THANKSGIVING BY WASHINGTON

THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION BY GEORGE WASHINGTON

Where it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor; and-whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people, of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations(especially such as have shown kindness to us,) and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

by George Washington, Oct. 3, 1789

PRAYER FOR THANKGIVING

Tobit 12:6: THANK GOD! Give him the praise and the glory.  Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling His name in song.  Before all men, honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising him.

HYMN:

NOW thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;

Who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

 

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND ON LIFE?

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE RATED ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT ON: WHERE DO THEY STAND ON LIFE?

They were rated on 3 issues:

1. Roe v. Wade/Abortion: abortion on demand has been the law since 1973, resulting in more than 57 million abortions.

2. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: S 1553 the Act would prohibit abortions after the unborn child is capable of feeling pain from abortion,(with narrow exceptions)

3. Government Funding for Abortion Providers: S1881 would end all federal funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The money would be given instead to women’s health service providers.

ALL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE AGAINST ABORTION, including Trump. All Rep. Candidates would vote for S1553, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when a baby feels paid,as an important step toward protecting unborn children. including Trump. All Republicans would end Govt. funding for Planned Parenthood, except Trump who has gone both ways.

ALL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES SUPPORT THE CURRENT POLICY OF ABORTION ON DEMAND. Bernie Sanders has maintained a solid pro-abortion voting record, voting against the pro-life position more than 100 times in his federal legislative career. Hillary C. maintains a 0% pro-life record, voting against the pro-life record on every vote. They all voted AGAINST THE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT at every opportunity. This means they do not care if the child can feel pain after 20 weeks, they still support abortion on demand for any reason. All the Democrat Candidates voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

NOW I KNOW DEMOCRATES WILL SAY IT IS ODD THAT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ALL ARE AGAINST ABORTION, ETC.  HOWEVER, NOW THAT SCIENCE SHOWS LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, AND OUR LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY PUT MUDERERS IN JAIL, HOW COULD ANY THINKING PERSON BE WILLING TO VOTE FOR ABORTION? AND THEN VOTE TO ALLOW A UNBORN CHILD THAT FEELS PAIN TO ALSO BE ABORTED?  IT IS UNTHINKABLE.

I FIND THIS A LITTLE ODD.  IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN ORDER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AS A DEMOCRAT THE CANDIDATE HAS TO BE FOR ABORTION AND FOR ALLOWING PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION, EVEN IF THE BABY FEELS PAIN AFTER 20 WEEKS. AND EVEN AFTER SEEING ALL THE NEWS ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, INCLUDING SELLING BABY PARTS, THEY ALL STILL WANT TO FUND THE ORGANIZATION.

Now, I did read the other day that Planned Parenthood, an organization that gets, I believe about 50% of it’s funding from our taxes, has a PAC that gives millions to back Democrats running for office.  HOW CAN THIS BE LEGAL?  Is it our taxes funding the PAC?

 

 

 

THE CHURCH, MATER DRAMATIS

by Anthony Esolen

THE DRAMA OF FREEDOM

If we are only dust, or brutes, if we have no free choice, if the world has no meaning, then life is merely absurd, and drama is impossible.  The Christian message is that we are dust destined for glory or misery; that God is present and at work fully in every millimeter of space and every moment of time; that time is the moving shadow of eternity.

Think of the drama in the Gospels! Peter hauls in the load of fish over the side of his boat, having set out again on the water, and not too happy about it either, at the instance of a stranger, a carpenter.  “Lord,” he says to Jesus, depart from me; I am a wicked man.” And if Peter had insisted, what then?

“Sell all you have, give it to the poor, and come, follow me,” says Jesus to the rich young man, whom he looked upon with love, And the youth walked away, because his possessions possessed him. The camel could not squeeze through the needle’s eye. And if he had stayed, what then?

“Saul, Saul,” cries the Lord to the Pharisee flat on the ground, “why do you persecute me?” And if Saul had justified himself, what then? “Do you have no fear of God or man?” says one of the thieves crucified upon Calvary. “We committed the crimes for which we are punished, but this man was innocent.”  And if his fellow thief had turned to Jesus? “Zacchaeus,” says Jesus to the diminutive tax collector, “I am having supper at your house tonight!” And if the fellow had never climbed the tree?

We are compassed roundabout with so great a play of mysteries!

THE ONLY DRAMA THERE IS

Maybe we can go farther still and say that all drama is a version of THE DRAMA, the one that BEGINS WITH CREATION AND ENDS IN JUDGMENT, WHOSE KING AND CENTER IF THE HEART OF JESUS CHRIST.

…….IN THE END THERE IS ONLY ONE DRAMA-IS, WAS, AND EVER WILL BE.

Anthony Esolen is professor of English at Providence College, a senior editor of Touchstone Magazine, and a regular contributor to Magnificat.

CITIZENS OF HEAVEN LIVING AS CITIZENS ON EARTH by Pat Gohn

If you are baptized, you are a citizen of heaven-your true home. The saints-the citizens of heaven who have arrived there ahead of us-are cheering us on! While the saints remind us of all we could be, more importantly they should remind us of all we are.

No mater where we are on the earthly political spectrum-Democrat, Republican, Independent, or some other political affiliation-we need to stay connected to the primary Gospel truth regarding our CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP.

By virtue of our Christian baptism, we are born into the family of God. It is an indelible reality that cannot be washed off our soul.  It’s like spiritual DNA; we are born with it and it cannot change. …………………………..

What is wrought by baptism is a continual attachment to the Body of Christ and the Church. St. Paul writes:  “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”(Philippians 3:20)…………………………….

Indeed, “the first calling of the Christian is to follow Jesus”(Catholic Catechesism 2253). And the Church, for its part, is not to be confused with the political community, yet it is to “respect and encourages the political freedom and responsibility of the citizen”(CCC,2245)

FIVE DUTIES OF CITIZENS

  1. BE SUBJECT AND COLLABORATE WITH AUTHORITIES. It is a Christian’s duty to voice “just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community” (CCC,2238)
  2. CONTRIBUTE “TO THE GOOD OF SOCIETY IN A SPIRIT OF TRUTH, JUSTICE, SOLIDARITY, AND FREEDOM.”  Love and service of one’s country follows the larger duties of gratitude and charity.  Good citizens ought “to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community” (CCC,2239)
  3. TAKE CO-RESPONSIBILITY WITH AUTHORITIES FOR THE COMMON GOOD. Supporting the common good includes the moral obligation to “pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country” (CCC,2240)
  4. WELCOME IMMIGRANTS. Prosperous nations have an obligation to welcome foreigners seeking security or jobs that cannot be found in their country of origin. “They have a natural right, as guests, to protection.  “Authorities, for the sake of the common good…may make (immigration) subject of various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens”
  5. THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO FOLLOW LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH AN UPRIGHT CONSCIENCE. “Armed resistance to oppression” (CCC,2243) is a last resort only when specific criteria are met.  “The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. REFUSING OBEDIENCE to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in tCCChe distinction between serving God and serving the political community. ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 22:21),(CCC,2242)
WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN WITH A DIGNITY AND A HOLY RESPONSIBILITY BEYOND OUR ALLEGIANCE TO THE COUNTRY LISTED ON OUR PASSPORT. LET US “STAND FOR THE LORD” (Philippians 4:1)
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Jesus did not say following him would be easy, but He did say the reward-Heaven- would be worth it.  BE SURE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE, EVEN IF IT IS HARD. God Bless you all.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ—MY TERRITORY- CONT’D

AND JABEZ CALLED ON THE GOD OF ISRAEL SAYING, “OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME INDEED, AND ENLARGE MY TERRITORY, THAT YOUR HAND WOULD BE WITH ME, AND THAT YOU WOULD KEEP ME FROM EVIL, THAT I MAY NOT CAUSE PAIN.”   SO GOD GRANTED HIM WHAT HE REQUESTED.

It all seems very clear cut except:  My Territory, what does that mean???

This book is written by “Bruce Wilkinson”. the following is from THE PRAYER OF JABEZ DEVOTIONAL.  “Not long ago I heard from a woman named Shannon in Arkansas who had started praying the Jabez prayer.  “I’ve been given the opportunity to witness to more nonbelievers and to simply help more people in distress than at any time since I first became a Christian,” she wrote. Her letter made it clear that she still held the same job, lived in the same family, and pretty much went through the same daily routines.  But somehow her life had changed–so much so that she signed off: ‘I need to start keeping a journal of what is happening. I am sure even I would be surprised.'”

Shannon is reaching for new territory in her life, and God is answering. You might be wondering what “territory” would mean in your case.  Would it mean you have to sign up for more work at church? Start preaching from a street corner? Go to Zanzibar as an evangelist? You may not sense any insight into how to pray or what to expect.

If you are asking this question today, the answer is simple and startling.  Your territory is the whole world.  Jesus said, “Go into all the world and pr3each…” You don’t have to worry then if you’re praying or desiring something God doesn’t want. It is His will to touch the whole world. And you need more territory to do it……………………”

“I encourage you to ask God to show you an entry point for “the whole world” today.  It might be your own beautiful children. It might be a needy person in your neighborhood or at work. It might be someone from another culture–across the street or on the other side of the globe. It might be a whole nation.”

“How you reach your “whole world” is likely to be entirely unique to you.  Soon after Glenda, a San Diego children’s writer, starting asking God to expend her borders, she got a teaching job with the institute of Children’s Literature. “God has blessed me indeed!” she told me. “For me, writing for children is a way of loving them with words.”

“look again at the reports from Shannon and Glenda. I see two key words. For Shannon, it is opportunity. She’s still faithfully living her life in Arkansas, but she’s noticing new opportunities…conversations, contacts, actions that pop up during her day. For Glenda, I see the word LOVE. Her writing and teaching gifts are an expression of a central passion in her life–loving kids.”

“If you’re not sure where your larger territory is today, ask yourself two simple questions: 1.WHAT is my overlooked opportunity? 2.WHAT is my enduring passion?”

“Open your eyes and look at the fields!” Jesus pleaded. “They are ripe for harvest.” Always, God wants to begin with you NOW. He’s not waiting for you to become someone else before He can use you.  He’s not waiting for you to go somewhere else.”

“Your Father knows you intimately, and He has already given you strategic opportunities, passions, interests, and capabilities. These are the starting points for how He will touch the world through you.”

ALONG WITH THE PRAYER START YOUR DAY THIS WAY:  “Open my eyes today, Lord, to see the larger life You’re calling me toward.”  Then be prepared for more than you asked for or expected.”

If you want to read more about the Jabez Prayer or Take the Thirty-One Day challenge, The Books on the Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson are available on Amazon and other book site.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE-CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THIS COUNTRY.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ, cont’d

If Jabez were around today he’d be quick to tell you that his little prayer holds no special powers or magical words. But he would also tell you that if you want to step into God’s greater purpose for your life–no matter how unpromising your circumstances might be right now–and you want to seize God’s extravagant best for you with all your heart and mind and will, then you’re just a prayer away.

Personal change begins for each of us when we cry out to God for what God wants for us with open hands and expectant hearts. We make our bold request and wait before our loving Father. Miracles begin here too. And from my own life I can assure you that they will continue as long as you wait before Him with courage and childlike trust.

As you come before the Lord expectantly each day and pray to Him in both desperation and trust, your own story will change. You’ll see new beginnings and new opportunities. You’ll think new thoughts. The course of your life will shift.

Remember that you are in full pursuit of blessing from a God who can “do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20) To Him be the glory!

MAY THE LORD GUIDE AND STRENGTHEN YOU AS YOU WALK FORWARD WITH HIM–AND BLESS YOU INDEED!

BY Bruch Wilkinson

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ

AND JABEZ CALLED ON THE GOD OF ISRAEL SAYING, “OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME INDEED, AND ENLARGE MY TERRITORY, THAT YOUR HAND WOULD BE WITH ME, AND THAT YOU WOULD KEEP ME FROM EVIL, THAT I MAY NOT CAUSE PAIN.”

So God granted him what he requested.

FIND OUT TOMORROW NIGHT WHAT “MY TERRITORY” ACTUALLY MEANS.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF JABEZ? Check out 1 Chronicles 4 buried among some of the most intimidating chapters in the bible. The first nine chapters of this history book are made up of genealogies. The writer is tracing the official Jewish family tree from Adam through thousands of years to the present, about 500 BC.  In mid-litany, the chronicler stops.  One name deserves special comment. The briefest of biographies unfolds. In just two verses-9 and 10-we learn everything the Bible has to say about this man, Jabez:  “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your had would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what He requested.”

There it is, the story of a man who started with almost nothing, but gloomy prospects, cried out a simple prayer, and ended up a man of honor in the eyes of God.

Why is this minibiography so compelling? For one thing, in Jabez’s story we find a record of his personal transformation. We see beginning, middle, and end. We even learn why and how his radical turnaround happened.

MORE TO COME, TOMORROW NIGHT………………

WHAT DO YOUR CHILDREN SEE WHEN YOU ARE TOGETHER????

DO THEY SEE LOVING PARENTS WHO ARE ACTING AND DOING WHAT JESUS CHIRST WOULD EXPECT OF THEM?  After all, aren’t we taught that children are a blessing given to us by God to raise so that they will learn to: KNOW, LOVE AND SERVE GOD SO THEY CAN BE IN HEAVEN WITH HIM SOME DAY?

A program on Catholic Radio was about this subject today.  I got me to thinking about my parents.  One time when us children were talking to my father we asked him: “Dad, how come we never saw you and Mom fighting?”.  His answer: “I guess we never got mad at the same time.”

This kind of astounded us and we wondered how that could possibly be?  My parents had 7 children, and none of us ever saw them fight, much less act like they were mad at each other.  They went through some very rough times. They got married during the depression. They went through WWII and the wars after that.  During WWII there was very little food, they had food coupons for most of the food. My father worked in the shoe shop, my mother worked in an office so they were OK the first year, then I was born. She stopped working, 2 yrs later my brother was born. My father’s mother lived with us and was about 65 and frail when I was born.

A few years later, my father quit his job, bought a failing shoe repair business from an old man.  He made very little money at first, in fact we did not have a TV or a car until I was in high school.  Everyone else on our street had one, long before us. We wore hand me down clothes.  There were no used clothing stores in those days, friends just passed the clothes down to other children when their children out grew them.  We had very little money.  My father worked a good 60 hours a week at least. But not on Sunday. That was a day to go to church, no mater how tired or bury they were. Then my father did work around the house in the morning and my mother cooked a big dinner and we had family time for the rest of the day.  They had it rough, so why didn’t they fight. Why weren’t they angry?  In fact, when my brother was 16, my father became ill and was in the hospital for several days and out of work for weeks.  My brother went to school, then went to my fathers shop, did what he could to keep money coming in for 6 kids. That was when my mother found out she was pregnant with their 7th child.  And, no, they never considered abortion. And they were worried, but not angry. They prayed together. I used to hear them saying the OUR FATHER together at night.  How did they do it????

I read a book many years ago about how to avoid abusive and angry fights between husband and wives.  How to avoid saying things that hurt.  How to avoid scaring and hurting children in the process.  It explains how my mother and father managed their life and love. And yes, they loved. They kissed good by in the morning and when my father came home at night.  They said encouraging things to each other, especially when money was tight and one of them was discouraged. During miscarriages, injuries, illness, etc. And we know they made love.

This is what they did, I believe. This is what the book said.  “When your spouse starts yelling at you, calling you names, accusing you of things… resist the temptation to yell back, resist the temptation to defend yourself.  Pretend you are a fly on the wall, listening to that person, like you are not involved.”  YES IT IS HARD TO DO.  But it works. “Let the angry person talk until that person is done.  Don’t say a word.  When that person is done, reply, ‘Thank you for telling me how you feel” Or, I’m sorry you feel that way.’  Then if you are:on the phone, hang up and go about your business. Or in person, walk away.”  It will take practice. Later when all is calm, or when you come home and it is quiet, say: ‘We need to talk.”  Start the conversation with::”I am confused or I am sorry or what can I do differently?  Then you need to listen….and then agree to try to work together, etc.  Never put the blame on the other person, and never start the conversation with YOU. Always, start with: ‘I am sorry”.  I know this is hard and not fair.

But what is you ultimate goal? TO RAISE HAPPY CHILDREN, TO TEACH THEM HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN AND TO GET THEIR YOURSELVES.

Remember:  What would Mary(Jesus mother) and Joseph do?  They didn’t know at first they were raising the Son of God.  They thought they were raising a young boy to become a man, and they definitely had it rough. Mary traveled miles on a mule when she was 9 months pregnant. They had to flee to Egypt. He was a carpenter. They had to start over with nothing in Egypt.  And then they had to go back home and start over again.  Did they fight.  I doubt it, they trusted God to do what was best. Perhaps, the offered their suffering up to God as a prayer?

OK, HERE IS ANOTHER THING I HEARD TODAY.  In America, people are always fighting about money.  They never have enough.  All any of us need is, food, clothes, a place to live and money to pay the every month bills.  Everything after that is luxury to a good part of the world.  SO WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WHAT DOES A CHRISTIAN REALY NEED?  ARE WE WORSHIPING GOD OR MONEY? ARE WE FIGHTING ABOUT MONEY WHEN WE SHOULD BE THANKING GOD WE ARE ABLE TO WORK AND MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO FEED, CLOTH AND HOUSE OUR CHILDREN?  Are we thanking God when we have extra to be able to put toward maybe going back to school, or putting something toward a home? How about being about to live where we want instead of a war torn country?

SO THE QUESTION IS:  AS SPOUSES, ARE WE ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER IN OUR DAILY LIVES WHEN WE DO OUR DAILY WORK AND CHORES?.  OR DISCOURAGING EACH OTHER AND PUTTING EACH OTHER DOWN?  WHAT DO OUR CHILDREN SEE?

WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN????  WILL IT GET THEM AND US TO HEAVEN? ARE WE BUILDING EACH OTHER UP OR PUTTING EACH OTHER DOWN  IS IT ALL ABOUT MONEY?  HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY NEED?

REMEMBER: ALL WE NEED TO DO AND TEACH OUR CHILDREN IS TO:  KNOW LOVE AND SERVE GOD SO WE CAN BE IN HEAVEN WITH HIM ONE DAY. IS THAT WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR THE PRECIOUS CHILDREN GOD GAVE US? IF NOT, ARE WE ASKING JESUS CHRIST TO HELP US DO WHAT HE WANTS?

I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN, by Jake Frost

Life is more about getting up than it is about not falling. So my father commented once, long time ago when we were watching figure skating.

It was the return of Scott Hamilton after his battle with cancer. For those too young to remember, Scott Hamilton was an amazing figure skater who leaped to fame by perfecting a backflip on ice. ……

He was a champion-with an Olympic gold medal, four US Championships,etc. But at the height of his fame, he go cancer.  His battle …left him so weak that he couldn’t skate anymore.  …………….

But eventually he beat the cancer, began working toreagain his strength and perhaps return to the ice. Then came a nationally televised professional figure skating competition, and Hamilton got a spon in the program to make his return………………

When it was his turn Hamilton came out smiling and ran through a strong program…..everyone was wondering if he could still do (his famous back flip). He began circling the rink, skating backwards, going faster and faster. The song playing…..repeats over and over again: “I get knocked down, but I get up again! You’re never gonna keep me down!” ….Hamilton launched into the air in a souring backflip!….

That was when my dad commented: “That sound–those lyrics are good psychology. You can count on getting knocked down in life. And you can’t let fear paralyze you. Everyone’s going to take his or her lumps. The important thing is getting up again.  That’s a good life skill to learn.”

And from Scripture I learned this is not just good psychology; it’s good spirituality.  The Bible tells us: “Though the just fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble from only one mishap”(Proverbs 24:16)

St. Francis de Sales said: “Raise up your heart after a fall, sweetly and gently, humbling yourself before God in the knowledge of your misery, and do not be astonished at your weakness, since it is not surprising that weakness should be weak, infirmity infirm, and frailty frail”

In other words: we’re human, we’re weak, and failure happens.  We can count most assuredly on setbacks, things blowing up, our best laid plans going awry. but we can get up again.

As St. Basil the Great said: ‘There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside. For when you turn away and weep, then you will be saved.”

WE HAVE TODAY-although we may not have tomorrow, as St. Augustine reminds us: “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but he has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” BUT WE HAVE NOW. WE CAN CHANGE, START OVER, TRY AGAIN.

A great quote from Oliver Goldsmith captures it: “SUCCESS CONSISTS OF GETTING UP JUST ONE MORE TIME THAN YOU FALL.”

And real success, THE ONLY TRUE SUCCESS AND THE ONLY SUCCESS THAT MATTERS IN THE END, IS MAKING IT TO HEAVEN-becoming a saint. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta told us: “SAINTS ARE ONLY SINNERS WHO KEEP TRYING.”