12 Sep Luke 6:41 (seeing ourselves)
* 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
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? Luke 6:41
Living Faith snippets: “There is a proverb that when you point a finger at someone, the other three [fingers] point toward yourself. This reflects the reasonably well-established idea that what we find most irritating in others are traits we actually dislike in ourselves. There are some who just don’t like me. If reflection and asking others reveals nothing that I have done to bring on the dislike, I just have to accept being disliked. All I can do with those who dislike me is to make sure I am as gracious as possible and recognize that none of us sees ourselves or others with complete clarity.” by Aileen O’Donoghue
Sr. Francelle devotion: Read her devotion about “What are you looking for most in life?” at http://sisterfrancelle.blogspot.com/. From the intro…”They were surprised to find the top three things people wanted most in life were love, joy and peace. That is what people really want. Old people, middle-aged and young people are all looking for love, joy and peace. And isn’t that exactly what the Bible says you can expect as a follower of Jesus Christ? God does want you to experience these things in your life. They’re available…”
* Kay Castle shared about the Large Hadron Collider [faith and science are not at odds with each other!]: “Dominican Sr. Katarina Pajchel, a physicist from the University of Oslo in Norway, who works on collider projects, told NCR: The laws of nature speak of an amazing order, creativity and beauty, she said. ‘Our current understanding bears witness to the power of human thought, imagination and curiosity. Through it we are given insight into God’s creative plan.’ However deep these discoveries go, Pajchel said, they do not threaten religion, ‘but rather firmly hold up the real mysteries of faith, more clearly and in a challenging way. ‘Contact with sober science can make us less vulnerable and more balanced as well in meeting modern religious movements, like New Age, which are often quasi-scientific,’ she said. ‘One can end up in the paradoxical situation of defending both rational scientific research and the real mysteries of faith.’ ” See entire article at http://ncronline3.org/drupal/?q=node/1786.
ProLife news: http://www.lifenews.com/.
* 40 Days for Life campaign (24 Sep to 2 Nov): Sign up for updates at http://www.40daysforlife.com/about.cfm. Please consider volunteering to pray an hour in front your local abortion mill during the Fall campaign.
Our Prayers: Abortion, chastity, our enemies/our troops, natural disasters, depression/ despair, dementia, cancer, prisoners, integrity of our leaders, Robert Cox (discerning his career path), Mike Castle (for grandson Isaac and his caregivers), strength to live the virtue of chastity
* New: Kay Castle (for those in the path of hurricanes)
Faith Quote: “To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living, but existing.”—Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
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 lie 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)!