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Love of Neighbor: The Communion of the Saints,
The Souls in Purgatory.
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By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 10/29/2014, Catholic Online
We can so easily move from being men and women walking in the freedom of the truth which comes through living faith - to becoming men and women who once believed in Him. All it takes is succumbing to this kind of sinful pride. We become spiritually blinded, lose our freedom and soon fail to recognize the Lord in our own lives. Yesterday's relationship with the Lord is not sufficient for today.
Yesterday's prayer cannot keep me in the presence of the Lord today. I need to cultivate an ongoing relationship with the Lord if I hope to see clearly with the eyes of living faith. I need to regularly and continually talk to Him.
For the Christian, this means learning to live in prayer.
Prayer is about an ongoing encounter with the Lord. It is about living in Him - and welcoming Him to live in us. Prayer helps us to see ourselves clearly and to recognize our continual need for repentance.
Prayer draws us into an experience of transforming grace which can -and will - change us
"It is Some-One who comes to us in the sovereign freedom of His love. Grace does not come to order. We can only prepare ourselves to receive it, making ourselves attentive to the possibility of a meeting."- Olivier Clement
We need to pray every day. We need to pray throughout the whole day. That is - if we hope to stay in touch with this Some-One.
Yesterday's Faith is Not Enough
Without this kind of prayer and living faith, our capacity to exercise our freedom rightly, to choose what it good and what is true, will begin to suffer.
We will become influenced once again by what the Apostle Paul called the "law of sin and death" (Romans 7:35) and begin to view the world, ourselves, and the Lord, in a distorted manner.
The lens of living faith can be replaced by the lens of pride. In that experience, our freedom is fractured.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains "In man, true freedom is an "outstanding manifestation of the divine image". (CCC #212)
Our choices not only change the world around us - they change us. What we choose either humanizes us further or leads us, ultimately, into slavery.
Saint Gregory in one of his homilies cited in the Catechism opined, "Now, human life is always subject to change: it needs to be born ever anew. But here birth does not come about by a foreign intervention, as is the case with bodily beings, it is the result of a free choice. Thus we are in a certain way our own parents, creating ourselves as we will, by our decisions."
The Catechism also explains "The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to "the slavery of sin." (CCC #1734)
It cites the Apostle Paul's use of that phrase "slavery of sin" in his letter to the Romans. (Romans 6:17)
That same Apostle reminds us that "it was for freedom that Christ set us free". (Gal. 5:1)
We can so easily move from being men and women walking in the freedom of the truth which comes through living faith - to becoming men and women who once believed in Him.
All it takes is succumbing to this kind of sinful pride.
We become spiritually blinded, lose our freedom and soon fail to recognize the Lord in our own lives. We can even end up "conspiring to destroy Him" - at least figuratively.
Olivier Clement's invitation to "prepare ourselves for the possibility of a meeting" requires that we learn to silence the clamor of the age, stop the ever accelerating pace of the futile quests that so often occupy our hearts, and live in the eternal now by surrendering ourselves - and even our best aspirations- to the One who created us -and now re-creates us- in His Son Jesus Christ.
It is there, in the emptied place, in the stillness of the eternal now, in our heart, the center of our moral personality, where we prepare a room for the King of all hearts. (See, CCC #2517)
And, in this encounter, we find the longing of our heart fulfilled. Grace is freely given, lavished upon those who learn to live in God and live as though God lives in them.
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God wills that all “have eternal life.” While this gift is surely and freely given by God, it nonetheless requires something of us: belief in the Son. Rather than an intellectual consent, this belief is consent of our self, of our will, of our life. Jesus will raise up on the “last day” those who come to him, who choose to be grasped by him, and who welcome the Life he gives. These are the faithful departed who rest in peace and whom we commemorate this day.-Living Liturgy™, All Souls 2014
Just as Jesus died and has risen again, so through Jesus God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep; and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be brought to life.
Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in our Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
Hallelujah! I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Majestic and glorious is his work, his righteousness endure forever.-Psalms 111-1-3,usccb.org
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my
Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which
comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So
they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.”-Matthew 26:26-29,usccb.org
"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."-usccb.org—From On the Most Holy Rosary. . . (Rosarium Virginis Mariae)
Prayers of the Rosary
Scriptural Rosary: Justice and Peace
Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries
How to Pray the Rosary
The Holy Rosary: Why pray the Rosary today? Certainly, to grow in holiness and in one's prayer life. The following are a few others reasons why the rosary should be prayed often, even daily: "Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary" (Pope Pius IX).-ewtn
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"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
—CCC, no. 2558, citing St. Therese of Lisieux, Manuscrits Autobiographiques, C 25rr
Descriptions of prayer are abundant throughout Christian history.
"True prayer," wrote St. Augustine, "is nothing but love." Prayer should arise from the heart. "Prayer," said St. John Vianney, "is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.""Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day," remarked St. Francis de Sales, "except when we are busy—then we need an hour." Definitions of prayer are important, but insufficient. There is a huge difference between knowing about prayer and praying. On this issue, the Rule of St. Benedict is clear, "If a man wants to pray, let him go and pray."
St. John Damascene gave a classic definition of prayer: "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God" (CCC, no. 2559, citing St. John Damascene, De Fide Orth. 3, 24).
The Catechism clearly defines prayer as a "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God" (CCC, no. 2558). Prayer is Christian "insofar as it is communion with Christ" (CCC, no. 2565), and a "covenant relationship between God and man in Christ" (CCC, no. 2564).
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
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