin. God hates sin.  Do we? We do not often think, at least I don’t, of God hating.  But God does hate.  God does sometimes detest.  And what God hates, what God detests, is always the same.  God hates sin. God detests sin.  Fortunately for us, God does not, however, hate the sinner.  God does not detest the sinner.  And God offers to the sinner a way back.  God hates sin, but loves repentence.  God hates sin, but loves the sinner.

Today’s first reading is a wonderful reminder of this.  To the penitent God provides a way back, he encourages those who are losing hope and has chosen for them the lot of truth.  As we are ready to begin Lent this week, how grateful we should be that God provides to us a way back.  God wants us to return to him.  In fact, this is what we are told to do.  Return to him and give up sin, pray to the LORD and make your offenses few. Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin, hate intensely what he loathes, and know the justice and judgments of God,
Stand firm in the way set before you, in prayer to the Most High God.  This is the perfect time to do so.

This is the perfect time to do so, for today is the day of salvation.  Lent is that time where we seek to be transformed, to change, to become a new creation in Christ.  It is the time when we turn back to God.  But giving up sin, the ultimate goal of Lent and the Christian life, is just the beginning, as we learn in today’s gospel.  Keeping the commandments of God is one thing.  Filling our souls with God and God’s priorities is quite another.

This is what the young man seeking more from Jesus learns.  This man has kept the commandments of God.  This man has really been faithful.  But, that is not enough.  He is not allowing God to fill his life, but rather his many possessions.  As a result, spiritual growth is stunted.  He is not able to give all to Christ.  And neither am I.  I too hang on to too many things that take me away from God.  If you wish to be perfect, surrender to God and seek the way of holiness.  Lent is the perfect time to start.

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