The one who prays never prays alone.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
When Jesus taught us to pray, he did not teach us to pray “My Father” but “Our Father.” Why? The reason is as powerful as it is simple: Because when we pray, we never pray alone. It is almost a certainty that whenever we pray the Lord’s Prayer there is someone in the world praying it with us, even if we happen to be praying it alone. And there is great comfort in this knowledge. Whenever we pray, there are others praying with us, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name …” We are part of a community of Christians around world, praying for us and with us, even as we pray for them and with them.
But there is another important reason why Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father”…
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[AD] There are times when you feel like you are so tired that you can’t do anything. It happens to everyone and during those times, the only thing you want to do is stay in bed. There are so many reasons why you feel tired, it might be due to burn out, overworking or even due to stress and anxiety. If you feel tired as soon as you wake up, that’s your body telling you that you need to take a rest and aren’t doing enough or are doing something completely wrong. In order to find the reason, you need to assess what causes you to feel tired in the first place.
Il y a des moments où vous vous sentez tellement fatigué que vous ne pouvez rien faire. Cela arrive à tout le monde et pendant ces périodes, la seule chose que vous voulez faire est de rester au…
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I’ve been reading my morning devotional, and jotting down whatever jumps out, or resonates. Here’s this week’s favorite.
When things seem all wrong, trust me anyway. I am much less interested in right circumstances than in right responses to whatever comes your way.
I’ve had 5 days that feel like Monday with a client at work. I really want it to feel like midweek, so I’m just gonna settle in here with you for a moment. You know, I can take happy clients all day long, and that’s the fun part of the job, but the ones who are high strung and relentless are the ones who make me better.
The circumstances were all wrong, but I believe God handed me the right responses every time.
I was able to practice listening and could hear what was really fueling his anger. It wasn’t this situation at all.
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31 January 2021
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The First Reading: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: ‘If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.’ Then the Lord replied to me: ‘They are right in what they have said. I…
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Learning new things in art is always fun, and today I came across the term achromatic color scheme. Now, for starters, that’s definitely a contradiction in terms, or what is known in popular parlance as an oxymoron. If something is achromatic it lacks color, so how can you have an achromatic color scheme?
Well, as my husband always says, if you look at things differently, things look different, so let’s look at achromatic from another angle. Basically, achromatic means black and white. Again, lacking in color.
Of course, we can get technical here and turn to the scientific use of achromatic. It refers to a specific type of lens that is designed to minimize chromatic aberration, and if that means anything to you, great. It means very little to me.
For purposes of art, achromatic refers to our basic black and white, with a few grays thrown in if we…
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After my discouragement yesterday, it was hard to come back to the studio today. I knew that awful acrylic pouring would still be there. The disappointing art journal pages would still be on my work table, and as for the scary skull — well, it’s easy enough to simply close the sketchbook so I don’t have to look at it. Not that it’s really so bad as far as drawing goes. It’s just depressing, I guess.
But we have to face up to our art demons. If we don’t we’ll never move beyond them. So, I came into the studio this morning with a better attitude, an attitude of “Some days are better than others,” and a determination to make sure that this was one of those better days.
I began by looking at the acrylic pour and having a good laugh. It didn’t make the pouring look any better…
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Dethrone yourself. You cannot be your own master. You cannot be the one in control. You are not the highest authority of your life. You cannot take the glory. These pretty much give you the picture of how your life becomes when you surrender it to the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ takes the throne of your life. He becomes your Master. He is the One in control. He is the highest authority in your life. And He alone should take the glory. You let go of the old sinful life and let God cleanse you from within. Surrendering to God and letting Him take control may not be that easy but this is the key for God to work in your life. For surrender to take place, you have to step into the position of humility. Be humble before God and man. And His grace will pour out in…
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“You manifest what you believe, not what you want.”
What do you do when you desperately want to achieve your wishes in life? You pray for it, talk about it to anyone and everyone you know or can think about, write it down and work day in and out towards it and hope that the Universe finds you worthy of granting your wishes. What if you’ve tried every trick in the book yet your wishes are far from getting fulfilled? You feel stuck, out of place and confused. That’s exactly how I feel at the moment. I feel so horribly stuck in life that it seems like a never ending quicksand.
I’m tired of feeling stuck in life and want it to change, DESPERATELY. My desire is to be FREE LIKE A BIRDand experience life in all it’s glory. Today morning, as I…
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I am Mashie Niblick. I was not born with the name, but I like it. I can identify with it. I might just keep it. I am on a mission to save my girlfriend. Poached Yeggs may claim that she is not my girlfriend until I have kissed her, but I think saving her life is more important.
Deviled Yeggs dropped me off at a Self-Storage place in Stout County and I returned to Tracy in a ten-year-old American-made family sedan – white, with a dent in the bumper. I would have preferred no identifying marks at all, but a ten-year-old car without a scratch might draw attention. That might sound like I overthink things but thinking of such things might save…
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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1
An ancient Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a
single step.” Even long and difficult undertakings have a starting point; you can’t begin a long journey at the halfway point. You must begin at the beginning.
The Bible speaks of journeys and paths, referring to the journey of life. It also speaks of first steps: “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked” (Proverbs 4:14, NIV). The point here is that the path of wickedness will not mysteriously turn into the path of righteousness. We must start by never setting foot on the path of wickedness. Or if we are already on that path, we must step off it. Stepping off that path…
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I recently listened to an episode of The Hidden Brain podcast about the subject “Deep Work.” Basically, the interview was detailing the benefits of focusing on a single task at a time. Many of us may believe we are already doing this, but if you answer your phone during the time that you’re working or intermittently check your email, you are disrupting the process.
Anne Rice purportedly needs four hours of unbroken time each day. Nathaniel Hawthorne stayed in his bedroom from morning til sunset before writing his first collection of short stories. Other writers, like Henry David Thoreau and MarkTwain, isolated themselves as well.
J.K. Rowling went to the Balmoral Hotel to finish her final Harry Potter novel.
“[…] there came a day where the window cleaner came, the kids were at home, the dogs were barking and I could not work[…] I thought I can go to a…
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Boasting of self leads to downfall and destruction. Boasting is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a statement expressing excessive pride in oneself”. This boasting is self-seeking. It takes great pride in what the self can do and accomplish. It takes all the credit to self. Its confidence is drawn entirely from his own knowledge and ability. This boasting never pleases God. For we are not on our own. We are not self-sufficient that we can do all things and we know all things. We are just creatures beautifully made by the sovereign, loving, and wise God. So it is God who deserves to be honored, glorified, and praised! We owe it to God to return the credit to Him because it belongs to Him alone. God, our Maker, is the source of our knowledge, wisdom, ability, talent, and everything else that we possess. We are stewards of these gifts He…
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In memory of Papa
My first ghazal
I remember his toolboxes, table vice, hand sander Still remember foul humor, impatience, frank candor I remember clever math tricks and right-wing politics And sultry actresses at whom he would gander I remember him sitting, reading, problem solving Frustrated, resigned, when his mind would meander I remember long summers he nannied my daughter Love all-consuming, warmed bottles he'd hand her I remember brilliance; I remember his strength, God Deep in principles anchored; never able to pander I remember no bullshit and deep disappointments Because and regardless no one ever stood grander I remember a young David who worshipped his Papa None could ever replace him, not one ben Alexander
Recently I penned a series of post on the Ten Commandments and as I was writing it, found that the Sabbath day was the only commandment not reapplied to believers in the New Testament.
In writing that series of posts, I was reminded that the Sabbath day was one of the main irritants between the Lord Jesus and the Pharisees.
As my reader is purveying this post, I ask that you consider the relevancy of this situation to our current conditions within the modern church.
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.
Jesus went into the synagogue, obviously in an effort to keep the Sabbath. Really?
Some may see Jesus attendance at a synagogue as proof that He keep the Sabbath, and that what the Jews were really upset about was their rules and not the 4th…
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By Fr. Simplisio Manyika O’Carm
Pontifical Mission Societies
The Feast day of our “Young Missionaries” is fast approaching. This year the Feast will be celebrated on the 7th of February.
Will churches be open by then? Only God knows. If not, how will the Church help our children celebrate their important day on the Church calendar. Unfortunately, we will have to do this within the “Domestic Church”.
Parents and guardians should take this opportunity to catechise children on the important role of the Domestic Church in the life of the Universal Church.
The theme for this year is “We cannot stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
Certainly nothing can stop us and our children from proclaiming the
Good News. COVID 19 and the ensuing lockdowns should not be given as an excuse for not helping our children to come closer to Jesus. Jesus still…
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Today, January 28, is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is, of course, a great Doctor of the Church and perhaps her greatest theologian, certainly one her most influential thinkers. He is rightly commended for integrating natural reason (especially as exemplified in the thought of Aristotle) with the Christian faith, and so contemporary Catholics (and other Christians more generally) look to Saint Thomas as paradigmatically harmonizing science and religion. He was also a philosopher of noted ability and his insights into natural philosophy (physics), metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, ethics and politics are still vigorously debated and defended even among secular academics. Not surprisingly, most of the attention paid to the Angelic Doctor focuses on the light he brings to the issues of our own day. However, the impact he had on his medieval contemporaries and their own rather…
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Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of…
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Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Years ago, we belonged to a parish that had the tradition of handing out small loaves of dark bread at the end of Mass in honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Tucked inside the wrappings were quotes from Saint Thomas Aquinas. I miss that tradition.
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Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.
– St. Thomas Aquinas
January 28, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 24 which expresses our longing to be in God’s Presence.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Of course, we know that we are always in God’s Presence. What the prayer really asks for is to recognize that we are in God’s Presence and to feel that accompanying comfort.
Psalm 24 may have been written by David after he acquired the Temple Mount, intending for it to be sung at the dedication of the Temple by his…
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