04 Feb Hebrews 13:1-2 (Angels Among Us) by Tina Castle
“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have entertained angels.” Hebrews 13:1-2 (full readings)
Tina’s Reflections: My heart was moved as I read today’s verse about hospitality and entertaining angels. When I think of hospitality I think of generosity. Generosity is more than money, it is what God places on our hearts. I find the days that I make those small, generous concessions towards others are the days I find the most peace. I felt called to start a pro-life committee at my Parish. We made plans to go and pray in front of the Fargo (ND) abortion mill on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It fell on one of the coldest days of the year (-18). The committee was tempted to call off the event, but as we thought about the unborn unjustly being sacrificed, we knew we needed to be there. I was so proud that our priest and many of our youth joined us. During our time of peaceful prayer, we were greeted by many; a neighboring restaurant owner who gently asked us to not walk in front of his store window; a gruff man who asked me “what’s going on here,” then made the sign of the cross as he left; or the men and women who joined us in prayer as they got in their vehicles. Any of these could have been angels. We will never know how far reaching our prayers and sacrifices were that day. However, I do know that generosity is what brought us together. Check out this song by Alabama about the power of angels, Angels Among Us.
* Tina Castle is married to Steve and the mother of four beautiful children (Brianna, Mary, Sam, & Sarah). Tina runs her own daycare, called Little Miracles, and is active in her Fergus Falls (MN) parish as the chair of the “Hear Our Voices” social justice committee.
Faith Challenge: Are you entertaining angels? Be generous and hospitable with all those you encounter today.
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Which one are YOU? “Sometimes I think the whole world is divided into two groups – Pharisees and Publicans. Pharisees are either judging or condemning others, while Publicans are so busy making their own hearts pleasing to God, they don’t have time to judge others.”
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, running, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Joseph of Leonissa “Joseph avoided the safe compromises by which people sometimes undercut the gospel.”
Faith Quote: “Every Christian must be a living book wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel.” ~ St. Joseph of Leonissa
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.