NO INSTANT SOLUTIONS, CONT’D

I gave you the Peace Prayer the other day. Today we will start talking about how to pray it and use it for the good our ourselves, our neighbors and our Country.

We are asking for a great spiritual gift in the Peace Prayer. We are asking to live a life of gospel holiness, deep faith, compelling hop and self-giving love. We are asking to serve God and our brother and sisters. We are asking to be disciples.

Do we really want to pray such a prayer? Many of us are like the young Augustine: he was moved to ask God to make him chase and holy–but not just yet! Perhaps it would be more realistic to lower our goals this Lent and ask to be faithful in, say, the Ten Commandments rather then aspiring to become a self-giving instrument of God’s peace.

No, the reach of our prayers must exceed the grasp. There may be times when we don’t feel like praying a prayer that seems to put us on the spot as this one does. Yet we realize that we are called anew each day to live the gospel. We realize also that our responses of faith, ultimately are based on our will rather than on our feelings. We choose this, knowing full well that we may not be ready to choose it with our whole heart and soul. If we pray only when our faint heart conforms to all the aspirations of our prayer, how much praying would we do?

This Lent, let us humbly accept that, in our frailty, our prayer isn’t always as wholehearted as we’d like, and that, even on our best days, our weak wills may seem to be hedging.

So, folks, do we start praying and acting the St. Francis Peace Prayer? Do we start to change this Country, do we ask our teachers and our children to start acting the St. Francis Peace Prayer?  Do we start to being love, honesty, respect and hope back to this Country and our children? Do we do what really needs to be done to stop violence everywhere?

PRAYER;  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy.

Give and show love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy to the people around you today. If you are a teacher, please start with your family then the children at school. God bless you all.

 

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GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PEOPLE

GRANT PEACE IN OUR DAYS…PEACE I LEAVE YOU..THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS..GRANT US PEACE.

IN THE CATHOLIC MASS, AFTER THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER, it is notable how many time we pray for peace.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, peace is not the lack of disturbance or difficulty. Peace, or shalom, is not a lack, but a fullness, a completeness. Do we experience our greatest fullness when we are left undisturbed? Or does fullness come from the awareness and experience of being loved?

The Prophet Micah assures us that Peace is a Person. In prophesying the Messiah, he writes, HE SHALL BE PEACE (Mi 5:4).

After the Resurrection, Jesus says to the Apostles “PEACE BE WITH YOU,” and he breathes on them the Holy Spirit, who makes Christ present among us.

How fascinating that these multiple prayers for peace occur only after Christ comes in the Eucharist.

We can pray for peace and wish each other the sign of peace after the Eucharistic Prayer, BECAUSE PEACE, WHOSE NAME IS JESUS, HAS COME AMONG US. And I can offer the sign of peace to my neighbor, fully aware that he or she is suffering difficulties and challenges in life. If that liturgical moment is lived with awareness, we are sharing with one another the joyful certainty that he can enliven us with the fullness of HIS PRESENCE IN THE MIDST OF ANY AND EVERY DIFFICULTY.

In our lives and in a world full of suffering and challenges, we express with the boldness  of faith that peace has come among us: HE WHO IS PEACE PROMISES TO BE WITH US ALWAYS.    (By: Father Richard Veras, Director of Pastoral Formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York)

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In other words, when I say to you, “PEACE BE WITH YOU” I am blessing you by saying, “JESUS BE WITH YOU”.  It puts a whole new emphasis on the peace I wish my neighbors at Mass or any other time.

So: PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU! GO AND FEEL COMPLETE AND LOVED

WE ACHE FOR MORE

OUR HEARTS ARE restless until they rest in God (St. Augustine).  Nothing else is sufficient.  That’s the reason we all long to we wooed, to be loved, to be wanted.  But nothing can satisfy this desire to be loved except for God, who is love.

Our souls are hardwired for His love.  There’s a hole in our hearts that He alone can fill. And what’s beautiful about that sentiment is that the same can be said for Him.  In fact, the feelings are more than mutual.

JESUS HAS A HOLE IN HIS heart that you alone can fill. You, individually.  No one else can fill it, and He’s not going to rest until He’s got you.

Faith Noah–Life Teen.com

LIFE AND………..

From: THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING BKY Donna Vanlier:

“……………..it’s not about how long you live, but how you live, because before you know it, our time is up and we leave this place. ……………………It’s been twenty years since I stood on that windey hillside with my mother. ‘TIME IN THE VALLEY WILL TEACH YOU TO BE A MAN, NATHAN,’ she had said. IT’S WHERE YOU CHARACTER WILL FORM. I HOPE YOU GO THROUGH THE VALLEY SO THAT YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO LOVE AND FEEL AND UNDERSTAND. AND WHEN LIFE WOUNDS YOU, I HOPE IT IS BECAUSE YOU LOVED PEOPLE, NOT BECAUSE YOU MISTREATED THEM.’ It was a blessing of sorts; a blessing that forges love in the darkest places…………………………But I know that although we man never understand it, there is a plan, and though it may be traced in pain, in the end there will be joy, and it will be beautiful.”