by Amy Wellborn
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:11)
Who knows the sources of our images of God? Perhaps they come from parents, our experiences of authority, our understandings and misunderstandings of what we are taught about God, our own mental and emotional landscape of needs and desires — all of them.
Some of those images are closer to the reality of God than others, and it can take a while to figure that out, to release God from the limits of our human expectations.
I desire to be reconciled to God, but I must first discern whether or not the “god” from whom I feel estranged is the one God of love and truth, or something else entirely.
God, I seek to know you in truth.
“Image of God“ was selected from Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish) with Amy Welborn’s permission to publish it on JoyAlive.net. Amy, mother of five, has worked as a Catholic high school teacher, Parish Director of Religious Education, writer for the Florida Catholic, columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service. She has been writing full time since 1999 and has written nineteen books and many pamphlets and study guides. She is a regular contributor to the Living Faith and Living Faith for Kids devotionals.
Jeremiah 33:3 (Godly Woman Daily)
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Are you excited about Lent this year? Making long lists of sacrifices, prayers and goals? Or do you hesitate to take on a new discipline to add to your packed schedule?
When we take on a new goal to improve our life we meet internal resistance. Perhaps the new project is a resolution to eat less and exercise more, complain less and listen more, or worry less and sleep more. Lent drives the new purpose into first place in our mind and on our calendar. Continue reading
Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Ps 51:3-6, 12-13, 17; Romans 5:12-19: Matthew 4:1-11
In St. John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness; no, he (or she) shall possess the Light of life.” So let us surround ourselves in his divine Light in our struggles between the Light of Christ and the darkness opposing Jesus. On the weekends, we pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for all clergy, that they have the divine Light to preach the truth of God’s word. Amen! Do not speak out loud, what is your intention for praying these little six-minute “rosaries,” so the devils don’t know what you are praying for. Then, daily, let us pray one chaplet that God give our new administration God’s wisdom to guide them in Biblical values to properly re-direct our country. Let us also pray another chaplet for the conversion of all the terrorists in the world and for peace and justice for all. Amen! Continue reading
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Welcome to Lent 2017 with Amy Welborn, author of Reconciled to God. She shares this series of inspiring excerpts from her book to help make your Lent a time of closeness with God.
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
We’ve all created something: a cake, a poem, an engaging moment with a friend. All of these emerge from acts of creation and all are beautiful and frightening because we can never be quite sure of where they came from. We are there, they come from who we are, but there is something else, too, something unpredictable and something we can’t control.
Our spiritual life is like that. It’s our unique walk with God, but the truth is—as every great saint discovers—the more we attempt to control, the less “spiritual” the walk becomes because as we’ve inserted our own will, we push God aside.
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Time for God by Jacques Philippe is about mental prayer. Facing God in solitude and silence for a time, to enter into intimate, loving communication with him. I read this as a participant in a group study initiated by my covenant community, with talks each Sunday on the five chapters of this small but dynamic book. It is a resource for beginners trying to establish a daily prayer time, and for many of us who know the value of this habit but have strayed from that well-spent time we offer God in which he transforms our lives.
Mental prayer is not a kind of Christian Yoga. Our life of prayer is not the result of technique but a gift we receive. In fact, St. Jane Frances de Chantal writes, “The best method of prayer is not to have one.” We don’t need a formula any more than we need a script when we get together with our best friend. Having a good time together happens naturally. Continue reading
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Isaiah 49:14-15; Ps 62:2-3, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34
The precious and healing Blood of Jesus Christ over us and our country. The readings this weekend remind us that God’s love for us is far more than that of a caring mother for her child. Psalm 62 speaks of our resting in God’s care for us. In this is our hope and sure foundation.
Matthew’s gospel tells us not to worry about what we are to eat, drink or wear. God will provide as he does for the animals. That does not mean that we sit on a park bench and wait for others to provide everything for us. God gave us talents and abilities when we were conceived. We use those to earn a living, care for those in our charge and help the less fortunate. This is Christian responsibility. Following Jesus will lead us to eternal happiness one day in heavenly glory. Continue reading
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