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GOD IS THERE; HE CAN DO ALL. HE LOVES ME; WHY SHOULD I FEAR?

GOD IS THERE; HE CAN DO ALL. HE LOVES ME; WHY SHOULD I FEAR?

God is there; He can do all. He loves me; why should I fear?

What a delightful thought!

Summed up in these few words, so easy to repeat: God knows it, and He loves me. Oh! what strength, what joy, what consolation they bring to my soul.

 

Without thought, but also without any bad intention, I committed an act which, wrongly interpreted, may affect my reputation and prevent the good which I ought to do. I fear the consequences; God knows it, and He loves me. If I entrust myself to Him, will He suffer me to become useless? Can He not hide what I have done – cause it to be forgotten by those who know it?

I am sick, and my malady becomes serious and leads me to fear unbearable suffering; God knows it, and He loves me. Will He send me suffering above my strength? Oh! no; I am sure that when He sends me suffering it is only because I need it, and that He will measure my strength with the prudence of a mother who metes out to her child a nauseous medicine.

Persons speak evil of me; God knows it, and He loves me. Will He not render the calumny a means of sanctification of my soul? What is necessary in order that a drop of poison may become salutary? That it should be given by a skilful hand and under favourable circumstances. Does not God know also how to administer it?

I am growing poor; I see my small fortune disappearing; my health is declining, I am growing weak; I am afraid of being a burden on others, of being abandoned. God knows it, and He loves me. Will He let me want for anything? Will He not always leave near me one heart, at least, which can understand mine?

God knows it, and He loves me! Oh! what marvellous power is in these words! They adapt themselves to every circumstance of life and to every situation of the soul. All that is necessary, in order that they may produce their effect is that we should watch over the purity of our souls and preserve our union with God.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889



 

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YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE (Jn 8:32)

“Jesus prays, ‘sanctify them’, that is, ‘perfect them and make them holy. And do this in the truth’, that is, in me, your Son, who am the truth (Jn 14:6).

It is like saying: Make them share in my perfection and holiness (sanctity). And thus he adds, ‘your word’, that is, your Word, is the truth. The meaning is then: Sanctify them in me, the truth, because I, your Word, am the truth.

Or, we could say this: Sanctify them, by sending the Holy Spirit. And do this in the truth, that is, the knowledge of the truths of the faith and of your commandments: ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32). For we are sanctified by faith and the knowledge of the truth: ‘the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe’ (Rm 3:22).

The righteousness of God through faith for all who believe

He adds, ‘your word is truth’, because the truth of God’s words is unmixed with falsity: ‘All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them’ (Pr 8:8). Further, his word teaches the uncreated truth.

Another interpretation: In the Old Testament everything set aside for divine worship was said to be sanctified: ‘Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel to serve me as priests’ (Ex 28:1). Accordingly he says, ‘sanctify them’, that is, set them aside, in truth, that is, to preach your truth, because your word, which they are to preach, is truth.”

– St Thomas Aquinas

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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IT IS THE DEATH OF THE WORD MADE FLESH WHICH IS OUR GREAT LESSON OF THIS WORLD

“It is the death of the Eternal Word of God made flesh, which is our great lesson how to think and how to speak of this world.

His Cross has put its due value upon everything which we see, upon all fortunes, all advantages, all ranks, all dignities, all pleasures; upon the list of the flesh, and the list of the eyes, and the pride of life… Go to the political world… to the world of intellect and science… look at misery, look at poverty and destitution, look at oppression and captivity; go where food is scanty and lodging unhealthy… Would you know how to rate all these? Gaze upon the Cross.”

– Bl. John Henry Newman, We now learn the true values, P.S. VI, 84-86

 

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LONG DISTANCE MIRACLE – ‘YOU MAY GO, YOUR SON WILL LIVE’ (Jn 4:50)

• “We go to the scriptures for life, wisdom and truth.

• Gospel Reading: John 4:43-54

• ‘You may go, your son will live’ (John 4:50)

• Jesus’ healing of the official’s son was a ‘long distance miracle.’ The sick boy was healed simply by Jesus’ word, ‘You may go, your son will live’ (John 4:50). How does Jesus speak his word to us today? In the Scriptures we encounter directly the word and the promises of Christ, and it is in the Scriptures that we find life. The Holy Spirit is the One who teaches us to go to the Scriptures for this life, grace and power. The Spirit is also the One who changes the way we approach the Scriptures. St Clement of Alexandria said: ‘The Word of God as the Word made flesh and in the word of the Scriptures is the face, the countenance, the representation of God, in whom he is brought to life and made known.’

• Lord Jesus, your word is living and active, sharper than any double-edge sword, it speaks to my heart and has the power to change the way I think and act. May your word burn in my heart.

• Our Father…, Ten Hail Marys…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for… ”
– This short meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2013” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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“THE FULLNESS OF THE WORD OF FAITH IS THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST”

“The fullness of the Word of Faith is the person of Jesus.

In him is spoken not one word among many but the Eternal Word of God.

Our faith in this Word is faith in perfect love. This is the foundation on which all reality, and its final destiny, actually rests.

The gaze of faith, the prayer of each one of us, is a gaze at this Word of God made flesh, in his coming in Bethlehem, in his love-filled death on the cross.

Our faith is inseparable from the life in the Church, because in the life of the Church we are taken up into the Body of Christ.

There we become ‘sons in the Son.’ In that company, we can entrust ourselves completely to him.”
– From: “A Journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmastide 2013” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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A POEM ON THE GOSPEL “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD”

UPON THE GOSPEL “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD” [John 1:1 ff] RELATING TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

In the beginning of all things
The Word lived in the Lord at rest.
And His felicity in Him
Was from infinity possessed.

That very Word was God Himself
By which all being was begun
For He lived in the beginning
And beginning had He none.

He Himself was the beginning,
So He had none, being one.
What was born of the beginning
Was the Word we call the Son.

Even so has God conceived Him
And conceived Him always so,
Ever giving Him the substance
As He gave it long ago.

And thus the glory of the Son
Is the glory of the Sire
And the glory of the Father
From His Son He does acquire.

As the loved-one in the lover
Each in the other’s heart resided:
And the love that makes them one
Into one of them divided,

Then with one and with the other
Mated in such equality,
Three Persons now and one Beloved
They numbered, though they still were three.

There is one love in all three Persons:
One lover all the Three provides;
And the beloved is the Lover
Which in each of them resides.

The Being which all three possess
Each of them does possess alone:
And each of them loves what that Being
Itself possesses of its own.

This very Being is Each One,
And it alone, in its own way,
Has bound them in that wondrous knot
Whose mystery no man can say.

Thus lives undying and eternal
The love that has entwined them so,
Because one love the three united
Which as their Essence now we know,
And this one love, the more in one-ness,
The more and more in love will grow.
– St John of the Cross
tr. Roy Campbell, 1951

 
 

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“BLESS OUR REMEMBRANCE OF THE TRUTH OF CHRIST’S BIRTH”

THE ETERNAL WORD IN OUR MIDST:

Lord,
bless our remembrance of the truth
of Christ’s birth.
Bless our awareness of the humility and
poverty that shapes this holy season.
Bless us as we make Christ the centre
of our lives this Christmas.
Bless our acceptance of the
Eternal Word of God in our midst
no longer remote in the heavens,
but dwelling in our midst.
Amen.

 
 

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