07 Aug Jeremiah 31:33 (God’s in our hearts)
Posted on Thursday 07 August, 2008
* Welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith (livingfaith.com). All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts. Jeremiah 31:33
Living Faith snippets: “God has written his law, his very self, into the heart of each person who has ever lived. God may seem far and his language hard to pin down. But remember that he writes on the heart.” by Fr. James Stephen Behrens, O.C.S.O.
Rich’s comments: God has written His law in our hearts; our conscience. When we listen to our conscience, we can hear God speak to us. God is ever present within us, it is up to us to seek Him out. Every day we need to remove ourselves from distractions, and allow time for reflection and self-examination. We also have the responsibility to educate our conscience, which is a lifelong task, but God has provided us help through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, His Word, and His Church. Lord, You are always present in my heart speaking to me. I pray that I can remove myself from all distractions and my pride, so that I may listen to You. Amen.
ProLife news: http://www.lifenews.com/.
Feast Day (St. Cajetan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cajetan, St. Sixtus II and Companions): Sixtus was elected Bishop of Rome (Pope) in 257; that same year the Emperor Valerian issued a decree forbidding Christians to hold assemblies (thereby making it impossible for them to celebrate Mass legally). Twelve months after his election, Sixtus was arrested while addressing a gathering of Christians in a cemetery outside Rome (for the early Church could not yet legally possess its own buildings). Four deacons were also arrested, including St. Lawrence. Sixtus and his companions were put to death by the sword; Roman Christians buried him in the nearby cemetery of St. Callistus (named after another Bishop of Rome who was himself martyred in 222).
Our Prayers: Abortion, chastity, our enemies/our troops, natural disasters, depression/ despair, dementia, cancer, prisoners, Liz Curry (Drew, 2 yr old, kidney tumor surgery), Deb Kayser (rotator cuff and hand surgeries)
Faith Quote: “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – St. Augustine
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Today’s Bible readings at www.usccb.org/nab/today.shtml. Reflection on readings at http://www.daily-meditations.org/index2.html
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson lyrics, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” “If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.”
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ Blessed Mother Teresa. Prayer to End Abortion. Ask Blessed Margaret of Castello for her prayers to end abortion.
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for non-believers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully live out the Good News and gladly tell others about it (Mark 16:15)!