28 Oct Luke 6:12 (Guideposts)
“In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.” ~ Luke 6:12 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: This past Monday I received word that my father, Joe, has a cancerous tumor in his throat and will be having surgery this coming Monday. Admittedly I am still in a bit of emotional shock, but I am seeking after the Lord. My Dad is a fighter, and I know he will face this with dignity and strength…please pray for a successful surgery and swift recovery. As I reflected on how I should respond in faith to this trial I was brought back to my life verse (Rom 12:12), “Rejoice in Hope, Be Patient Under Trial, Persevere in Prayer.” Hope, Patience, and Prayer…our guideposts; the beacons of faith laid before us. In today’s Gospel, Jesus sets the example. He turns to the Father and spends the night with Him in prayer just prior to choosing the 12 Apostles…not a small decision. It is important to note that Jesus also prayed at His Baptism (Luke 3:21), before questioning the Apostles about His identity (Luke 9:18), at His Transfiguration (Luke 9:29), before teaching the Apostles to pray (Luke 11:1), before predicting Peter’s denial (Luke 22:32), and His last words on the cross (Luke 23:46). Jesus sets the example for us in prayer. As Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 6:18, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”
Faith Challenge: In the midst of trial, use the faith guideposts…Hope…Patience…Prayer.
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Cast All My Cares…
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Saint of the Day: Feast of St. Simon & Jude, Apostles
Faith Quote: “Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.” ~ St. Teresa of Avilla, Mystic & Doctor of the Church
Through Christ Our Lord,
Rom 12:2 .
* 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 (22% 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.