Thanks Lord;

Thank you Jesus for all that you have given me and our family in the past year.

Much of it good; some not so.

Thank you in particular for allowing me to grasp that you present all of humanity only two choices.

Either we permit God to rule and run our lies or

We option to take that responsibility upon ourselves.

This understanding is both biblical and historical: Deut.30: 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.” The book of Deuteronomy is thousands of years old.

This simple message is simple and simply profound and well worth spending some prayerful time considering. To have “Faith” means to “trust in God”; and our degree of Trust in God is a good, and usually an accurate measure of our True Faith in Him. The last day of the present year and looking forward to the New Year seems an appropriate time to consider this.

I have found life much more bearable knowing that it is GOD who designs our crosses and then when we permit him too; helps us carry them. Amen!

Perhaps the most puzzling and obvious error of non-Catholic-Christians is too assume that Jesus suffered inexplicable pain and humiliations for our Redemption; and then is “OK” with man not having to prove and then prove again and again our love and fidelity to Him. How silly such a notion is.

Take Up your Cross and Follow Me

Phil.2: 8 “And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9:23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, [MEANS to Follow MY Personal example] cannot be my disciple.” Matt.5: 19 “Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

“Truth is the condition of grace; it is the source of grace; it is the channel of grace; it is the divinely ordained requirement of grace.” Fr. John A. Hardon S. J.

May our Blessed Lord be with us to guide us and to assist us in everything that Divine Providence brings our way in this New Year. Pray much dear friends; Satan is very much on the prowl.

Patrick

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