“As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through perseverance.” Luke 8: 4-15
“With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women, who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments.” Luke 8:1-3
To conquer sin we need Our Lord’s help. Pray at the moment of temptation to avoid sin, especially sins of the flesh.
“I wanted you to know how people ought to behave in God’s family, that is, in the Church of the living God, which upholds the truth and keeps it safe.” Timothy 3:14-16
Perhaps the awesome natural events of late will help awaken and move people to more faithful living.
Church of the Holy Family, NYC – September 11, 2017
We are identified with Christ on the Cross. We become co-redeemers sharing in Christ’s Cross.
“When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself says the Lord.” John 12:32
Father of mercy,
give your people help and strength from heaven.
The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son
was the dawn of our salvation
May this celebration of her birthday
bring us closes to lasting peace.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Gift to the Blessed Mother: To be in the state of grace, to be good souls (soil), so that His words (seed of eternal life) can bring numerous fruits. While we have to accept pain along the way—hope exists, offering a piece of heaven for ourselves and those around us.
“Can anything restore me to hope except your mercy? That you are merciful I know, for you have begun to change me. You know how great a change you have worked in me…” St. Augustine, Confessions
“Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!” But he replied, “Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11: 27-28
The Blessed Mother is a constant help for those sincerely seeking to hear the word of God and live it — urging us to pray constantly.
Jesus is the “new man” (cf. Eph 4:24; Col 3:10) who calls redeemed humanity to share in his divine life. The mystery of the Incarnation lays the foundations for an anthropology which, reaching beyond its own limitations and contradictions, moves toward God himself, indeed toward the goal of “divinization.” This occurs through the grafting of the redeemed onto Christ and their admission into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life. The Fathers have laid great stress on this soteriological dimension of the mystery of the Incarnation: it is only because the Son of God truly became man that man, in him and through him, can truly become a child of God. Saint Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 2001
Artwork: Paul Cezanne
Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala of Cameroon, by all accounts an orthodox and faithful man, suffered a violent death May 31, 2017 because, according to those close to him, he was a truth teller — and the minions of Satan in the Church allied with corrupt government officials wanted him dead.
“So we have confirmation of what was said in prophecies; and you will be right to depend on prophecy and take it as a lamp for lighting a way through the dark until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds.” 2 Peter 1: 16-19