You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;
you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,
their feet caught in the snare they laid. Psalm 9
The natural and man-made disasters that have become a daily occurrence ought to be a time of reflection and conversion for those who are still kicking.
“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