“We have all withered like leaves and our sins blew us away like the wind.” Isaiah 63:16-19; 64:2-7
“We give thanks to the Father who has made it possible for you to join the saints and with them to inherit the light.” Colossians 1:12-20
For the Lord to reign in our hearts we need to be pure and humble and consciously choose life with Him.
God our Father,
you called Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy
to serve the immigrants of America.
By her example teach us concern for the stranger,
the sick, and the frustrated.
By her prayers help us to see Christ
in all the men and women we meet.
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.
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