How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 3/26/17

Good Morning Friends ~

We will be learning about the 6th Beatitude today

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Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Moses (Exodus 33:20), John 1:18, and Paul (I Timothy 6:16) all say that no one can see God here on earth! But Jesus says the pure of heart shall see God! To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions and self-seeking desires. What a beautiful goal! How many times have any of us performed an act perfectly free of any personal gain? Such an act is pure love. An act of pure and selfless giving brings happiness to all.

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What is total commitment ~

Commitment means to Love God with our Whole Being

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Which brings me to Mother Teresa

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This is what I love about Mother Teresa ~ to be faithful in the small things because this is where your strength lies.

So simple and true.

If we take each step of our lives this way it truly becomes easier to love one another.

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Beautiful Saint.

Have a wonderful & peaceful Sunday.

Until next time.

Much love,

Rose

 

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 3/12/17

Good Morning Friends ~

Today we will begin to know more about the 5th Beatitude which is ~

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

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A Story of Love

‘The Good Samaritan’ is an example of the fifth beatitude. A man was robbed and attacked on a road, with serious injuries afterwards. Many men passed him on the road; they heard his cries for help. But they ignored him.
A Samaritan man was walking along the road and heard the man. He rushed over to him and helped him, taking him to a shelter and nursing him back to health.
He showed mercy to the poor man, and in return, he received mercy.

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Mercy is the loving disposition towards those who suffer distress. Love, compassion, and forgiveness towards one’s neighbor will bring peace in your relationships. We say in the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. As we are merciful to others, so our Heavenly Father will be merciful with us! Jesus reminds us that whatever “you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me (Matthew 25:31-46).” St. Paul calls for the obedience of faith in the beginning and end of his Letter to the Romans (1:5, 16:25-27). The following are ways to be merciful to your neighbor as well as to be obedient in faith to Christ our Savior.

A definition of the Corporal & Spiritual works of Mercy ~ 

  1. “Corporal works of mercy” which concern the material needs of others.
  2. “Spiritual works of mercy” which concern the spiritual needs of others.

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy
1 Feed the Hungry
2 Give drink to the thirsty
3 Clothe the naked
4 Shelter the homeless
5 Comfort the imprisoned
6 Visit the sick
7 Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
1 Admonish sinners
2 Instruct the uninformed
3 Counsel the doubtful
4 Comfort the sorrowful
5 Be patient with those in error
6 Forgive offenses
7 Pray for the living and the dead 
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I know that Mother Teresa practiced both Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy.

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Just a sweet little 5th Beatitude picture ~

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Have a wonderful Sunday.

Until next week

Much love,

Rose

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Reflection 2/26/17

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Hello Friends ~

Today we will look at the 4th Beatitude which is ~

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

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So one way to distinguish between being righteous and being holy is to say that we are righteous, and are becoming holy. We are righteous through faith in Christ, and we are becoming holy as we grow in faith in Christ. We have been declared righteous because of something that happened outside us: Christ died for our sins. This is God’s work for us. We are not contributing anything to that. We just receive God’s blessing of righteousness when we believe. We are becoming holy because something is happening in us: we are becoming more and more like Christ. This is the work of God in us. It is still God’s work, but we are fully involved, we are living it out.

We may thirst for things to be made right, for those who hate us not to hate us, for those we dislike to grow on us, for reconciliation, for the end of poverty and greed, for the end of division and grief. We may thirst to no longer feel compelled to compare ourselves with others, which fosters the death of both pride and shame, the dissolution of fear and the resolution of all conflict.

 

Jesus says on the Sermon on the Mount, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,” and it is this righteousness, the justice of God revealed in the person of Christ himself, to which he refers. It is a righteousness that not only reveals God to be just, but which justifies those who are in Christ, gradually makes them righteous, and the goodness and peace and justice of God spreads throughout the world, like a mustard seed that grows into a great tree. Being made righteous according to Paul in his epistle to the Romans is therefore the fruit of conversion, a real and living change in one’s heart and behaviors that results in being united to Christ — being in Christ — 
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And one more picture of our sweet Mother Teresa ~
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She sure did love the little babies.
Have the perfect Sunday ~
Much love,
Rose
How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 2/19/17

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Happy Sunday Friends ~

The third beatitude

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

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THE MEEK are those who are gentle, humble, and unassuming, simple in faith and patient in the face of every affront. Imbued with the precepts of the gospel, they imitate the meekness of the Lord, who says, “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”

TO SEE what meekness is, you must look not at meekness but at Christ. Saying meekness is this or that sends you to concepts which are pale copies of reality. Saying “Jesus is meek” sends you to the living reality of it.

IF IT IS the meek, the helpless, the disabled, who will inherit the earth, this is perhaps because the earth, God’s earth, the real earth, can be had on no other terms. It is a gift.

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THE LAND is always inherited; it is not taken. It is not ours to take, but God’s to give. Thus we have no absolute right to it. Our “inheritance” of any land ultimately demands fidelity to God’s vision for the household, how we are to live in the land.

THERE IS radiant meekness in Mary’s response to the archangel Gabriel: “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me just as you have said” (Luke 1:38). … In all its meekness, no other act in human history has had such significance. Through Mary, our Creator became one with us in the flesh.

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GENTLENESS, to be sure, is a fruit of meekness. But the main point about the meek is not their gentleness but their quiet faith and trust in God.
The meek turn again and again to God for help, for direction, and for the sheer joy of it.

Which brings me to my new favorite saint ~ Mother Teresa

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She is perfect in my eyes.

Love you Mother Teresa ~

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 2/12/17

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Good Morning Dear Friends ~

I am sending this out today, because I will be visiting with my sister over the weekend.

We will now take a look at the 2nd Beatitude ~

Blessed are they who mourn, 

for they shall be comforted.

Although we often associate mourning with death, the scope of this verse goes beyond finding comfort in times of loss. This second beatitude clarifies what it looks like to be poor in spirit. Jesus tells us that those who are grieved by their sin are blessed. Those who feel inadequate and empty in their faults and failures, who are driven to the grace of God, will be comforted.

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If we are humble and appreciate that all of our gifts and blessings come from God, we grow in love and gratitude for Jesus Christ our Savior. But this can only produce mourning and regret over our own sins and the sins of this world, for we have hurt the one who has been so good to us. One also mourns for the suffering of others.

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This is my prayer to see the good in everyone.

And now my new favorite saint ~ Mother Teresa

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Enjoy your Sunday.

Much love,

Rose


How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 2/5

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Good Morning Friends ~

Today we talk about the first Beatitude ~~~

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What does this mean ~

“Poor in spirit” means to be humble. Humility is the realization that all your gifts and blessings come from the grace of God. To have poverty of spirit means to be completely empty and open to the Word of God. When we are an empty cup and devoid of pride, we are humble. Humility brings an openness and an inner peace, allowing one to do the will of God. He who humbles himself is able to accept our frail nature, to repent, and to allow the grace of God to lead us to conversion.

It is pride, the opposite of humility, that brings misery. For pride brings anger and the seeking of revenge, especially when one is offended. If every man were humble and poor in spirit, there would be no war!

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I have been coming across a few of Mother Theresa’s quotes and here is one on “The poor in Spirit”

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How powerful is this !!!!  I LOVE HER. ~

And now just a sweet little picture I found to make you smile.

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Until next week.

Much love,

Rose

 

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 1/29/17

 

Jesus Preaching the Sermon on the Mount
Gustave Dore

Good Morning Dear Friends ~


“Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good,
from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.
Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us
if it is compared with its opposite.
Now the opposite of beatitude is misery.
Misery means being afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.”
 

I would like to talk with you for the next 8 weeks about the 8 Beatitudes.

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
While the Beatitudes of Jesus provide a way of life that promises salvation, they also provide peace in the midst of our trials and tribulations on this earth.

How appropriate for this time in our lives.

I wish you a beautiful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 12/18/16

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Good Morning dear Friends ~

The word for the 4th week of Advent is LOVE ~

I hope we come together as one nation and love one another no matter what race or gender we are.  This is what Jesus is trying to teach us.

 

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Every year, Christians all over the world commemorate and reflect on our salvation story, the story of this baby boy who was born in a manger and grew as a man like anyone of us. God becoming man and chose to be born poor and simple. And this boy grew in grace and was the anointed, the messiah, the savior of the world. Christmas is an Emmanuel event, a celebration of God being with us.

What shall we do to welcome and receive Jesus again and again in our hearts? How do we celebrate the true meaning and essence of Christmas in today’s context? What is the message of Christmas in our life as a nation today? More and more, we become unconcern, indifferent and numb to the issues of the world and in our very own country. There is a prevalent fear among or people fear for their lives.

The culture of death and culture of impunity is creeping in our national system and with many people seemingly unaffected or indifferent by this reality. If Christmas is God becoming man, it means God is sharing life with us. Jesus was sent so that we will have life to its fullest. Let us therefore live life and enjoy life, and not to destroy life or end life. Let us reflect on the core message of Christmas and see the daily events in the light of grace, in the optic of unwavering love of God to us.

In these situations where there is too much pain and trauma by the hatred, violence, and injustice that we experience everyday, all the more Christians are reminded to hold on our faith and cling to hope. The birth of Jesus overcomes pain and loneliness. The birth of Jesus shows us the way to God. The birth of Jesus is the good news for the Christian world. We can start with our loving response to God’s invitation to follow Him and to do what is good and right especially in this hour of test and chaos.

Let us celebrate the love of God in our Lord Jesus Christ who has come to be with us always. May the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph inspire us always as we face the various challenges of our faith today affecting our families and communities. May our ongoing Advent preparation continue to be joyful!

As I read this today I am reminded of why Jesus was born  into our world ~ Jesus was walking the earth to teach us how to love one another, and be kind to ALL ~

I try very hard to understand why we as Americans can look the other way when others are hurting.  Please lets all be like Jesus and love one another throughout the entire year – not just at Christmas time.

Prayer for the 4th candle lighting ~
Almighty and Loving God thank you for loving us. Thank you for the.wonderful gift of salvation when you sent your only begotten Son—Jesus who became our brother, friend and savior.

May we be worthy of that love and we share that your very love with others, especially those who are unloved and deprived of your love. May this Advent season usher us to Christmas and be reminded to hare the love of God to one another through our generous sharing of life and hope

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 11/20/16

Good Morning Friends ~

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Today we talk about Self-Control ~ the last fruit of the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean ~

The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

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The last characteristic listed in Galatians 5:22-23 as a fruit of the Spirit is self-control. The fruit of the Spirit is the change in our character that comes about because of the Holy Spirit’s work in us. We do not become a Christian on our own, and we cannot grow on our own. Philippians 2:13 says that “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Every good thing we do is the fruit of the Spirit’s work in our lives.

Self-control is, of course, the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no”. 

One of the proofs of God’s working in our lives is the ability to control our own thoughts, words, and actions. It’s not that we are naturally weak-willed. But our fallen nature is under the influence of sin. The Bible calls it being a “slave to sin“. One definition of sin is “filling a legitimate need through illegitimate means.” Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we are incapable of knowing and choosing how best to meet our needs. Even if we knew what would be best, such as not smoking, another need, like comfort, would take precedence and enslave us again.

When we are saved by Christ’s sacrifice, we are free (Galatians 5:1). That liberty includes, among other things, freedom from sin. “Our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6). Now, as the Spirit gives us self-control, we can refuse sin.

Self-control naturally leads to perseverance (2 Peter 1:6) as we value the long-term good instead of the instant gratification of the world. Self-control is a gift that frees us. It frees us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy body. It frees us to rest in the security of good stewardship. It frees us from a guilty conscience. Self-control restricts the indulgence of our foolish desires, and we find the liberty to love and live as we were meant to.

I’m not sure about you, but this is the hardest fruit for me.

I try very hard to say NO, you do not need this, but I become weak and give into my desires.

I think if we really want the spirit in our lives, we must practice self-control.

This is one I will try to accomplish .  It will not be easy, but I am willing to give it a try.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday & a Happy Thanksgiving.

Much love,

Rose

 

 

How I became to know the "Holy Spirit"

Sunday Reflection 11/6/16

Happy Sunday Friends ~

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FAITHFULNESS

Today we talk about Faithfulness ~

Faithfulness means being true to your word.

What does being true to your word mean ~

Being true to your word means ~ doing exactly what you said you were going to do.  To keep your promise.

Did you know that dogs are called people’s faithful friends? Dogs become attached to their owners, love them unconditionally, protect them, and help them. Dogs are used to guide the blind because they are reliable, steady, and trustworthy. Dogs can be counted on! We have been learning about the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

 Faithful people can be counted on to do what they say they will do. They don’t change their minds based on what other people think. We can all be faithful people by following what the Bible tells us to do. 

God wants you to be faithful, that is, to do right all the time—even when the people around you don’t agree with you, or even when doing right may get you into trouble.

I know to do the right thing all the time, seems impossible.  I think if we try and do the right things it will become easier ~

Take it one day at a time ~

I hope you have an amazing Sunday.

Much love,

Rose