..God is Love..

His mercy endures forever.

Yesterday was a tough day, on all accounts it was tough but though walking the hard road, I was never alone.

I came across two things, two messages that have helped me to get back up. I’ll share them with you now.

First was this bit from a Homily that was said over the weekend, by a priest in a town not far from my own..

Now it is Lent, the time for us to face up to the evil that is around us and within us.

Lent is the time for reconciliation. Great word, reconciliation. Much better than confession or penance. Reconciliation means setting ourselves right in our relationships with others, God first and then with His presence in His people. Lent is the time for us to recognize our own participation in the cumulative effects of evil in the world. Lent is a time for us to view our own personal tragedies as resulting from the effect of evil on the innocent. Lent is a time for us to ask for forgiveness and courage so that we might bear fruit.

Lent is a time for us to face up to our own failings as we recognize that God can and will heal us and help us.

And then this morning there was this, AGAIN!

Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

Luke 17:32-33

If you click on the above link it will take you to a beautiful blog truly explaining, with the simplicity only God can provide our humanness in this encounter with Christ, our struggle to ‘lose our life’. It’s a beautiful testament to our truest destiny.

Yesterday was so hard, but today as the new dawn broke I felt comforted.

Here though is one necessary thing that I must do for myself. I need to keep going, keep my routine going, keep running, keep praying, keep talking, keep doing..

I must not let the despair I am so frequently tempted with win out. I am no Judas! I often meditated on the ninth station, sometimes I stand before it and stare at Jesus laying under the weight of that heavy cross, sometimes I cry over the violence of it all, sometimes I cry out with deep sadness beneath it. But in the end, I am strengthened my Christ himself, His perseverance, He helps me to bare my cross and to also persevere.

I am reading this book for Lent. It a book of daily meditations and scripture by JP II.

Yesterday was about this,

 “FIGHTING THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE”

Watch and pray that you do not enter in to temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. MT 26:41

It went on with a some other things, but the bottom line was this. PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING, & PENANCE. These are the tools Christ has given to us by example, they are the most effective way to become strengthened. I must keep up the good fight, like Timothy says, ‘fight the good fight’.

I did take a couple of pictures but I am having a very hard time uploading them, so pictures to come.

I decided to make a Way of the Cross today through the woods. We are taking the Youth Group through on Thursday. I set up 14 stations over about 6-8 kms. I think the path will take about an hour one way. I left the final station near a creek, it was in such a serene peaceful place deep in the woods. I am excited to see what these Youth kids think about it.

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