Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Called to Respond

As Christians, we are called to follow the example of Jesus who held nothing back, who gave it all for us.…We are called to respond to people in need not because they “deserve” our help by some merit of their own, but because it is what God calls us to do, because the person before us is a child of God, the face of Christ before us, even if nothing this person does or has done seems “deserving.”

Demons - Jesus:

In today's Gospel, the demons were terrified of Jesus, the Son of God. As believers we should never be fearful of any evil spirits. They can never harm us if our trust and love for Jesus is deep. To invoke demons for any 'gains/cures' would be greed and a mockery of your faith in Jesus.

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No one who denies personal guilt is happy, but there is not a person who has admitted it and been forgiven and lives in the love of God who is unhappy.

- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

- St. Paul, Philippians 4:8


All ties that are not divine must be severed. I would be free, and stand only in eternal relations with others, and with all things around me. What must go at death, why not now?

- Father Isaac Hecker, founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (1819 - 1888)

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