Receiving Mercy Without
Are you a taker and
never a giver? I see this from time to
time with persons who are always ready to take, but can’t find it in their very
being to give or forgive. One we hear
all of the time is “ I will forgive, but I will never forget.” Consider forgiving
and turning the hard part to you over to the Holy Spirit in helping you deal
with the rest. Please consider the
Receiving Mercy Without
In March of 1976, Carlo Gambino, boss of all bosses of the
Mafia, died in New York.
the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the
kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he
said, “if you will kneel down and worship me. (Matt. 4:8)
idea of having power is so enticing that of all the theoretical options to
destroy Christ, Satan chose the promise of ruling the world as his best and
final temptation of Jesus in the desert.
The National Day of Prayer
Super Bowl 50
Okay, not “officially.” Not sanctioned by any denomination
or government decree. But there will still be more prayers hurtled heavenward
today than on any other given Sunday.
Yes, it is Superbowl Sunday — and there are prayers going up
for that favorite team by player, family members, coaches, investment brokers,
and, of course, fans, all over this country. And, like the pizza-hawker “Papa
John’s,” who promised a free pizza to anyone who correctly calls the “head or
tails” coin toss that starts the game, half of the people will have their
Everybody Wants to Be
You have often seen my
request to pray for our clergy, those who have more desire for positions of
power than for the Sweet Holy Spirit of God.
Your prayers are needed daily throughout our churches in the world. Kenneth L. Carder wrote the following:
Everybody wants to be somebody. Since the dawn of history,
human beings have been trying to move up the scale of importance. The clincher
used by the serpent to tempt Adam and Eve was "when you eat of [the tree
of good and evil], your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing
good and evil" (Gen.
“Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, Legend, or Lord?”
Before we read the text for this morning I am going to ask
you to do something a little different. I want you to listen to the reading not
with a heart of faith but with a skeptical mind. If it helps, imagine that you
do not know that Jesus is anything else but a teacher. You are a first century
person who has just been introduced to him. [Read John 6:35, 41-51]
Pretty incredible isn't it? For someone to make such claims.
What if, later today, you were introduced to someone and that someone said,
"Hi, I am the bread that has come down from heaven.
African bishops play a major role, for
first time, at contentious Vatican summit
Updated: October 19, 2015 at 11:18 am
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The morning prayer that starts each
session of a major gathering of Catholic churchmen underway here is an
important chance for the 270 cardinals and bishops from around the world to set
a meditative tone for what are contentious debates about church teachings on
sexuality and family life.
With Pope Francis leading the way, the prelates seated in a
large Vatican lecture hall chant the traditional Latin prayers, pausing near
the end for a brief reflection on the day’s Scripture by one of the bishops at
the meeting, known as a synod.
Born of the Spirit Not the Process
+Archbishop James Salisbury Jr., OSB.
Leonard Sweet has given us an interesting insite concerning
how we go about reaching out for help.
We are ready to send persons through the process in a safe correct
manor. As a former Social Worker working
with the homeless and persons with addiction problems I had all of the many
list to present for help. In so many
cases I was working with clients, who lives out their faith pulling their cross
and crying out to our God.
The readings for this Sunday talk about a very lonely people. The Gospel Reading:
Gospel MK 1:40-45
A lepercame to Jesus and kneeling down
begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning the him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
+Archbishop James Salisbury Jr., OSB
The African Orthodox Church in America
Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine