Posts Tagged ‘Verses’

Cardinal Cipriani of Lima used a radio program to call a repentant woman to turn her sorrow over her abortion into actionable penintential work.  CNA reports:

Lima, Peru, Dec 2, 2009 / 11:09 am (CNA).- During a radio program this week, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima invited a woman who repented of having an abortion to become an “apostle of life “and help others who have experienced the same tragedy. During the program, Dialogue of Faith, the cardinal took a call from a woman who underwent an abortion four years ago and later repented and sought God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession.

“God has forgiven you because He is of infinite mercy and kindness, but He also wants to use your suffering and your desire to change,” the cardinal told her. He encouraged her to become an apostle of life and thus help women undergoing similar experiences, in order to help them realize the gravity of abortion.

“Remember the case of Dr. Bernard Nathanson,” he said, “the American abortion doctor who by the help of God and scientific knowledge was touched and discovered the evil of what he had done, and he became an apostle of life throughout the world.”

In and of itself, I think what the Cardinal has done is wonderful:  he is empowering this woman to let go of her shame and sorrow and turn it into a life affirming apostolate.  But more broadly, this Cardinal has unknowingly hit me between the eyes, as a reading of this article has vocational implications for me.  I have kidded to friends that I should go into high schools and share the disastrous results of my own walk away from the faith during my young adulthood.   And here is this cardinal, basically saying to use my desire for change to help others in similar circumstances.  I think I stumbled upon this article at this late hour for a reason.  I have been discerning whether I have a call to youth / young adult ministry.  I’m going to need to pray over this.  I’d ask your prayers, too.  And please lift up a prayer of thanksgiving for the leadership of this Cardinal to his flock, as well as a prayer of healing for the woman as she begins her apostolate of life.

To you I pray, O LORD; at dawn you will hear my cry; at dawn I will plead before you and wait.

Psalms 5:3-4

Cardinal Cipriani invites woman repentant of abortion to become an ‘apostle of life’.


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More down-to-earth scripture reflections from Mark Shea on Catholic Exchange:

November 27th, 2009 by Mark Shea

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Sometimes when we can’t be courageous out of faith, we can still be courageous out of obedience.  The next time you face fear and the urge to back away from what is right, speak to it as you would a tempter and say, “My Lord has commanded me to be strong and of good courage.  Buzz off in the name of Jesus Christ.  I have things I need to get done.”  God will be with you.

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For me, few places surpass the woods for prayer, reflection and contemplation.  There is something about the brisk air, the muffled steps on soft trails, and silent nature–no doubt holding its collective breath until I pass through.  I have been fortunate to be able to get out to hike every week for several months, but today, I tried to talk myself out of going.  I have been fighting a cold and despite the sunshine, I told myself that it was too cold to be trampsing about in the woods.  However, today’s crisp, bright day was an especially perfect day for praying, and I knew that I would be filled with God’s grace if I invited it.  So I heeded to the nudging of the Holy Spirit and got myself out there.  I am so glad that I did!  What a good prayer time I had, two hours of time with our Father, with His Son, with the Holy Spirit and with Mary and all the Saints and Angels.  And…what a glorious Fall day!   With the leaves showing their autumnal hues now, there were several times when I turned the corner on the trail only to stop short and exclaim outloud with “Wow!  Thank you God!”  (I’m clearly no Psalmist.)
Great are the works of the LORD, to be treasured for all their delights.  Majestic and glorious is your work, your wise design endures forever. — Psalms 111:2-3
The woods on a bright, crisp October afternoon

The woods I hiked on this bright, crisp October afternoon


Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness. — Psalm 96:12-13
Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield
Now’s the time when children’s noses
All become as red as roses
And the colour of their faces
Makes me think of orchard places
Where the juicy apples grow,
And tomatoes in a row.

And to-day the hardened sinner
Never could be late for dinner,
But will jump up to the table
Just as soon as he is able,
Ask for three times hot roast mutton–
Oh! the shocking little glutton.

Come then, find your ball and racket,
Pop into your winter jacket,
With the lovely bear-skin lining.
While the sun is brightly shining,
Let us run and play together
And just love the autumn weather.

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I have a daily devotional book that I bought at the local ‘Friends of the Library’ used book sale.  It is called Lamp Unto My Feet–365 Christian Leaders Share the Scriptures That Have Guided Their Lives, by Art Toalston.  Although it can be a bit repetitious, I have it lying around the house and when I have an odd moment or two during a day, I’ll pick it up and read the Scripture and commentary.   (Not surprisingly, not a single Catholic is acknowledged in the book.)  I have found a few gems in there and one of them I just came across.  I have had this book for months now,  and I’m not sure how I missed it previously. 

A few days ago, while flipping through it, something caught my eye.  I actually did a double take.   I was sure that my perusing eyes had seen the name “Donna Rice” and I quickly turned back.  Sure enough:  there IS an entry from a Donna Rice Hughes.  THE Donna Rice.  My copy of this devotional is over a dozen years old, and in all honesty, I had had no idea whatever happened to Donna Rice after the Gary Hart affair.  I actually never cared, having dismissed her at the time as a tart and adulteress.  (So much for Christian charity.)  Turns out that after the scandal, she rediscovered her Christian faith.   She married and has been leading a quiet though impactful life.  For over a decade, she has been involved in fighting pornography and now is protecting kids from the dangers of the Internet

So what Bible verse did Donna Rice have to share with the readers of Lamp Unto My Feet(more…)

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What father among you, if his son asked for a fish, would hand him a snake?”  Luke 11 (cf Matt 7)

A moving essay by Sonja Corbitt on Catholic Exchange whose understanding of God is made more perfect through the grace abounding in her young son. 

Prayer:  God, almighty and eternal, I trust in your Fatherly love and care.  You alone provide the good gifts.  Give me the ‘fishes’ I need to live, and the grace to recognize them.

warning:  have your hankie handy.

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God, I will follow your path.   YOUR path, not mine.  I don’t know where you are leading me but I trust you.  I am not going to fight you anymore.  I want to do what you would have me do.  Make me the person you want me to be.  Though I can’t see it for myself, I do believe that this suffering is purposeful — I believe that ‘all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose’.  I love you God and I’m trying to answer this call, so I trust that the good will work itself out.  Let me see that the sufferings of the present time will be as nothing compared to the glory to come!  Lord, I trust you and I need you and I love you.  Let me obey you.

In your mercy you forgive me all my obstinacy and my hard heart.  Trusting in your mercy, I would ask that if it is Your will that I do this alone, then I ask that you remove the want from me.  Have mercy on me.  If it is not in your will to remove this from my heart, then Your will be done.

Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back again. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!”  Job 1:21

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2009 Liturgical Year B 

First Reading – Deut 4:1-2, 6-8

1 And now, O Israel, hear the commandments and judgments which I teach thee: that doing them, thou mayst live, and entering in mayst possess the land which the Lord the God of your fathers will give you.
2 You shall not add to the word that I speak to you, neither shall you take away from it: keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
6 And you shall observe, and fulfill them in practice. For this is your wisdom, and understanding in the sight of nations, that hearing all these precepts, they may say: Behold a wise and understanding people, a great nation.
7 Neither is there any other nation so great, that hath gods so nigh them, as our God is present to all our petitions.
8 For what other nation is there so renowned that hath ceremonies, and just judgments, and all the law, which I will set forth this day before your eyes?


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