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Sunday, August 25, 2019

A Little Sunday Morning Reflection

A Little Sunday Morning Reflection
© Marlicia Fernandez  8-25-19

It has been a stressful and frustrating summer. Circumstances and people conspired to make it so, from the middle of May, through the middle of August.  Without minimizing what was going on at that time, I’m sure there were ways I could have eased the challenges that came up for myself and for others.  Hindsight really is 20-20.

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry…

The first thing I could have done was to deepen my prayer life.  This appears to be obvious, but it is also superficial. How many times have I confused deepening my prayer life with adding more prayers and spiritual readings instead of taking my time and really giving myself and my challenges over to God?  I’ve been told over and over again that it isn’t the number of prayers said, but the quality of the prayers offered and my internal disposition.

My internal disposition. That’s tricky. Do I really want God to answer my prayers the way He knows is best, or do I want to direct Him to act the way I think He should?  More often than not, it’s the latter and instead of gaining comfort, peace and strength, I add anxiety to the mix.  Often I’m afraid of how God will respond and what He will require of me, instead of trusting that He always desires what is best for me and will give me the strength to work through whatever He allows to occur.  What if I have to give up such-and-such, or do X-Y-Z?  That’s scary. So my prayers are superficial. I am holding back and my lack of trust ties His hands, so to speak.

Do I doubt God’s great love for me? Not at all.  So why is it so hard to pray with total abandonment to His most Holy and Divine Will…to “Let Go and Let God”? I want to keep hold of the end of the string, just in case. 

I had thought I’d gotten past this stage, but apparently not.  Point one to work on—be sincere (and humble) in prayer.

Abandonment to Divine Providence…

This makes it sound like the summer been full of major difficulties, and while there were some rather frightening and frustrating aspects to our experiences, we were blessed in that they were not worse.  Granted, we still have a circuitous road to follow, but some of the challenges have resolved and that is a blessing.  It would have been a great deal easier to weather the circumstances if I could “roll with the punches” more.  It seemed like every time I thought I was abandoning myself to God’s will, even going so far as to verbalize that abandonment to Him, something would come up and I’d realize that wasn’t really the case.  Acceptance was easy as long as it didn’t put me out too much. 

Another point to work on.  Let God take control.  He’s already in charge. Things will go a lot smoother and easier if I don’t fight Him—and I’ll be surprised at how well everything works out. 

Engage in the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy…

It is said that misery loves company. Maybe, but I think only if the saying is turned on its head. Misery only loves company when that company sets out to help ease the suffering it sees.  It’s hard to be miserable when focus is on someone else who needs prayers or material assistance more than I do.  I wish I had practiced more of this during the summer. Taking myself out of myself can help push my own concerns into the background and make me realize how truly blessed I am.

Practice and Attitude of Gratitude…

A writer friend of mine used to say this all the time and it is so important.  Whatever the trials and challenges I have, there are always others who have greater trials and challenges.  I should be grateful for the difficulties that God shunts away from me, and pray for those who suffer more greatly than I. I should be grateful for the challenges and trials God allows because they are for my benefit. I may not know how, or want to believe it at the time, but if I look closely I will most likely see that any given cross is tailored to a specific defect in my character…this cross to foster humility, that one to foster charity, etc.  They are painful to be sure, but necessary and He will help me with them if I turn to Him sincerely. I should be grateful for this gift. 

I definitely need to work on that aspect of gratitude.

It is easier to remember to be grateful for all the good things God has given me, but even then I sometimes forget. There is sooo much to be thankful for, everything, in fact. If I take the time to give thanks for the many gifts I have received, I will discover that the good outweighs the bad and my circumstances aren’t quite as difficult as I first thought.  I might not be able to handle them on my own, but that’s okay.  By myself I know I can do nothing, but with God I can do everything.

Now, if only I can remember that.  Jesus, my Divine Master, help me to remember that.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Family is the Basis of the Lord's Plan..

St. Charbel Makhlouf

The family is the basis of the Lord’s plan; and all forces of evil are focusing all their evil on destroying the family because they know that by destroying the family, the foundations of the plan of God will be shaken. The war of the Evil One against the Lord is his war against the family, and the war of the Evil One against the family is the core of his war against the Lord. Because the family is the image of God, from the beginning of the creation of this universe, The Evil one is focusing on destroying the family, the foundation of God’s plan. 

Thank you, fellow HFI-er, Randall for sharing this.

Don't Let Me Chicken Out..

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Even Little Actions...

Even little actions are great when they are done well; so that a little action done with desire to please God is more acceptable to Him, and gives Him more glory, than a great work done with less fervor. We must, then, give particular attention to perform well the little works, which are easiest, and are constantly within our reach, if we wish to advance in friendship with God.
                                                            ~St. Francis De Sales

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Be Not Afraid...

“…fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” 

                                                                                 ~Isaiah 41: 10

Thank you, God!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Perform All Actions Well...

Many believe they can do no true penance for their sins except by giving themselves up to corporal austerities. But we know that he does a very good penance for his sins, who takes pains to perform all his actions well, to please the Lord, which is a matter of great perfection and great merit.
                                                                                                                        ~St Francis de Sales

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lectio Divina

As Paulines we should consider reading Sacred Scripture, daily, according the Pauline form of Lectio Divina.  This is a simple, but effective three-step approach:

1)      “Engaging with and understanding Scripture by using our mind (TRUTH)
2)     Applying Scripture to our lives by mobilizing our will and listening to God’s voice that guides us (WAY); and
3)     Opening our heart to the Word, in order to be changed by it (LIFE).”

From a article, Lectio Divina Paulina, written by Zsolt Nagykaldi, HFI in the HFI Concord April-June 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

July 22, 2019 With Blessed Father Alberione

MONDAY JULY 22, 2019
Ex 14: 5-18
Ex 15: 1bc-6
Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Radio is used not only as a fruitful instrument of diffusion, education and civilization, but also and especially to, preach the Divine Word to all people scattered on the surface of the earth. Thus the radio presents a future full of promises for the Catholic apostle (AE, 483).

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR DECEASED: Sr Elisabetta Franchi SGBP (1961)—Sr M Giuseppina Muddolon FSP (1981)—Bro Pietro Gazano SSP (1998)—Govanni Marongiu HFI (2004)—Fr Aridtide Marson SSP (2007)—Paolo Rappa HFI (2007)—Sr M Eugenia Cecchinato FSP (2010)—Bro Elbio Juvenal Rodrigues Dias SSP (2011)—Vita Rotunno IAM (2014)

July 21, 2019 With Blessed Father Alberione

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2019
Gen 18: 1-10
Ps 15: 2-5
Col 1: 24-28
Lk 10: 38-42
Our greatest saints today would use the microphone to launch their message of truth, justice and peace with fervor of spirit and heartfelt exultation. It is impossible not to think of the command of Jesus Christ: “Preach the Gospel to every creature…”

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR DECEASED: Fr Vincenzo Ferraro SSP (1960)—Manuel Martinez Garcia GABRIELITE (1986)-Sr Addolorata Baldi FSP (1999)—Angelo Leandri HFI (2004)—Bro Antonio Donato SSP (2010)—Sr Berenice Verdi FSP (2013)