On God’s Payroll

 

On God’s Payroll

Matthew 9:36-37 “Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.”

1 Corinthians 3:7-14 … “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw — each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.”

I have found it to be a good practice to ask myself from time to time; am I just working for God; [me in charge] or am I “working For God;” [God’s in charge]?

 

It is my prayer hope that God will use me to evangelize others, who in turn will also evangelize others. I understand that my role in this endeavor is to be limited. God alone converts, while my task is to know well our Catholic Faith, live it fully and as publically as I am able, and share it when God provides the opportunity, and explain and defend it should it become necessary.  

 

Actually I have been sharing God’s One True Faith for more than 20 years in public Ministry. I smile when asked, or when I hear “why don’t Catholics evangelize?”  It’s a fair and a good question. The smile is because I know many Catholics who like myself are endeavoring to spread The Good News [the Gospel]. So I guess it’s a matter of who we hang around with? But numerically, we are as Jesus proclaims in the heading; one of only a few answering the call is a public manner. Which by the way is something all of us are called to, in using the gifts that God has granted to us

 

The nature of my POST will vary. Many will be things that I author, and this will supplemented by things I read that I feel are worthy of being passed along.

 

I look forward to getting feedback and I will be thankful for any questions you may have.

 

God Bless you and yours,

Patrick

‘Salt of the Earth?” Or God’s Salt? That IS the question.

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “Do you want to be burning lamps or extinguished lamps?”

https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=58mhjuarukpev#8

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In his Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the words of Jesus from the Gospel of the day: “You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” These words “amaze us,” the Pope said, when we consider who they were addressed to. “They were fishers, simple people… But Jesus saw them with the eyes of God.” The Holy Father said these words are a consequence of the Beatitudes, which they immediately follow. If we are poor in spirit, meek, pure of heart, merciful… then we will be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Christians, he said, “receive a mission in regard to all humanity: with faith and with love they can direct, consecrate, and make fruitful all humanity.” We are all “missionary disciples, and we are called to become in the world a living Gospel.” If Christians lose their savour, if their light goes out, their presence in the world loses its efficacy. “Do you want to be burning lamps,” he asked the crowd, “or extinguished lamps?

Pope Francis speaks of Christ; the Eucharist and me and you

Pope Francis: Eucharist Encompasses God’s Love for Man
Continues Catechesis on the Sacraments During General Audience

VATICAN CITY, February 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) – It continues to rain in Rome but that didn’t stop thousands of people from gathering at St. Peter’s Square for the Holy Father’s weekly General Audience.

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, focusing on the Eucharist.

The Eucharist, he said, constitutes the source of “the very life of the Church.” Calling to mind the physical signs of the Eucharist, such as the altar, the Holy Father said they resemble a banquet.

“Word and Bread become altogether one in the Mass, as in the Last Supper, when all Jesus’ words, all the signs he made, were condensed into the gesture of breaking the bread and offering the chalice, anticipation of the sacrifice of the Cross, and in those words: “Take and eat, this is my Body … Take and drink, this is my Blood,” the Pope said.

The Holy Father went on to say that the Last Supper was the gesture of thanksgiving from Christ to God for His love and mercy. Noting the meaning of the Greek word for Eucharist means thanksgiving, the Pope said that it encompasses God’s love for man through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.

Although all the liturgical signs remind one of a banquet, the Holy Father stressed that it is much more than that: it is “the memorial of Jesus’ Passover, the central mystery of salvation.” Thus, the Eucharist is a focal point to God’s action of salvation, while giving us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet with God.

Concluding his catechesis, Pope Francis invited the faithful to thank God for the gift of the Eucharist. “Let us ask Him then that this Sacrament may continue to keep His presence alive in the Church and mould our communities in charity and communion, according to the heart of the Father.”

Before departing the General Audience, the Holy Father conveyed his solidarity with those suffering the torrential rains in Tuscany and Rome. Both areas have been affected with massive flooding after weeks of rain.

“Let us all pray and we are close to them with our strength, our solidarity and with our love,” he said. (J.A.E.

A Catholic response to the UN

A Catholic response to a UN mandate

Joshua 24: 15 … “but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men.”

U.N. report denounces Vatican on sex abuse [what about everyone else?]

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/02/05/un-vatican-sex-abuse-report/5220191/

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes.

In a devastating report, the U.N. committee also severely criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should review its policies to ensure children’s rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.

On sex abuse, “the committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators,” the report said.

It called for the sex abuse commission that Pope Francis announced in December to conduct an independent investigation of all cases of priestly abuse and the way the Catholic hierarchy has responded over time, and urged the Holy See establish clear rules for the mandatory reporting of abuse to police.

The committee issued its recommendations after subjecting the Holy See to a daylong interrogation last month on its implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the main international treaty ensuring children’s rights. 

During that session, the committee’s independent experts grilled the Holy See on its protection of children, working from reports prepared by victims groups and human rights organizations.

The committee’s recommendations are non-binding and there is no enforcement mechanism. Rather, the U.N. asked the Vatican to implement the recommendations and report back by 2017. The Vatican was 14 years late submitting its most recent report.

While most attention has focused on child sex abuse, the committee’s recommendations extended far beyond into issues about discrimination against children and their rights to adequate health care. By making specific recommendations to review Vatican policies on abortion and contraception, the committee waded deep into core church teaching on life. As a result, such recommendations will certainly be dismissed by the Vatican, which has a history of diplomatic confrontation with the United Nations over reproductive health care and similar issues.

Church teaching holds that life begins at conception; the Vatican therefore opposes abortion and artificial contraception.

The Vatican had no immediate comment [I did it for them] Patrick

Sorta how God works with us sent by a freind

 

Subject:  God’s Cake
 

Sometimes we wonder,

‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’

Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the  daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’

‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.       ‘Yuck’ says her daughter..

‘How about a couple raw eggs?’    ‘Gross, Mom!’

‘Would you like some flour then?

Or maybe baking soda?’

‘Mom, those are all yucky!’

To which the mother replies:

‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.  But when they are put together in the  right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ‘

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you.

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen.

He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.

If you like this, send this on

to the people you really care about.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are

here we might as well dance!