24 Mar John 8:37 (Being Mindful of God)
… my word has no room among you. John 8:37 (full readings)
Living Faith snippets: “We wonder how we can make space for the wise and compassionate voice of Christ in the midst of so much noise pollution. The truth is we have to cooperate with the little opportunities we are given each day to slow down, become quiet and notice how the Holy One is speaking to us.” by Terri Mifek
Rich’s comments: One way that we can be mindful of God’s presence in our lives is to prayerfully review our day’s activities before going to bed. Saint Ignatius of Loyola developed a simple method called Daily Examen that can be used to review each day in a way that will help us grow closer to God in our thoughts and deeds. The Daily Examen has 5 steps: Stillness (recalling God’s presence), Gratitude (expressing thankfulness), Reflection (looking back on our day), Sorrow (asking for forgiveness), and Hopefulness (resolving to grow). By reflecting on our day, we can become more aware of God’s presence in our lives. This will help us to be more in tune to God’s call, so that we may respond with love.
Faith Challenges: Let’s generously share the LIFE Group by forwarding devotions or using the Facebook “invite people” link.
* NEW: What do you do to be mindful of God’s presence in your day? Please consider sharing your devotion thoughts on the Facebook page, to be appreciated by many.
Counter-Culture News: 40 Days for Life, LifeSiteNews, Vatican, American Family Association, Priests for Life
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images), #1 cause of death in America (23% of pregnancies). Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth to expose abortion’s unjust peace, rebuilding a Culture of Life for setting the unborn (and parents) free!
* NEW: Vietnamese Abortion Rates Skyrocket; Doctors Anguished by the Killing
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together, and close to God (footnotes). Peters family (JP). Prayer to end abortion. Stephanie Kemp (special intention), Pat Castle (Uncle Jim Castle with blood clots).
Faith Quote: “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” – Thomas Merton
Through Christ our Lord,
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, pornography, bitterness, criticalness, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* 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).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead a 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 (Matt 28:19).