01 Nov Matthew 5:10-11 (The Blessing of Persecution)
“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me.” ~ Matthew 5:10-11 (full readings)
Faith Challenge: Read the Beatitudes now. In what way will you be blessed to live one of the Beatitudes today? Can you commit yourself today to being grateful for your mourning, for your meekness, your mercy, or one of the other tough blessings in the Beatitudes? The next time someone “persecutes you for the sake of righteousness,” remember to count it as a blessing.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life, AFA, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
* Please keep Joe Castle, the father of LIFE Devotions authors Pat and Steve, in your prayers as he continues to recover from yesterday’s surgery.
Feast Day: Solemnity of All Saints.
Faith Quote: “The patriot, like the Christian, must learn to bear revilings and persecutions as part of his duty; and in proportion as the trial is severe, firmness under it becomes more requisite and praiseworthy.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.
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.