Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 85: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Do not fear anything because The Lord your God watches over you every minute. He will not let any evil come to you, He will protect you and keep you safe for He is merciful and kind.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side. Psalm 3:5-6

Day 45: Meditations for Holy Week

Into your hands I commend my spirit. (Psalm 31:6)

It’s Good Friday, the very day for which Jesus was born into the world. His whole life, everything he ever said or did, had been leading up to this day. Every miracle, every sermon, every word of forgiveness or challenge—none of them makes sense apart from the cross. And today, we are invited to join millions of people all over the world in gazing upon the Lamb who was slain for our sin.

So let’s follow Pilate’s words and “behold the man” (John 19:5). Come and behold the Christ in his humanity. Recall his humble beginnings as a newborn in a manger. Wonder at his hidden years as he grew in stature and grace.

Come and behold the One on whom the Holy Spirit rested as a dove. See him in his humility, trust, and surrender to his Father as he walked with God each and every day. Behold the One who prayed, “Into your hands I commend my spirit” (Psalm 31:6). See how this prayer, which he breathed with his dying breath, was but the full expression of a lifetime of yielding to his Father.

Come and behold the One who said, “I thirst” (John 19:28). Gaze upon the One who experienced hunger, thirst, and pain, both physically and spiritually. He came not to be served but to serve. He washed his friends’ feet. He dined with sinners and touched lepers. He poured out his life day after day for his people. And now here he is, crucified, betrayed, and abandoned. He is nailed to a cross, and he is still pouring out his life.

“Behold, your king!” (John 19:14). Before his pierced and bloodstained feet, we bow our knees, anticipating the day when every person will kneel before him. Look upon this ravaged rabbi, and see here your eternal King, the One through whom all things were created. See your high priest seated in heaven, even now constantly interceding for you, just as he did on the cross.

Behold Jesus. The sky blackens. The earth shakes. The rocks rend. His body lies still for now. His majesty is emptied but for a season. Here is your King.

“Jesus, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 84: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

When you receive Holy Communion you are truly receiving Jesus Himself! Don't take this Sacrament lightly because our God has decided to come to dwell in us when we receive Him in Holy Communion. Be sure to go to this Holy Thursday mass, you won't be disappointed!

And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. Matthew 22:19

Day 44: Meditations for Holy Week

This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24)

Today we celebrate Holy Thursday, the day when Jesus instituted the Eucharist and told us, “Do this in memory of me.” Since that day, Mass has been celebrated hundreds of millions of times in every corner of the world—all in obedience to Jesus’ command.

There is an intimate relationship between what happened on Holy Thursday and what happened on Good Friday—and that relationship applies to us today. On the cross, Jesus gave up his life for our sins and reconciled us with his Father. But his death on the cross doesn’t mean that we go to heaven automatically. We need to cooperate with the grace that he poured out on the cross. And this is where the Eucharist comes in.

The Jesus who died on the cross is the same Jesus who is now present on the altar at Mass. The One who paid for our sins on the cross is the same One who freely pours out the blessings and grace of our redemption on the altar. The One who said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” on the cross now offers himself to us—body and blood, soul and divinity—in the form of bread and wine.

On the cross, Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice that never needs to be repeated. On the altar, that once-for-all sacrifice is made present to us again so that we can marvel at our redemption. On the cross, he took away our sins. On the altar, he offers us continued strength to overcome the pull of sin and enter into his presence more fully. In effect, the work of the cross continues on the altar. That’s how committed Jesus is to bringing us fully into his kingdom!

So when you go to Mass today, be sure to lift up your heart to the Lord. Look intently at the consecrated Host, and see Jesus there before you. See him pouring out his mercy. See him pouring out his love. He is there, at every Mass, always working to draw us closer to himself.

“Jesus, I am in awe of your redemption. Open my eyes, Lord, to see you on the altar today and every day. Lord, I give you my heart.”

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 43: Meditations for Holy Week

I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard. (Isaiah 50:6)

Reading this one verse during Holy Week, we can be struck by how much it reminds us of Jesus’ passion. But imagine what Jesus must have felt when he heard these words. He must have realized at some point that they referred not only to the ancient prophet but to him. Do you think it struck him with terror? Or perhaps because he was the Son of God, it didn’t bother him at all.

The truth probably lies somewhere in between these two extremes. Being human, Jesus naturally experienced great distress about what was waiting for him. But then in his divinity, he could echo the Hebrew Scriptures with complete confidence: “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced” (Isaiah 50:7). So while he certainly felt great apprehension over the ordeal that lay ahead of him, he also found strength knowing that his Father was with him and would never abandon him.

There’s a parallel here to our lives. We can’t see into the future, but we do know that we all have our own share of hardships to deal with. It could be major, like the death of a loved one, or relatively minor, like being stuck in a traffic jam for three hours. The magnitude of the challenge is not as important as how we deal with it. We can either fret about it or try our best to place it in the Father’s hands, as Jesus did.

Know that in surrendering your hardships to God, you can expect to do more than just endure them. You will find new confidence, knowing that Easter Sunday will come for you just as it did for Jesus. You know the end of the story! You will find strength in the knowledge that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28). Jesus didn’t come to add to your burdens. He came to carry them with you. He came to make them light. Remember: he walked the road to Calvary precisely so that he could walk with you today!

“Lord, I believe in you. I trust that you will keep me in perfect peace as I meditate on all that you have done for me.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 82: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

What better way to come closer to Christ and receive His forgiveness than in Confession? In this Sacrament you are forgiven of all of your sins and graces from God flow upon you. Do you have something on your chest? Go to confession and be forgiven because it always is good to receive Gods forgiveness.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2

Day 42: Meditations for Holy Week

The Lord called me from birth. (Isaiah 49:1)

Who is this Jesus who was crucified on Good Friday and rose on Easter Sunday? This question is worth asking every day. Often, however, when we read Scripture, we are tempted to reduce Jesus to what our mind recalls about him. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Servant Songs in the Book of Isaiah, for instance, can give us prophetic glimpses into Jesus and unveil for us more the mystery of the Word made flesh who suffered for us.

So who is Jesus? He is the servant of God sent to fulfill all the hopes of Israel. He is in such solidarity with God’s chosen people that he even bears their name, Israel (Isaiah 49:3). He is the one hidden in the Father’s “quiver” for just the right time (49:2). And when that time came, he manifested himself to Israel and offered them a share in his Father’s glory.

Who is Jesus? He is not only the fulfillment of Israel’s long-promised restoration. He is also a “light to the nations,” destined to bring salvation to all nations (Isaiah 49:6). So great is God’s love for his creation that he became a man in order to bring salvation to every corner of the earth. Through Jesus, every person in the world can now enter into a covenant relationship with God.

Who is Jesus? He is the eternal Son who has united himself to you. The bond of love he has with you is so strong that nothing in heaven or on earth can break it. There is nothing that Jesus cannot do for you. He can remove the sting of painful memories by leading you through steps of healing and forgiveness. If a loved one is suffering through a crisis of faith, he can draw them to his side as you pray, serve, and gently reach out to them with words of encouragement and hope. This is who Jesus is. No one is beyond his saving power.

“Lord Jesus, I surrender to your wisdom and love. By your Spirit, I want to turn away from relying only on human wisdom for help. Lord, I trust in your saving power.”

Monday, March 25, 2013

Holy Week

What are you doing to prepare yourself for Easter? Are you reading more spiritual books or the bible? Are you praying more? Are you going to mass each day? Things like these can really help you prepare yourself for the Holiest day in our Church year. If you can't go to mass read the daily readings and the homily for the day, I find this always keeps me on top of whats going on and it helps me keep Christ the center of my day. Maybe you want to say the rosary twice or say it with you family. Bottom line is, try something new this year that will help grow your relationship with Christ!

Day 81: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Nothing is better than doing the will of God, it will always lead us correctly and it is what God wants for us. He will bless us abundantly if we follow it too, but how much are we willing to give up our wants and self will to conform to His will? Sometime we just don't want to do it because we think that it is best for us. But that is silly, only God knows what is best for us. If God tells you to forgive that person who hurt you but you think that it is not the best choice, don't listen to yourself, listen to God because who knows what He will do to help change the situation for the better!

Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground. Psalm 143: 10


Hello everyone! Great news! I get to be confirmed on the Easter Vigil instead on June 5th! :) I am so excited to be Confirmed and to received the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and to be a fully fledged Catholic! When are you guys getting confirmed? Or have you already been confirmed?

My Confirmation saint is St. Charbel, he was a Maronite Monk, Priest and hermit. I am so excited! :)

Day 41: Meditations for Holy Week

You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. (John 12:8)

Why would Jesus say this? Did he really want his followers to ignore the poor? Of course not! He knew that Judas wasn’t really concerned about the needy—he was hoarding the money for himself. No, Jesus wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss out on the short time they had left with him.

As we begin Holy Week, Jesus is saying something similar to us. In a special way, we “have” Jesus all week long. He knows that we will face lots of competing needs, distractions, and tasks. In a sense, these are the “poor” that we may be tempted to use as an excuse for why we shouldn’t pour ourselves out on the Lord this week, just as Mary anointed Jesus’ feet.

So resolve to spend time with him every day this week. Start your day in prayer. Try to get to Mass. Spend half an hour each day reading one of the passion narratives in the Bible. Seek out opportunities to help the real poor in your community—one of the best ways to meet Jesus face to face. Your duties will still be there when you return to them.

Don’t be afraid to rearrange your priorities for just these few days. You may need to put off an activity until later or give less time to your daily chores. Who knows? You may even discover a more efficient way to get it all done!

That gathering at Bethany may well have been the last time that Mary and Martha and Lazarus saw Jesus before his passion and death. Thanks to Mary’s act of worship and love, the meal took on a new and beautiful meaning. Her devotion to Jesus transformed the event into something that is still recalled two millennia later. God promises that if you pour yourself out on the Lord this week, you too can change the atmosphere in your home. So don’t worry about the distractions right now. They’ll be waiting for you next week. Just spend time with the Lord.

“Jesus, help me to place you first this week. May I not get so busy with other things that I miss out on all that you have for me this Holy Week!”

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday

Hope all of you had a fantastic time at mass and got some palms to weave into some crosses! I had such a wonderful time and made crosses for my friends and family. After mass I found out that I am going to have my feet washed on Holy Thursday! What a amazing surprise. I hope all of you have had a wonderful day so far. god bless you all!

Day 80: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

When you cry to the lord he hears you! He is faithful and righteous and will always come to your aid. Sometimes we pray for certain things, but not always do we get them, our Heavenly Father knows what we need and He will make the choice whether to grant your petition or now. God is rich in mercy, trust in Him and He will lead you on the right path, which is always in line with His Divine Will. 

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief. Psalm 143: 1

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 79: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

All the commands from The Lord are right and just, follow them because they will always lead you along the right path. Remember to pray and praise God because all He does is for your benefit!

May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous. Psalm 119: 172

Day 39: Meditations for Lent

My dwelling shall be with them. (Ezekiel 37:27)

We all know what it’s like to make room in our homes for a new arrival, whether a new baby, a child returning from college, or an ailing parent. We rearrange furniture, do some extra cleaning, and maybe even redecorate—usually with some anxiety about the coming change in our lives.

In today’s first reading, God announces his plan for his glorious presence to return to the Temple and live with his people. Do you think they were all ready for him to come back? From the sounds of it, probably not. Fortunately, however, God promises to help with the rearranging, cleaning, and even rebuilding.

Ezekiel is speaking here of God’s plan to bring Israel back from exile. God will be with them to restore them and redeem them and cleanse them from their sins. He will even make his home with them.

Doesn’t this sound remarkably similar to Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit, who comes to live in every believer (John 14:15-17)? It should! After all, this is the same Holy Spirit who spoke through Ezekiel. The same Holy Spirit who restored Israel is living in and among us. He works, of course, in and through the Church, but he is also at work in your heart. Cleansing? Yes. Restoring? Yes. Redeeming? Yes. Rearranging? Yes!

So ask yourself: What is he working on right now? Is he helping me to rebuild a broken relationship? Or is he just helping me open my heart more to his grace? Is he shining his light on some area of darkness in my heart that needs to be dealt with? Or is he comforting me and encouraging me through a difficult period?

Never forget that you are a temple of the Holy Spirit! No matter how many condemning, discouraging, or frustrating thoughts are swirling around your mind right now, cling to this truth. Take a moment or two to quiet your heart and turn to the Holy Spirit. Ask him to help you hear his voice of encouragement and inspiration. Turn to him as often as you need to today, and watch as he gives you his peace and his wisdom.

“Holy Spirit, I welcome you into my heart. Come and restore me, Lord!”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Palm Sunday Decorating

Today my dad and my friend decorated the church for Palm Sunday. It was so fun to decorate and we had a wonderful time! This is my first year decorating for Palm Sunday and I hope our parishioners like it. Our priest does but I hope everyone else does too. Here are only a few pictures but I hope you all like it, let me know what you think!

Day 38: Meditations for Lent

Even if you do not believe me, believe the works. (John 10:38)

An old adage tells us that actions speak louder than words. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus bears this out when he tells his detractors that his miracles should be more than enough evidence to convince them that he really is who he says he is.

We all know that Jesus performed some wonderful miracles. We also know that these acts of power were meant to reveal who he was. They were designed not only to relieve people of their suffering but also to back up his claims about who he was. Jesus wasn’t just a nice person or a wise teacher. He was the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity who was sent into the world to redeem all humanity.

Now the Church teaches that when we are baptized, we receive a share in the life of God. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us. And just as Jesus was in the Father and the Father was in him, each of us is now incorporated into Christ—and Christ lives in us! This means that because we are united with the Lord, we too can minister God’s peace, healing and restoration to the people in our lives. We too can “do the works” that Jesus did (John 14:12).

The simple act of asking if you can pray with someone who is hurting can be a big step toward showing them that Jesus is alive and wants to work in their lives. Little steps that share God’s love, like reading a favorite Scripture passage together or inviting someone to join you at Sunday Mass, can begin a process of healing and conversion.

People may not believe you if all they hear are your words. They may not believe you if all they know about you is your reputation as a faithful attendee at Mass. But they will believe you if they experience the love of Christ flowing from your words, your actions, and your attitudes. So never stop believing that Christ is in you. Never stop believing that in him, you can move mountains!

“Come, Holy Spirit, and touch me with the fire of your love. Show me what a tremendous gift you have given me—the invitation to show to the world that you are still working your miracles today.”

Day 78: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

When you are in need in whom do you place your trust? Place it in God, the Supreme Creator of the heavens and the earth. He will not let you down, He will protect you and keep you safe from all harm.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 77: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Our faith is truly a gift from God, let us embrace this wonderful gift and be thankful that our God has allowed us to have faith in Him. Accept this gift and you will come to know God because God loves us all and He wants to be close to us.

"It is by grace you have been save, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." -Ephesians 2:8

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 36: Meditations for Lent

I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me. (John 8:37)

The concepts of fatherhood and sonship seem to be the center of the debate here between Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders. Weren’t they all sons of Abraham? Didn’t God choose them out of all the other nations of the world and call them his own?

Well, yes and no.

There are two ways to understand what it means to be someone’s child. You can conceive a child, and genetically that child is yours. However, unless that child lives under your roof and takes on your reasoning, your outlook, and your approach on life, then something essential is missing.

For many of the Jewish leaders, being children of Abraham was a lot like the first kind of sonship. God had adopted them as his own, and that’s all there was to it. As a result, they missed out on the more intimate, and more satisfying, aspect of being children of God. Of course, not all the Jews approached their faith like this. But some were content simply to enjoy their exalted status. As a sad consequence, they never experienced the joy and freedom God longed to give them.

Here’s the good news: we can become children of God in the deepest way possible. We can begin to take on our Father’s habits, likeness, and philosophies. This is why Jesus came in the first place. He didn’t come just to do away with sin. He came to remake us into his own image and likeness. “Becoming a disciple of Jesus means accepting the invitation to belong to God’s family, to live in conformity with his way of life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2233).

Every day is filled with opportunities to take on the family resemblance. It’s not always easy, but neither is it hopelessly difficult. We can refuse to join in on gossip. We can forgive someone who has hurt us. We can lend a helping hand or perform anonymous acts of service. As often as we do these things, we are giving the Lord another opportunity to make us more like him. We really can be changed!

“Father, thank you for making me your child. Help me to be faithful to your law of love so that I can become more like you.”

Day 76: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

God is our Savior, He reveals the truth to us and teaches us about all that we ask. Hope in Him all day long because only your God will be able to protect you and be with you all of your life.

"Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." Psalm 25:5

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 75: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Today we celebrate St. Joseph, who is the patron of the Universal Church. As we see in the scripture below, St. Joseph was a considerate man and did not want to divorce Mary publicly. He didn't know how she got pregnant so he wanted to divorce her. But being considerate as he was he was going to do it privately to not expose her to shame.

But in a dream an angel tells him that Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit. He trusted in what the angel said and took it to heart. He believed what he heard and was a God fearing man, it shows that he was a man very in tune to God. Today as you go to sleep remember to ask St. Joseph to pray for you and for our Holy Father.

Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:19-20

Day 35: Meditations for Lent

It depends on faith … to those who follow the faith of Abraham. (Romans 4:16)

There has been a lot of talk recently about reducing our “carbon footprint” in the hope of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, which may be threatening our environment. The goal is to create as little environmental disturbance as possible during our lifespan so that we can leave a healthy planet to our children and our children’s children.

Have you ever thought about the size of your “faith footprint”? Have you ever thought about the lasting spiritual effects of your time here on earth? Surely we should be working as diligently to make our faith footprint as large as we can in order bring as much of God’s kingdom to earth as possible!

We may find it hard to believe, as we go about our everyday lives, that our faith footprint could be large enough or lasting enough to make much of a difference. But nothing could be further from the truth! Scripture and history themselves tell us that God often uses ordinary people of humble status to do great things.

St. Joseph is a textbook example of this. Sure, he was a descendant of King David and of Abraham, but that was generations ago. What could possibly lead this tradesman from Nazareth to imagine that his life would parallel that of his honored forebears? Just as Abraham was chosen to shoulder God’s first covenant because of his faith, and just as God made an even deeper covenant with David because of his passionate dedication to the Lord, Joseph was selected for the same reasons. God chose him to protect and shepherd the new covenant at its very beginning. These patriarchs’ alert hearts and bold faith left footprints on this earth too great to measure.

So as you honor St. Joseph today, take a few minutes to think about your own faith footprint. Ask God for the open, unpretentious faith of this carpenter. Then follow his example, and do everything you can to expand your impact as you bring more of his kingdom to earth.

“Lord, give me the faith of St. Joseph. Help me hear your words clearly, and give me the courage to respond faithfully to the plan that you have for my life.”

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 34: Meditations for Lent

Only goodness and love will pursue me. (Psalm 23:6)

Do you believe that God’s goodness and love are pursuing you? They are! That one word “pursue” tells us much. It means to run after, to chase, to hunt down, even to hound. Think of it: God’s goodness and love are running after you! They are chasing you, hunting you down.

This is what your heavenly Father is like. It is not enough for his goodness and love simply to waft behind you. He doesn’t want to have to make you jump through all kinds of hoops for just a taste of his goodness. He is not trying to make it hard for you to experience his presence. No, he is pursuing you—every single day. He wants to catch you.

So look for him as you go through your day. Reflect on the events of your day, and try to find those times when God’s goodness and love were chasing after you. You will begin to notice things. You may find a space in a usually crowded parking lot or an uncommon item at the store the first time you look. That’s God’s kindness. Maybe your boss unexpectedly says kind words or praises you at work. Perhaps you find extra patience while dealing with a difficult person. It’s God’s goodness. Maybe you have a clearer sense of God’s presence at one point in your day, or a verse from Scripture pops unbidden into your head at just the right time. God’s kindness is chasing after you.

More than happy coincidences, these things are telling you that God is good and that he is being good to you!

Brothers and sisters, our Father is fantastically generous towards us. We don’t even know all the goodness and kindness and mercy that pursue us each day. But we can see some of it. Even in our struggles or times of disappointment, our God is pursuing us. His steadfast love is unwavering, even when we’re indifferent to it or unaware of it. “Only” goodness and love will follow us doesn’t mean that nothing else pursues us. But it does mean that these two unwavering attributes of God “surely” do. May we slow down long enough for them to catch us!

“Father, I want to be caught by your goodness and love! Help me open my eyes and heart so that I can experience your touch today.”

Day 74: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Believe in Christ and He will save you, but you must do your part here on earth. Follow the Gospel and believe it with all your heart, confess your sins and faults and be humble just as He was humble even to death.

"Christ is able to save completely those who come to God through Him." Hebrews 7:25

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 73: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

God gave us His Son who died for us and freed us from the chains of sin which leads into the darkness. He has allowed us to enter into His kingdom so that we may live forever with Him in perfect union with God.

"God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves." Colossians 1:13

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 72: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

The Lord will strengthen you in the morning and allow you to be strong and courageous during the day. And it times of trouble or sadness, He will help you and bring you out of it in His loving kindness.

"O Lord, be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress." -Isaiah 33:2

Personal retreat

I mentioned earlier in this week that I was starting a retreat on Friday. I started and I am enjoying it very much. I have been praying all the offices of the Liturgy of the Hours, it is very helpful to me and I like it very much because it allows me to stay connected to God and be calm and relaxed.

I use the Divine Office app on my iPad, you can also go to their site which is just Or you can be a real trooper and buy all four of the books of the Liturgy of the Hours which would be very expensive. But if you prefer a book that's the way to go. Try it one day, it is very wonderful!

I have been doing the office of readings which is done around 2 am, it really is actually amazing to do and I encourage you one of these days to do it. It is well worth it. I also have been trying to do the Little office of Our Lady which is quite nice also. Please try this out! Comment if you have.

God bless.


Day 32: Meditations for Lent

The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he? (John 7:41)

There was confusion amongst the crowd as they tried to reconcile the origins of the Messiah with the relative unimportance of a place like Galilee. This is not the only time that people have asked this kind of question. “A saint will not come from the slums of Calcutta, will she?” “A pope will not come from Communist Poland, will he?” “A Doctor of the Church will not be a girl from a remote French cloister, will she?”

Jesus’ critics were focused on the fact that he came from an area of no particular significance. While they speculated about Galilee versus Bethlehem, the home of the great King David, they missed the way that Jesus’ wisdom and authority pointed to his royal lineage. Fooled by his ordinary appearance, they could not discern the King of kings and Lord of lords, the messianic “Son of David,” who himself raised David from obscurity to nobility (1 Samuel 16).

Of course, they also were unaware that the Messiah’s ordinariness was foreshadowed in the Scriptures: “There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him… . We held him in no esteem” (Isaiah 53:2-3). Jesus was overlooked then as he is today, just as the shepherd David was overlooked before the Lord told Samuel, “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). In the same way, many of the apostles would have been overlooked by anyone but God. Even the first pope, St. Peter, was just a fisherman!

God does not overlook anyone, including you! He doesn’t worry about where you came from. Rather, he looks at your heart. He looks at your desires and your dreams. He doesn’t look back but looks ahead. He wants to give you a future full of hope. Whether or not the world thinks you are important, you matter more than the world to him. So don’t keep him waiting any longer. Go to him with your cares and your fears. Go to him with your hopes and dreams. Let him turn your ordinary into his extraordinary!

“Jesus, to the world you may be just a carpenter from Galilee or even a prophet, but to me you are the eternal Son of God, my Redeemer and Lord.”

From the Word among us, Meditations for catholics

Friday, March 15, 2013

Day 71: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Trust completely in God, He will not let you fall into harm. He loves you and wants to to love Him and dwell in Him. Trust In God for He is good.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 37:3

Day 31: Meditations for Lent

The Lord redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. R.


Let us put him to the test. (Wisdom 2:19)

The Book of Wisdom was probably written by a faithful Jew in Alexandria, Egypt, about one hundred years before the coming of Christ. Yet despite its early date, parts of this book, like today’s reading, sound amazingly close to a description of Jesus. It speaks about a man who has knowledge of God and even dares to call himself a “child of the Lord” (Wisdom 2:13). And, like Jesus, this man has some enemies who are trying to trap him in his words and even kill him (2:19-20).

In addition to this passage, the other Mass readings for today remind us that there will always be a certain amount of opposition to Christ and to his people. In the Responsorial Psalm, for instance, we hear that “many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers from them all” (Psalm 34:20). And in today’s Gospel, we read of a failed attempt to arrest Jesus at the feast of Tabernacles because “his hour had not yet come” (John 7:30).

Yes, Jesus was persecuted and put to death, but death did not keep him down. God rescued him and raised him up! Just so, God will not let you endure something that he will not help you overcome. He will strengthen you. He will give you grace. He will raise you up.

Jesus called us to be his ambassadors. He wants us to share the good news with everyone we meet. This is an exciting call, but it also has its challenges. Sometimes our efforts at evangelization will be met with ridicule and resistance—some of which may be quite forceful. But if we remain determined to share the gospel with love and not self-righteousness, with joy and not anger, we will be blessed abundantly. Jesus will tell us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

You don’t need to be a brilliant theologian or a charismatic speaker to evangelize. You don’t need to have the courage of a martyr. You just need to believe that Jesus always releases grace whenever we testify to him. And his grace has the power to sustain us even as it has the power to draw people to his side.

“Lord, comfort us as we proclaim your gospel. Give us your divine strength.”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Letter to the Pope

Hello everyone! I just had a wonderful idea. Let all of us send a letter to our Holy Father and congratulate him and show our support and encouragement for him. I am sure he would love to know that teens are excited about him becoming pope! Thanks be to God for our new Pope!

To send a letter to the pope you need one international stamp which is a dollar and ten cents, or use regular stamps that equal that.

Address to send the letter to:

His Holiness Francis
Apostolic Palace
Vatican City State, 00120

Day 30: Meditations for Lent

Moses implored the Lord. (Exodus 32:11)

“Can God make a rock that is so big that he can’t lift it?” a father asked his daughter, as they left Mass. The little girl puzzled over the question for a minute before answering, “Oh, Daddy! God doesn’t lift rocks. He gets the angels to do that stuff for him.”

Today’s first reading brings up a similarly puzzling question. God is angry, ready to destroy the Israelites because of their idolatry. But Moses steps in and talks him out of his decision. But how can an eternal, unchanging God change his mind? What a mystery! It’s something we may never understand. All we can say with any confidence is that Scripture gives us story after story that illustrates the power of intercessory prayer.

Think of Abraham, who negotiated with God to spare an entire city if only a few upright people could be found there. Think of the various women who could not conceive children but whose prayers made them fertile. Even Jesus told us to be persistent, even to the point of annoying God with our request (Luke 18:1-8). Evidently, our prayers really can move God!

But how do we get to the point of praying with any confidence? One way is to follow Moses’ example and spend time getting to know God. Become familiar with the way he loves you—and all his people. Open yourself to him so that you can experience how wide his mercy is. Reach out to those less fortunate than yourself so that you can see how God’s heart is moved by the needs of his people. As you get to know him, you’ll find yourself pressing him in prayer, persisting until you see something change.

Look at your schedule for today. Do you need to rearrange a few things so that there is room for you to spend time with the Lord? If so, do it! And in the long-term, get into the habit of writing down whatever you sense God is saying to you in prayer every day—even if it is just a Scripture passage. Over time, you will find that you are not only learning about the Lord, you are getting to know him. And like Moses, you too will feel emboldened to lift up your needs because you know he is listening.

“Father, we trust in your love. Lord, hear our prayer!”

Day 70: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Praise God for He loves you and has created you. Be happy always, there is no reason for sadness for The Lord your God has formed you and has charted out your life before you were born. Rejoice and praise God!

Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name. Psalm 97:12

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 69: 101 Days to knowing God for Guys

Some people think they are to far gone to be saved, but our Savior wants all men to be saved and to know the truth that He speaks. There is always time to be reconciled to God and to come back to Him. If you are struggling with this or someone you know is, encourage them to know that God loves us all and wants all of us to be with Him!

"God our Savior wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3-4

Pope Francis

Birth name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Born: December 17, 1936 (76)

From: buenos Aires, Argentina

Ordination 13 December 1969
by Ramón José Castellano

Consecration 27 June 1992
by Antonio Quarracino

Created Cardinal 21 February 2001

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Cardinal-Archbishop of Buenos Aires (1998 - 2013)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Roberto Bellarmino (2001 - 2013)

Bishop of the Ordinariate for the Faithful of the Eastern Rites in Argentina ( - 2013)

Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (1992 - 1997)

Titular Bishop of Auca (1992 - 1997)

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Habemus Papam!

We have a pope!

Our new Pope is: Pope Francis (Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio)

Can you believe it? The conclave started yesterday and today we have a pope! Praise to God for this wonderful blessing from God! Pray for our new pope! Make sure to share this with your family to spread the news!

Reactions? I jumped out my chair and was jumping for joy! What about you guys?

Habemus Papam

We have a Pope! Glory to God!! Tune to EWTN!!

Conclave: The Smoke

Is anyone else watching EWTN to see the smoke come out of the chimney? I am right now! Are any of you?

Here is a prayer for the Church:

Oh Lord Jesus Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the Ministry of Pope Benedict the 16th and the selfless care with which he has led us as successor of Peter and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd who founded Your Church on the rock of Peters faith and have never left your Flock unattended, look with love upon us now and sustain Your Church and faith hope and charity.

Grant Lord Jesus in a your boundless love for us a, new Pope for Your Church, who will please you by his Holiness and lead us faithfully to You who are the same yesterday today and forever.


Day 68: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Give thanks to The Lord for everything He does for you. Praise his name for the countless blessings he showers upon you. Be glad because the Lord your God loves you and delights in blessing you. The Lord forms your day and knows everything in it and makes everything good and happy.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4

Day 29: Meditations for Lent

I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me. (John 5:30)

As a child in Joseph’s carpenter shop, Jesus learned to do what his father wanted. Perhaps he began by sweeping up sawdust or fetching a tool, then graduated to holding a piece of wood in place. Little by little, he came to understand more than how to make a straight cut or how to fasten two pieces of wood together. He began to be able to envision the finished work, to see the yoke or the table his father wanted to build. Finally, he could take a project from start to finish in a way that made Joseph proud.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of a similar intimacy with his heavenly Father. He says and does only what he has heard his Father saying and doing. His entire aim is to please his Father, to accomplish his Father’s purpose. Because he keeps that whole purpose in mind, he is able to undergo setbacks and apparent disasters. He knows that somehow they all contribute to the great plan of salvation.

Like Jesus, we all want to do God’s will. But in order to become effective in our work, we too need to understand the “big picture.” Sometimes we get tied up in knots trying to figure out little things like whether God would prefer that I stay home with my family or go to a meeting at church this evening. Of course Jesus cares about every detail of our lives, but we will find it easier to make specific choices once we have a better grasp on the big picture—what the Father is building and how he is inviting each of us to fit into his great purposes.

Today, Jesus lets us in on an open secret: “The Father raises the dead and gives life” (John 5:21). This is one of those “big-picture” truths that can help in your decision making. God is building an eternal kingdom in which everyone is fully alive in him. So how will your choices today help you to experience that life?

“Jesus, I want to do your Father’s will. Help me to stay connected with you so that everything I do contributes to the great work of giving life to the world.”

From the Word Among us

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lenten Donation Jar

At our parish we have handouts that are CRS rice bowls, they have a flyer telling about the program and a little box with a slot in the top to raise money for charity. I currently have on in my room and at the beginning of Lent I had the idea to create a donation jar. The idea is that whatever I would spend on things that I gave up I would put in the jar to give to charity. This is a fun idea to help with almsgiving! :)

Lenten mini retreats

What are you doing to prepare yourself for Lent? Have you gone to a retreat? One of my friends did a personal 3 day retreat at home. You don't have to go to some fancy place to have a retreat, all you need is a plan and some determination.

My friend did the following on her 3 day retreat at home:

  • Didn't watch TV
  • Didn't listen to music
  • Tried to spend more time in spiritual reading and prayer
  • Memorized the 10 Commandments
  • Memorized the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • And lastly united herself to God
This is just a brief list of some of the things she did, but they truly can make a difference. During your mini retreat if you want to create one, try cutting out or limiting something that you enjoy and replace it with something that will nourish you soul. You could pray the Morning and Evening prayers of the Divine Office, or you could pray the rosary and read the bible. Whatever you choose enjoy it and may God bless you!

Here is an idea that I had for a mini retreat starting on Friday.

Pray all of the offices of the Liturgy of the Hours
Spend no time watching TV
Spiritual Reading
Daily Mass
Meditative Prayer

I hope to try this out this week. I will post my progress! ;)

Day 27: Meditations for Lent

The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. (John 4:50)
The man was desperate: his son was near death. So he set out to find this rabbi he had heard so much about, Jesus. Could Jesus heal his son? Would they get back to his son in time? With every step, questions swirled in his mind until Jesus was in sight. He rushed to Jesus, begging him to come and heal his son. Instead of departing with him, Jesus simply declared to the man, “Your son will live” (John 4:50).
At that precise moment, two miracles took place. First, the man’s son was healed and restored to full health. So what was the second miracle? The man “believed what Jesus said to him” (John 4:50). Something happened in his heart. He didn’t need Jesus to come with him anymore. He became convinced that Jesus had authority over sickness and could heal without even touching his son.
And then another miracle happened. Before he arrived home, the man’s servants brought him the news that his son had been healed. It seems surprising that the most pressing question on the man’s mind was not how his son was doing but when the healing occurred. Did it really matter? Wasn’t it enough that his son was well? But he had to know that the boy recovered at just the moment that Jesus pronounced his promise. And when it was confirmed, “he and his whole household came to believe” (John 4:53). Jesus wasn’t just a wonder-worker. He was the Messiah!
This story tells us that embedded in every healing, embedded in every work God does in our lives, is an invitation to an intimate relationship with his Son. Greater than any physical healing is knowing in our heart of hearts that Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer, and our Friend. When he works in our hearts, he reveals himself to us, and our faith is deepened. Nothing compares with the knowledge that Jesus, the Lord of all creation, loves us and lives in us. Let’s ask him to open our eyes today so that we too can believe.
“Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. I believe that you died on the cross for me. I believe that you rose again. I believe that you have redeemed me. Open my heart to know you even more today.”

From the WORD among us, Meditations for Catholics

Day 67: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

When Christ died for us, we were forgiven of all of our sins. With His Blood He cleansed us and allowed the gates of heaven to be opened e so that we might share in eternal life.

"God made you alive with Christ, He forgave us all our sins." Colossians 2:13

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Papal Conclave

Yay! They have decided to start the conclave on Tuesday! Let us all pray for our next pope who will hopefully lead the church on the correct path!

Who do you think will be the next pope? Comment!

Day 66: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

The Lords mercy is wonderful, it is like an ocean that envelopes us and we drown in His unfathomable mercy. His Love is greater than anything, better than any material item or pleasure. Love The Lord your God for He is loving and merciful.

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old. Psalm 25:6

Day 65: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Trust completely in God for He will not abandon you or forsake you. He will protect you and give you strength because He is all loving and good.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:

For 3/9/13

Day 26: Meditations for Lent

We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

During a high school trip around the world, William Borden, the heir of the Borden Dairy Company, felt a strong call to become a missionary for the Lord. He had seen so much poverty in his travels, and he wanted to dedicate himself to reaching out to all those who were suffering. When he made that decision, Borden wrote these words in his Bible: No reserve.

After graduating from college, Borden turned down a number of lucrative job offers. All he wanted was to be an overseas missionary. When he made that decision, Borden wrote these words in his Bible: No retreat.

Shortly after having completed his ministry training, Borden traveled to Egypt. There he was struck with a fatal case of spinal meningitis and died at the age of twenty-five. When he learned of his condition, Borden wrote these words in his Bible: No regrets.

In today’s second reading, St. Paul calls himself an ambassador for Christ. He lived his life as a representative of the Lord. As such, he felt personally responsible to further the mission of the Church wherever he went and whatever he did.

William Borden was convinced to serve the Lord during a round-the-world vacation. Paul felt the call while he was persecuting the Church. Like them—and like every saint in the Church—we too are called to be ambassadors for Christ. God wants us to become his representatives as we go about our daily lives.

So Mister or Madame Ambassador, always be open and alert for your next assignment. It may come during a routine day, or it may come in the midst of a momentous event. No matter how it comes, embrace it with all your heart. Follow your assignment, and dedicate yourself to living for the glory of Jesus. Make this your motto: “No reserve, no retreat, no regret.”

“Here I am, Lord. Send me!”

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pray Divine Mercy!!


Recited this Chaplet at 3pm, the hour Jesus expired on the cross.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!


Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.


Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.


I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.


For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.


Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Day 64: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

What an amazing piece of scripture, but do we really realize how special this is? God, the Creator of everything gave His only Son to us to set us free from sin. He knew His son would be persecuted and killed but He loved us so much that He did it anyway so that by His Sons redemptive sacrifice we could take part in eternal life!

"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son." John 3:16

Day 24: Meditations for Lent

Take with you words, and return to the Lord. (Hosea 14:3)

Why return to the Lord? Because we are sinners and need his salvation. Because in him we find compassion. Because he promises to heal our infidelity and love us freely. Ultimately, because he longs to cleanse us from our sins and draw us back to him.

But what words should we take with us? What words will give us a good hearing? They don’t have to be eloquent words. They don’t even have to be original words. In today’s Gospel, for instance, Jesus commends a scribe simply for repeating what Jesus himself has just said. There is wisdom in repeating the truth, and sometimes the truths that are easiest to speak have the deepest meaning.

Words are not costly. They don’t involve offerings, sacrifice, or service. But inexpensive words have great value in God’s eyes when they are spoken by a humble heart that knows its need for mercy. Think, for instance, of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When we come to the Lord in confession and use plain language to ask for his mercy, he pours out an immense amount of grace to forgive, heal, and restore.

Urging them to take words with them, the prophet Hosea told the Israelites to be straightforward in their dealings with the Lord. Likewise for us, we shouldn’t try to cover things up or gloss over our sins. We shouldn’t let pride block the truth. Instead, we should just go and tell the Lord, in our own words, what we have done. We should, in our own words, ask him to wash us clean.

Jesus wants to lift us up. He wants to receive us and cleanse us. He wants us to enjoy his presence and his grace. He knows that the only way for this to happen is if we confess our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and ask the Lord for his mercy. And the good news is that as soon as we do confess, we are forgiven. All the obstacles are removed, and God’s grace floods our hearts. Nothing compares with the feeling of freedom, the sense of relief and happiness, that comes when we take words with us and seek the mercy of the Lord!

“Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.” (Psalm 51:3)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 23: Meditations for Lent

The kingdom of God has come upon you. (Luke 11:20)

Picture the crowd as they watched Jesus cast a demon out of a mute person. You would think that would be enough to convince them of his divine power. But immediately, some asked for a sign from heaven—as if what he did wasn’t already a sign! Others declared that he was using the devil’s power to cast out the demon.

So who do you think was at work here besides Jesus?

If you answered the devil, you’re right. He loves to stir up animosity and mistrust. He doesn’t want anyone to believe in God’s power, so he plays on our suspicions. He may go by a variety of names—Lucifer, the evil one, the father of lies, the accuser of the brethren—but they all point to the division that he constantly tries to create among God’s people. Unlike Jesus, who always seeks to bring people together, Satan’s goal is to cause division and destroy relationships.

How can we stand up to such a crafty adversary? On our own power, we can’t. We need to believe that Jesus has defeated Satan and that he has given us a share in his victory. This is what St. Paul meant when he told us to take up the spiritual weapons God has given us. We have nothing less than the whole “armor of God” at our disposal, and we have the Holy Spirit, who is more than eager to teach us how to use it (Ephesians 6:13).

Here are some of the weapons you can avail yourself of. First and foremost, there is prayer. Look to the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and invoke this power over yourself, your family, even your nation. You can also ask for the intercession of the saints and angels. And of course, you can seek Jesus’ strength in the Eucharist and his comfort in the confessional.

With all of this spiritual weaponry and with God’s own grace, you can win this battle. With the Holy Spirit’s help, you can restore broken relationships and become an instrument of peace. You really can send the devil back to where he belongs!

“Jesus, help me to put on my spiritual armor so that I can stand against the devil and all his tactics. Lord, send your angels to protect all of us against the work of the enemy!”

Day 22: Meditations for Lent

For march 6

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

With his invention of the moving assembly line, Henry Ford revolutionized the manufacturing world. Productivity increased exponentially, and costs came down dramatically. But there was also one unfortunate consequence. With his focus narrowed to only one part of the car, the typical autoworker lost a degree of satisfaction and pride in his work. All he did was attach a door or install a steering wheel. No longer could he say that he built a car. He lost sight of the big picture.

Like these factory workers, some Jews in Jesus’ time had become so focused on individual rules and traditions in the Law of Moses that they lost sight of the big picture. As a result, they found it hard to recognize that Jesus himself was the fulfillment of the Law—that he was the Law of God incarnate!

You wouldn’t read a letter if the author of that letter were standing right in front of you. You wouldn’t read a user’s manual if the software developer were available to answer your questions. Similarly, here was Jesus, standing right in their midst, telling the people about his Father. By his words and deeds, he brought the Law to life. No longer just a series of writings, the Law was now a living reality that everyone could experience!

So how do you fulfill the Law? By meticulously keeping every stricture in the Bible? Not exactly. Scripture makes it clear that we fulfill God’s commandments through the Holy Spirit. It’s the Spirit who writes the Law on our hearts. It’s the Spirit who make us want to live according to God’s ways. It’s the Spirit who gives us the grace and power to overcome the pull of sin. And most important, it’s the Spirit—speaking to us through Scripture, our conscience, and the Church—who gives us a “big-picture” grasp of the Christian life.

Do you see why prayer is so important? As we quiet our hearts and fix our eyes on the Lord, we open ourselves to his Spirit. That’s when our lives begin to change. That’s when God writes his laws on our hearts!

“Come, Holy Spirit, and open my eyes to the glory of the Lord. Teach me and empower me to follow your ways.”

Day 62: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Do you ever face a tough situation and feel scared? Don't be, God is always at your side comforting you. Some people are afraid of the dark, but just know that God is watching over you and protecting you from evil.

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

This is for yesterday sorry!

Day 63: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

By Christs death, God the Father has opened the gates to heaven so that we may live in His house forever. He is rich in mercy and loves all of us, make sure you do not forget to accept the invitation to the banquet because if you do they the doors will be shut and you will not be allowed to enter.

"Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ." Ephesians 2:4-5

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 61: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

When someone wrongs you do you forgive them? As hard as it is forgive them because remember the Lord your God has forgiven you. If you do not forgive others God will not forgive you. Forgive others out of your love for Christ.

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Day 21: Meditations for Lent

Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you? (Matthew 18:33)

Have you ever watched a squirrel trying to get into a “squirrel proof” bird feeder? He will tenaciously try anything to get at the birdseed, even if there are easy food options nearby. This illogical persistence is comical, but it’s also maddening for anyone who has to replace the broken bird feeder.

Sin can make humans do illogical things, too. And that is nowhere more clear than in the parable Jesus tells in today’s Gospel reading. Here we see the unmerciful servant behaving in a very selfish and irrational way. He begs for mercy and is forgiven his huge debt, only to go out of his way to demand that someone else pay him back a very small debt. He treats this borrower harshly and shows none of the mercy that he has just received. Wouldn’t it be easier just to forgive this fellow instead of spending all the effort having him thrown in jail and punished?

Have you found yourself acting illogically as well? Maybe there have been times when you should have extended mercy but ended up concocting a scheme to get even. Or perhaps you have planned or contemplated something you knew was wrong, despite the warning from your conscience. Did you ever really get any satisfaction from these plans? It’s amazing how irrational temptation and sin can make us!

God must be watching us with the same kind of mixture of humor and sadness that we feel as we watch that squirrel break through yet another bird feeder. He wants to help us overcome sin. Yet what we have done is so obviously intentional that the guilt sticks to our conscience more than that of any “accidental” sin.

In the end, it doesn’t matter. God’s mercy is always selfless. He always meets the illogic of our sins with the logic of his love. Scripture reminds us that his mercies are “renewed each morning” (Lamentations 3:23). God is constantly forgiving us and extending his mercy to us. So ask for his help, trust in his love, and know that your heart can be changed!

“Lord, give me the logic of your love and the clarity to see when I am being unjust or illogical. Fill my heart with mercy, and help me grow in your love each day.”

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 20: Meditations for Lent

When the people … heard this, they were all filled with fury. (Luke 4:28)
How is it possible that one minute this crowd is filled with admiration for Jesus, and the next they’re ready to kill him? Scholars think part of the answer may be that these events happened a little more slowly than told here. As you might expect, Jesus did get a great reception from the people of his hometown, but over a few days or weeks, many turned against him. There was something about him they didn’t like; he apparently wasn’t who they expected him to be.
It wasn’t that they didn’t know Jesus. They did. He had lived among them for years. But he seemed to have picked up an attitude. While they loved what he said about freeing the brokenhearted and oppressed, they weren’t so keen on his call to repentance. What did he mean by saying they needed to be poor in spirit like Naaman or the widow of Zarephath, both of whom weren’t even Jews? Such talk coming from the local carpenter’s son was just too much to bear.
Sometimes our response to Jesus can resemble this crowd’s response. We’re swept off our feet when we first experience his mercy and compassion. Then as we get closer to God, the Holy Spirit shows us areas of our lives that aren’t under his control. This may be hard to hear. Like the Nazarenes, we may be tempted to resist Jesus and even push him away. But becoming like Christ means humbling ourselves and letting the Lord smooth out our rough edges.
The best way to stay on the path of conversion is to remember why Jesus came in the first place: to “let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18). God wants what is best for us. He wants us to be free of all that binds us, free to be united with him and to know the joy and peace he intends for us. Getting to that place isn’t always pleasant, but it’s worth it. This Lent—this very day—can be a milestone in your walk with the Lord if you want it to be. Seek him, hear his word, and let yourself fall in love with Jesus again!
“Lord, I come to do your will. Fill me with your Spirit so that I can follow you with joy, whatever the cost.”

The Sacrament of Confession

As a Catholic you are required to go to Confession once a year (during Lent).

"If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." John 20:23

What a wonderful passage from the scripture, Jesus Himself instituted the Holy Sacrament of Confession. Confession is when we confess our mortal sins to a priest and receive Gods forgiveness. We take part in this sacrament when we have committed a mortal sin, this means the soul is not in a state of grace. If you desire to receive Holy Communion you need to go to Confession if you have a mortal sin on your soul. 


Day 60: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

When you receive Holy Communion at Mass you are truly receiving Jesus. Jesus is the Son, the second person in the Holy Trinity. When you receive Jesus the Holy Trinity is dwelling within you. Make sure to prepare for this wonderful encounter by going to Confession to receive Gods healing mercy. If you haven't gone to Confession make sure to go, because the joy of Holy Communion is better than any gifts of gold or silver.

 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. Mark 14: 22-24

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 19: Meditations for Lent

I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it. (Luke 13:8)
The parable of the fig tree tells us that God is constantly at work pruning and watering and fertilizing us so that we can produce fruit. So often during Lent, we focus on our need to repent. While this is a good thing to think about, we also need to remember that our God is a God of consolation and love. He is always encouraging us. He never gives up on us. He never condemns or rejects us.
Jesus knows who we are. He knows everything about us. So it’s comforting to know that even with all of our weakness and failures, he will still work in us to make us more fruitful. In fact, his compassion is one of the most effective fertilizers around. It’s capable of feeding us and strengthening us. It has the power to lift us out of the pain and setbacks we can experience in our lives and encourage us to take the next step forward to a fruitful, peaceful life.
On one occasion, Jesus saw a large crowd, and his heart was moved with compassion for them because they were “troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). If you ever find yourself feeling this way, stand up and tell yourself that Jesus is with you. Believe that he knows your troubles and is showering you with his compassion and his love. You are not alone!
The Jesus who had compassion for this crowd is the same Jesus who walked out of the tomb on Easter Sunday. It’s the same Jesus we receive every time we take Communion. It’s the same Jesus who lives in your heart. It’s the same Jesus who lives in the hearts of your family members, your neighbors, your co-workers, even your enemies.
As you ponder these truths today, don’t just let his compassion encourage and console you. Let it melt your heart as well. Let it move you to share this compassion with everyone you meet.
“Jesus, I want to be more like you. Teach me how to cultivate your presence in the people around me.”

Day 59: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Love everyone as Jesus has loved you. Jesus is in all of us and we need to treat everyone with love and kindness just a Jesus did to everyone. He didn't judge or be rude, He loved them and cared for them.

"Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:2

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 58: 101 Days to Knowing God for Guys

Praise the Lord for He has redeemed you. Don't praise worthless things or grow attached to worldly things, grow close to the One who has saved you. Shout for joy because you have been redeemed and praise the One who loves you beyond all things. 

"My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you - I, whom you have redeemed, O Lord." Psalm 71:23

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pontiff Emeritus

As of yesterday at 8pm vatican time the Holy See was left vacant and His Holiness Benedict XVI was no longer pope. He will live in Castle Gandolfo until the monastery at the vatican will be ready for him to live in as a monk for the rest of his life.

His last tweet was,

"Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives."

And made his last public appearance and said,

"This day brings me great joy. I feel very fortunate. Let us continue to go forward. Thank you. With my dire heart and blessing, I impart my blessing. Thank and good evening."

Thank you so much for your service to our church! We will always remember you in our hearts.

Day 17: Meditations for Lent

Here comes that dreamer! (Genesis 37:19)
In many ways, Joseph was naive and innocent. In his seventeen years of life, he had been protected and showered with love and special treatment by his father. He probably thought that the rest of the world loved him just the same. But his naiveté got him in trouble when he told his brothers about his dreams and showed off the beautiful coat his father had given him. He probably couldn’t imagine that they would be offended—he was the golden boy, after all!
Even though his brothers assaulted him and sold him into slavery, Joseph did not give up on God’s commandments. Even when he was falsely accused and jailed for molesting his master’s wife, he held firm to God. When in prison, his ability to interpret dreams became known to Pharaoh, who ultimately released him and raised him up to a position second only to his own. Just as Joseph believed he would, God brought good out of evil for him. And not only for himself but for all the people around him. In his new position, Joseph was able to save both Egypt and the Israelites from a devastating famine.
This is a classic story of good and evil: the goodness of Joseph contrasted with the evil done by his brothers and those who appear later in the story. This story tells us that though they may seem locked in a never-ending struggle, goodness eventually triumphs over evil. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:28, “All things work for good for those who love God.”
God always works good for those who love him. We should never let hard times keep us from turning to our Father and asking him to sustain us. If we always seek to do good and try to forgive those who harm us, miracles can happen—not only in our lives but in the lives of those around us. Let’s not run away from tough times but instead face them with faith and trust in God’s promises. Who knows what blessings God has waiting for us?
“Father, I surrender my life into your hands. When I get weary of fighting the good fight, lift me up and hide me in your presence. Keep me safe until I am able to praise and thank you once again.”