01 Nov Time of Great Distress (Rv 7:14) by Kevin McNicholas
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.” ~ 1 Rv 7:14 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: Anybody think maybe we are in “the time of great distress” right now? Revelation doesn’t specify how long that is going to take, but I would say we are pretty much there! Today is All Saints’ Day, and a very special Holy Day in the Church, where we remember all the special Friends of God who are in Heaven praying for us and interceding for our needs. These Saints whose intercession we ask are those who give us the example of sanctity, of washing “their robes and [making] them white in the Blood of the Lamb.” Sort of a paradox, because washing a white robe in blood would make it red, but cleansing one’s soul in Christ’s Blood can only make it sparkling white again. Each of us has a path to sanctity. God places people, events, and situations in our lives that He wants us to learn and grow from. The goal of growing ever closer to Him is one that we strive towards here on earth, and pray that we realize one day in Heaven!
* Kevin works at an alternative education program serving three counties in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have a 10 month old miracle named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”) to love, and have been blessed during the 7 years of their marriage to travel to Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide.
Faith Challenge: Pray about what events in your life may be helping define your path to sanctity.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Solemnity of All Saints
Faith Quote: “Do not be afraid to be Saints! Follow Jesus Christ who is the source of freedom and light. Be open to the Lord so that He may lighten all your ways.” –Saint John Paul II
Through Christ our Lord,