Saturday, March 02, 2013

Learn the heart of God

"The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in mercy.
The LORD is good to all,
compassionate toward all your works."  (Psalm 145: 8 - 9)

Father, let the truth about who you are in the above scripture transform me.
"Perfect love drives out fear."  (1 John 4: 18)

"Learn the heart of God from the word of God." (Pope St. Gregory the Great)

Believe what you read.
Teach what you believe.
Practice what you teach.

Grant me the grace to know the heart of Jesus perfectly, to love Him passionately and to follow Him everywhere.

Friday, March 01, 2013

God loves me so much that He....

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."  (John 3: 16)

The "world" here is me.  The Father loves me so much that He made Jesus Christ suffer and die for me.  The afternoon vision I experienced some days ago brought the truth home. Below is the narrative:
I experienced a bizarre dream towards the end of my nap this afternoon.  2 young men were in an enclosure.  Both seemed equal in terms of build.  One of them ordered the other to undress completely.  Then he picked up a spiked belt and started tearing into the flesh of the other man mercilessly.  I woke up shaken.  The question I kept asking myself is:  Why did the other man not resist?  I got the answer on Wednesday morning when I said the Divine Mercy Rosary glancing at the Stations of the Cross at STM BS Chapel.  The man being flogged is a type of Christ.  The Lamb that was led to the slaughter and did not open his mouth. The man doing the flogging is Satan, the original man of wickedness.

I understand better what Christ did for me.  He took the lashes for me.  Lord, I believe in you.  Thank you for what you did for me.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Direct my path according to your promise

"Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the wasteland
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in lava beds in the wilderness,
a land, salty and uninhabited."  (Jeremiah 17: 5 - 6)

I trust in you with all my heart O Lord.  Help me never to lean on sense evidence.  In everything I do I call upon you.  O Lord, direct my path according to your promise.

The man who trusts in human beings and makes the physical world his strength does not enjoy the benefits of times and seasons.  Times and seasons are God's appointment.  Just as we have summer, autumn, winter and spring so does the life of  man cycle through periods of prosperity and poverty.  I see enough of this in my business and life to understand.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Servant Spirit

"But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;"  (Matthew 20: 26)

Lord Jesus, give me a true servant spirit.  Give me also deep humility.  I want to serve your Body, the Church with all my time, talent and treasure.  Let your Holy Spirit lead me, guide me and use me.  Amen!

"Some men are born great.  Some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust unto them."  Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Writing and Publishing Praise

"I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will declare all your wondrous deeds."  (Psalm 9: 2)

What will happen to make me praise the Lord with all my heart and declare his wondrous deeds to the world?  I have learned from experience that the purest joy I have known is the joy of answered prayers.  The bigger the item, the more the joy and the greater the praise.  St. Therese of Lisieux says that God puts the desires in her heart that He intends to fulfill.  God's desire then becomes the same as that of St. Therese.

God has a good plan for our lives.  If we are open to His voice, He gives us desires that align with our destiny.

"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope."  (Jeremiah 29: 11)

Are the desires of my heart aligned with God's plan for my life?

"Find your delight in the LORD
who will give you your heart’s desire."  (Psalm 37: 4)

How do I find my delight in the Lord?

"I will bear a witness to you in the world, O Lord. I will spread the knowledge of your name among my brothers."  (Psalm 17: 50; 21: 23)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stop Judging and you will not be judged

"Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven."  (Luke 6: 37)

No Complain. No Criticize. No Condemn.  Help me God.  Amen!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Listen to Jesus

" Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” (Luke 9:35)

Father, I promise to listen to your Son.  Your Son always listens to my cry for relief. Therefore I will listen to Him when speaks to me.

"Sacrifice and offering you do not want;
you opened my ears.
Holocaust and sin-offering you do not request;
so I said, “See; I come
with an inscribed scroll written upon me.
I delight to do your will, my God;
your law is in my inner being!” (Psalm 40: 7 - 9)