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Renew In Me This Day- Prayer!

Renew me this day, Father of life, to constantly work for your kingdom on earth.  Renew me this day, O Holy Spirit, the missionary call given by Christ himself, for me to be an apostle in this world.  Renew me this day with freshness and joy, Father of us all, to be able to love those whom are the hardest to love. Let the love I show others be my love for you exemplified.  Renew in me this day, the call to be a witness to Jesus Christ in every situation I find myself in. May I never shy away from those opportunities to proclaim Christ. Renew in me this day the desire for God, when I tempted. Renew in me the strong love for Jesus Christ, your Son O God, and let me never be separated from you.  Renew in me this day, Lord, the devotion to you in the Most Holy Eucharist, and to Mary our mother. May I never fall away from your pretense on earth and from our mother, the perfect example of faith in you.  Renew in me this day, Father of love, a heart of adoration and prayer, to be able to adore you…

A Global Church

In the early beginnings of the church the early Christian communities, defined by those whom Jesus, Peter and Paul had preached to, were faced with the challenge of allowing gentiles, that is non-Jews, into the faith. We begin to hear this challenge tackled in the Acts of the Apostles chapter 15 at the Council of Jerusalem and then more throughout St Pauls letters. The  writer of Gospel of Matthew also tackles this challenge throughout his gospel.  Writing to a Jewish-Christian community, Matthew incorporates elements of what is being experienced present into and highlights those moments from the life Jesus. Matthew would be experiencing the challenge of inclusion of non-jews into the primary Jewish faith of Christianity and the destruction of the temple by the Romans,while he was writing his Gospel. So these common themes or foreshadows will appear more so in his Gospel.

   We see time and time again, that Jesus was not limited to the Jews, nor were the apostles at Pentecost. Je…

Jesus Prayer

Jesus Christ,  Son of the living Father, Have mercy on me, for I am a sinner. 

AMEN


Center

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well
Matthew 6:33
Immediately preceding this phrase, Jesus had just taught about not worrying. He is teaching from the mountain, and he begins to teach about how we must not worry about our material needs. He points out how the flowers of the fields and the birds of the air are all looked after accordingly, so how much more God will look after us. So Jesus, preaching the sermon on the mount, preaches for us not to worry about our material things. 
    This beautiful phrase right at the end of the fascinating and relatable teaching often gets over looked by the reader and preachers. Yet this one phrase summarizes the entire point of the passage and the goal of the Christian life; that Christ should be at the center of our lives then everything else will fall into place. 
So often our society preaches empty messages that, although are alluring, do not hold up when tested. Society loves to teach  'l…

Listen To Him! - The Transfiguration

This weekend, is a rare weekend that we get to celebrate during the Sunday liturgies of Ordinary Time. We celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Typically, this feast always lands on August 6th and this year it landed on a Sunday. The church has a hierarchy of  which masses is to be said on which days in the case that multiple feasts, or celebrations land on the same day. For instance today, we have the 18th Sunday Of Ordinary Time and The transfiguration. However, since this feast is a feast of the Lord, it takes precedence  over the Sunday of Ordinary time. So, we are treated with the readings and celebration of the transfiguration
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     As my airplane was coming in to land in El Salvador a couple years ago, I looked out my plane window and saw a large mountain right in the center of the country. The peak was just barely above the clouds and it broke through the clouds surrounding it. For the first time in my life, as I looked out that window, I saw a mount…

Breathe In Me..

O breathe on me, O breath of God,
Fill me with life anew That I may love the things you love, And do what you would do.


O breathe on me, O breath of God, Until my heart is pure; Until my will is one with yours, To do and to endure.


O breathe on me, O breath of God, My will to yours incline, Until this earthly part of me Glows with your fire divine.


O breathe on me, O breath of God, So shall I never die, But live with you the perfect life Of your eternity.

Amen
* Prayer written by Edwin Hatch in 19th century.