Monday, July 07, 2008

Obedience:

God is calling us to express thanksgiving for all that we have been given: our dignity as sons and daughters of God, eternal life and forgiveness of sins. We express this thanksgiving by living according to his purpose by obeying his will.

“How deep is our Faith?”:

In today’s Gospel the crowd ridiculed Jesus because they did not believe that He could raise the dead. Our faith in God will not be deep if our attitudes and behaviours are too logical, too practical and too self-centered. Do we dare to trust God enough to perform miracles for us?

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The principal cause of all unhappiness is unregulated desires, wanting more than is needed or wanting what is harmful to the spirit. The modern world is geared to increase our desires and our wants by its advertising, but it can never satisfy them.

- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

~ St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:7

By the sacrament of Baptism, the Holy spirit communicates Himself to the essence of the soul and substantially dwells within it as in His temple. To this indwelling divine presence is attached certain virtues, gifts and privileges which are infused therewith into the soul. It is by the exercise of these dispositions called habits or virtues and the cooperation with the movements of the Holy Spirit in the soul that the soul is sanctified. Sanctification is nothing else than the soul acting habitually by the instinct of the divine ideal, the Holy Spirit.

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

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