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Labouring For God

Even though I am still quite young, something great that I have continuously noticed, and thanked God for, is how the unexpected people, normally will have the biggest impact in life.  Be it the kids from the poor town in El Salvador, or the youth minister in High school or the elderly family in Poland, or the man who is a customer at my workplace who is homeless, or the children I teach. In these circumstances, where often my own ideas and my own prejudgments  made it seem as if these would just be some more people I see in my life, when really, they become very personally significant. The people who God had chosen, who I would have never predicted to be someone special or significant, essentially has.

    This really is how God works. He uses and calls the people who we do not think or who we sometimes judge to be unworthy or unimportant. God will use those who we do not expect and teach us many things that are profound and for a particular reason.

    In todays Gospel, we hea…

Focus Prayer

My loving Jesus,       You have planted me in this world, in this time, for your perfect will and reason. Though I may face struggles and hardships, Thank you for the situations you have placed me in to experience and learn from. 
     This world is faced with many distractions Lord, distractions that take me away from you. I am often encouraged and told by society, strangers and even friends to do things contrary to your law, and to break my relationship with you. It is easy Lord, to lose focus on you among these encouragements, and business of my day, I am sorry for the times I have not been focused and mindful of you. 
     Amid all the distractions and stress I face today, help me to stay focused on you. Help me to stay keep always in my focus, never letting your love for me and everyone else leave my thoughts. Strengthen me as I resolve to try to remain more focused on you, for when I do, I know that everything falls into place and that you lead me down the right paths. 
Help me…

Limitless Forgiveness

Growing up I have been given a numerous amount of opinions and life advice from numerous amount of people, especially about forgiveness. Some people have insisted that you should only forgive someone once, for what they have done, others are committed to the two-chance rule. Still others tell me not to forgive if its it highly server, and many say that forgiveness should only come after they have pleaded for it. But one persons advice has always stuck out to me, even as a kid and it was this " Forgive not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

     This weekends Gospel from Matthew 18: 21:35 is an exact continuation from last weekends reading and so Jesus is talking about forgiveness again. This time, Peter approaches Jesus, and after hearing how we are to forgive one another, he asks Jesus the legitimate question: " How often should I forgive my brother or sister if they sin against me? As many as seven times?" Peter of course would have understood the backgr…

Good Shepherd Prayer

Jesus my Shepherd,  You are always good and perfect;  Your love surrounds me,  Your staff guides me,  and Your voice calls me. 
I cannot thank you enjoy  My Shepherd,  for all times you have: protected me, strengthened me,  loved me,  carried me through,  brought me to green pastures,  lead me to flowing waters,  helped me in tough situations,  and blessed me when I needed it the most. 
With my simple and humble heart I thank you fully Lord for being my Good Shepherd. 
Renew in me:  the faith to recognize your voice more in my life,  the understanding to follow your staff,  the wisdom to know your blessing,  the grace to be able to trust you more and more and the joy of hearing your voice. 
For I love you with my entire heart, my eternal and loving Father! 

Radical Forgiveness

Every year I am fortunate enough to teach the first Penance classes at my parish. One of the greatest challenges I face is actually teaching the kids the concept and practice of forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the most fundamental teachings in the church but to teach mere seven-year-olds forgiveness in a way that is truly conceptualized and practiced is a task almost impossible to teach in class. I struggle teaching forgiveness, because the true and heart-felt forgiveness of Christ is a radical forgiveness, and one that is hard to embrace even for the most faithful adult.

     When I was in Poland last year for World Youth Day, during the year of mercy, I heard quite often that "we must be forgiven before we can forgive." Of course this was the call to reconciliation and to turn ourselves back to Christ because only through our own personal conversion are we able to share that mercy and strong embrace from God with others. But forgiveness is first given to us, by Go…

Thinking Like Christ

Last week as I scrolled through my Instagram I came across this very inspirational photo of a couple standing in their flooded home from hurricane Harvey. The couple had a smile on their face and together were holding a framed painting of the bible verse " The Lord stood with me and gave me strength" (2 Timothy 4: 17) and then another photo I saw was a selfie of someone who stood in their flooded home, with a painting on their wall with the verse " The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving" (Psalm 28:7). These photos were inspirational because even among the hell they are facing, they still knew and remembered that God was greater than these problems, and they continuously searched for God among these situations.

    As the liturgical year begins to wind down, we begin to hear passages of Christs passion and eventually of the end of times. It begins  today…