Thursday, June 30, 2016

Responsorial Psalm 19:8-11 - The Precepts of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R. (10cd) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

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Today's Responsorial Psalm describes the LORD most understandably.  His laws are perfect, and they should be refreshing to your soul. For any decree coming from our Lord is completely trustworthy and understood even by the simplest mind.

The precepts of the Lord should cause a rejoicing in your hearts! For we know that the Lord is good and just and never lies to us. If we  truly concentrate on the Lord throughout our days, we will be enlightened beyond belief. And You will be surprised at what you will see!

Have you even thought about how pure your fear of the Lord is? Is there anyone you know whom you fear where that fear if pure? Only the Lord can offer you the purest of fear, which is altogether differing from earthly fears. Therefore, the ordinances of the Lord are true and all of them just.

The ordinances of the Lord are more precious that a heap of gold! And ooh the sweetness; more so than syrus or honey from the honeycomb. This is the state of Grace in which we all are striving to live.

God is good, and this is Psalm describes the things of the Lord which we need to embrace. By doing so, will will live happier lives, knowing that the Lord is looking over us. Pray for each Grace that you need, and the Lord will bless you.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” 

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Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY



Monday, June 20, 2016

THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE ON JUDGING OTHERS

JUNE 20, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – MONDAY – JUDGING OTHERS

By Editor on Jun 20, 2016 02:00 am
(Matthew 7:1-5) 
Prayer: O Jesus, teach me compassion and forgiveness to improve my relationships with others.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples not to judge.)
Context:
Jesus praised the meek and the peacemakers. In these words, Jesus explains how to fulfill those roles. Not to judge other disciples is meekness and to remove your own faults is to make peace.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).
Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. As you judge, so you will be judged. The measure with which you measure out, will be measured out to you.
Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not see the wooden beam in your own? Why do you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye” when there is a wooden beam in your eye? Hypocrite! Remove the beam in your own eye first and then you can remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
  1. Because this issue is so important, Jesus goes into great detail.
  2. “Brother” means a fellow-believer. Disciples should have a loving relationship with each other.
  3. Judging others destroys compassion and unity.
  4. Seeing the faults of others, blinds the disciple to his own greater failings.
  5. Jesus wants his disciple to stop judging and to start cleansing his own soul.
  6. Once purified, he can purify others.
Affections. (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. O Jesus, how falsely I judge others.
  2. Remove my critical spirit.
  3. Let me excuse the faults of others, not magnify them.
  4. Fill me with your compassion and mercy.
  5. If I do not judge, you will not judge me.
  6. Make me a little child, O Jesus, who sees goodness in every person.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. Look at your relationships. What can you do to improve them?
  2. Seek a child-like spirit that overlooks evil.
Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)
Do not judge, so you will not be judged.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

SO WE DO NOT LOSE HEART


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I have said to friends and family, in jest, that I am not going to grow old gracefully. Suffice to say, when I was 20-something, being in my forties like my parents just didn't click. I could not wrap my brain around the fact that I could be, one day, in my forties, and now I am 60-ish, so you see where this is going?

What we fail to realize is that when you hear "life is short", it's the truth. Life IS short, and as time goes by, the months seem like a week and suddenly, it is Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Where does all of this time go?

It is true that many people are not Christians, and they are not nourishing their inner being in preparation for the end of their existence. But the light inner affliction, we know, is to not look at the world or for material things, it is to look to the unseen and be nourished every day by embracing the Flaming Heart of Love of Jesus Christ. 

With God, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit (or The Holy Trinity), we have all that we need because they/He always sees that we have what we need, not necessarily what we want. I loved the following from Anthony Mullens' post below: "Divide your day into three parts, In the morning as soon as you awaken, give yourself to the Father Creator, who offers you His Son as your food. After Mass, give yourself to the Son, who is in you. And fall asleep in the Holy Spirit, who is Love."  

I believe the "momentary affliction" is our lives on earth. Have you heard someone say that a thousand years on earth is only a day in heaven? We won't know unless we get there.  And to get there, we must live happily with Him in our lives, all day and night, every day and night. Jesus and The Holy Spirit are in us if we have called them to ourselves, and in some cases, even if we have not called him. Have you ever had a near-disaster and said "thank you Jesus" when you or someone you love goes unharmed after what could have been a horrible thing that happen? That is Jesus protecting you. The Holy Spirit's job is to guide you. If you are listening to your heart, that is from where The Holy Spirit is speaking to you. You get this gnawing feeling that maybe I should or should not "this" or "that". That is The Holy Spirit trying to guide you.

I have a saying that I often use "if you have to ask yourself 'should I', the answer is always NO!" When I learned to do this, I learned to keep my mouth shut and my ears open. I'm laughing at telling you this, but it's true. I use it when I'm contemplating buying something and I think "do I really need it?" and the answer is always "NO!"  It could be one of any number of things you will ask yourself silently, and just stop and remember that if you have to ask, the answer is always no. 

I believe that is The Holy Spirit's way of guiding us away from things that we don't need or things that could possibly be harmful, etc.

So as you go through your momentary affliction of living your daily life, remember what you are truly working for. That is, your eternal life after death. Teach your children well, and honor thy father and thy mother, as well as your wife/husband.  We must live our lives certainly seeing many thousands of things, but its the things that are NOT seen that are of utmost importance. And that sometimes requires great Faith and prayer. You have to be willing to be still and listen for what God or Jesus answers. Sometimes it is right away, and other times, it takes a while. Be patient! Heaven is in control and always will be.

Heaven is not going anywhere. Where are you going? Remember:The things that are unseen are ETERNAL!

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

I wanted to share this with you as I expect it to be an exciting series on the book "He and I". I am certain everyone who follows this series will be enriched by the Graces of God.

Many blessings,
ABBEY
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The Intimate Daily Life of Divine Love with Jesus Through Mary

by Anthony Mullen

The Intimate Daily Life of Divine Love with Jesus Through Mary

We will begin a new series from the Masterpiece entitled “He and I” given by our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis with Imprimatur from Archbishop Jean-Marie Fortier, former Archbishop of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. I have often commented that I believe this is the greatest practical book in the history of the Church on what a moment by moment relationship of love with the Trinity is…what this relationship actually entails each moment of each day. It is a simple, but incredibly detailed, daily blueprint of exactly what the Lord desires and expects of each one of us called to love Him as we should. In addition, this Masterpiece doubles as an outstanding meditation treatise and with the Gospels provides all one needs if one is so inspired.
One way to think about this extraordinary Gift from God is this: it is a combination of the “Story of a Soul”, the “Practice of the Presence of God” and “Self Abandonment to Divine Providence” in one Book, but made so simple that one could not help but absorb it. In addition, it is an outstanding example of how to live the Flame of Love Grace each day. How can one avoid or ignore what is, in essence, a Divine Love Letter written by our Lord Himself to all His little ones (always with complete docility and obedience to Holy, Mother Church with whom is the final say on whether God Himself wrote the lines).
There are several overarching themes in “He and I” and two that have always struck me are the need God has chosen for Himself, in His infinite condescension, for us to be living Heaven on earth now by treating Him as if He were a loving member of our family, but with the respect due Him as our Lord and Creator. The second one is His desire to see us smile at Him in our soul and at Him in others constantly throughout the day and to engage in a loving, ongoing conversation throughout the day with Him as if He were actually with us…because He is when we are in a state of Grace! Our Lord also gave very detailed instructions on the spiritual life, which are exceptionally helpful to all the little ones seeking to imitate our dear model of littleness, St. Therese of Lisieux and our model of reparation, Elizabeth Kindelmann. Here is one example of how to go about your day:
“Divide your day into three parts. In the morning, as soon as you awaken, give yourself to the Father Creator, who offers you His Son as your food. After Mass, give yourself to the Son, who is in you. And fall asleep in the Holy Spirit, who is Love.”
“…I asked you to wake up in the arms of the Father, because each one of your mornings is a new creation. I asked you to fall asleep in the Holy Spirit, because your last conscious breath should be in Love.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

JOHN 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. 
If a man remains in Me and I in him, 
he will bear much fruit: 
apart from Me you can do nothing
John 15-5

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I was rather amazed when I received this scripture this morning. Before I had read it, I had been outside drinking my coffee at 5:30am listening to God's world awakening. I could hear the little and bigger birds singing in the distance and I was waiting for them to sing in the trees beyond and next door to my house. I began to whistle, and don't you know that they were answering me?

Jesus IS the vine, and there are so many branches that sometimes things get too close or too tangled.  Branches from other trees overlap ours, and this is usually our family and our friends.  If you remain in Jesus, you will be able to share Him with the other branches of your life. You are continuing a cycle that began over 2,000 years ago!

However, if not for Jesus' suffering and dying for all sin, we would not even care about our family or have any friends. What a lonely and desolate existence we would be living.

But, you know, there are more and more people who are living without Christ, or God, in their lives. I was thinking as I was drinking my coffee how different life is from one place to another. When I lived in Los Angeles in my 20's, you were hard pressed to find a church. They are not on "every corner" like they are here. I thought about those people who have no faith, and I just shook my head and said to Jesus, "Lord, I pray that these people find you before its too late."  I had just said the Rosary, so I was in a very spiritual place.

The birds came to the feeders and I was singing hymns quietly and I began to smile at these little creatures getting their breakfast, and I just have to mumble to myself how great God is! It is things like this that bring joy into one's heart.

Yes, I will remain in Jesus and he is definitely in me. That is how it will always be. Not just here on earth, but when we pass away on to God's Kingdom.  Once Jesus made a home in me, I knew that neither of us would ever leave the other.  I say, "not my will, Lord, but yours!" And that is very comforting because I KNOW he will never forsake me. People in this world will disappoint and hurt, but you are never alone. Jesus is waiting for you to talk to him, to give him your heart, your problems, and to love him for all time.

I can feel that Jesus is near. Do not wait to bring him into your life. The difference between Jesus living in us and not living in us is something that will come to pass and it will be horrid! I want to be in that number that Jesus takes first!


HALLELUJAH, PRAISE GOD!
ABBEY

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Together in Your Grace


O God, our hope,
There is someone in transitWith destruction behind, and the unknown aheadWith thieves all around.May I walk beside this one in prayer.And may we walk together in your grace.
There is a child with neither mother nor father,
Threatened by disease, exploitation, and neglect.
May I walk beside this one in prayer,
And may we walk together in your grace.
There is a farmer walking in his dry fields
Looking up at the sky,
Wondering when the rain will return.
May I walk beside this one in prayer,
And may we walk together in your grace.
Lord, we ask protection for the vulnerable:
Those who are ill, those who are taken advantage of,
The mothers and fathers who cannot feed their children,
The ones who have lost their way.
These, your beloved sons and daughters,
Do not let them become as strangers to me.
Turn my heart
That I may walk beside them in prayer.
Guide my path
That I may walk beside them in deed.
And find among them a sister or a brother.
And let us walk together,
Together in your grace.
Amen

Monday, June 13, 2016

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT, VERSE & SMILE (It's a Goody!)


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is.
Oswald Chambers

This Day's Verse
“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”
Isaiah 48:22
The Revised Standard Version

This Day's Smile
The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker.
Bill Bright


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

JOHN 14:2-4

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
John 14:2-4
The New King James Version


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Isn't this one of the most wonderful quotes of Jesus Christ? It brings elation to my heart and soul, a feeling that I am not afraid to die because immediately, I will be with Jesus and see the beautiful place that He has prepared for me to live eternally. Not to forget that I will get to meet our Father in heaven!

I can imagine that in heaven, all earthly thing pass away; however, all things will be made clear as well.  Why did I go through this; what lessons should I have learned from my mistakes; why without strong faith, I would not be there!

Jesus will be perfect, Mama will be perfect, God will be gloriously perfect, and all my loved ones who have passed before me will be there to greet me! I can imagine the word flowing from one to the other: "Abbey's coming; we have to greet her and welcome her into our Father's Kingdom!"

Jesus comes again and again to receive his flock, one by one as they die away to this world and He leads them up the giant stairs to the gates of Heaven, where he opens them and a whole new existence becomes reality. All bad things fall away. All worries dissipate and are replace by divine Joy and Love.

There are so many in my family who have passed away and I think of them and what it will be like to see them again, and to live with them for all eternity!

"I will come again to receive you to myself": Jesus will be the one to greet our soul immediately following our death.

"that where I am, you may also be": Jesus is speaking of Heaven.

"And where I go you know, and the way you know.”: Remember "I am the way, the truth and the light .... No one shall enter the gates of heaven except through Me" (sic).

For me, this scripture brings beautiful, eternal hope. And where are we without our hope? So very many in this world are suffering and they have not hope, or else their hope has been damaged. We need to pray for them and their suffering, pray that Jesus and the Father will go with them and show them the Hope that they need.  Especially in the world in these times, I can only imagine the horrors that some are facing and trying to escape and protect their families, especially the little ones.

I ask you today to please, please, remember these people in your prayers, as well as the drug addicts, alcoholics, the abused and the abusers, the thieves and the murderers.  All of these people need our prayers, that they will recognize and see Jesus in their lives. For he is with them also! Jesus is with us all. We are walking with him; we are at "his right hand". So pray, pray, pray unceasingly for your life, the lives I mentioned above and for the travesties happening around the world.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Monday, June 06, 2016

THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE: FIRST FOUR BEATITUDES


JUNE 6, 2016 – WEEK TEN – MONDAY – THE FIRST FOUR BEATITUDES

By Editor on Jun 06, 2016 02:00 am
(Matthew 5:3-6)
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Form my heart according to Jesus’ teaching.
Imagination:   (Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.)
Context:
Jesus calls various groups “blessed”. However, anyone can choose to belong to these groups. A person can be poor in spirit, meek, mourning over the world’s sins, and hungering for justice. So, the door is open to everyone. In all four situations, the person is promised heaven (under different figures of speech).
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Seeing the crowd, Jesus went up the mountain. When he sat down, his disciples came to him and he taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice.
They shall have their fill.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
  1. When Jesus speaks to the crowds, he invites them into the Kingdom.       Here, he speaks to disciples who are already members of his Kingdom.
  2. Because their hearts are set upon the Kingdom, they can understand Jesus’ teaching.
  3. A person is “Blessed” by being a member of the Kingdom.
  4. A person becomes a member by a personal decision to be poor in spirit, to mourn for the Kingdom, to be merciful, and to hunger for justice.
  5. If they persevere in these dispositions, they will receive the full reward of blessedness, an eternal kingdom.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. O Jesus, you invite me into your Kingdom.
  2. O Lord, I accept your offer.
  3. Reveal to me the Kingdom’s secrets, so I can embrace them.
  4. O Jesus, if I persevere in my decision, I will be blessed eternally.
  5. Right now, I give you my heart, my choices, and all my decisions.
  6. O Spirit of Jesus, form me. Form me in poverty of spirit, meekness, sorrow for the Kingdom and mercy for all.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. I will allow these teachings to form my thinking.
  2. I will rejoice that Jesus calls me “Blessed.”
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
The disciples came to Jesus and he taught them.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

THE STORM: A TIME OF MERCY, CHOICES AND HOPE

I am definitely going to read this book by my friend, James A. Toups. It comes at a very crucial time for the world and for all Christians.

ABBEY


THE STORM: A TIME OF MERCY, CHOICES AND HOPE

By ​James A. Toups

As found on FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC nationwide and Eyewitness News among others, as well as Bloomberg, Boston Globe, Erie News Now, Star Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald, Denver Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Star Telegram, International Business Times, The News and Observer, Contra Costa Times, Daily Herald, LA Daily News, Salt Lake City Tribune/Deseret News, Lexington Herald Leader., Wall Street Analyst, and The Deming Headlight of USA Today.

- Business thought leader James Toups has penned a fast-moving account of growing up in love and Louisiana. This coming of age speaks to the trials that all young men will remember - and the Biblical solutions. Toups reminds us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and the protection and accountability that is community. The plot is of loss and near loss and recovery governed by Faith on this side of eternity, in the Hope that is to come. The story of hurricanes and avoiding Hell and high water will help and encourage any reader of any Faith Tradition -Jack Yoest, M.B.A., Clinical Professor of Management, The Catholic University of America.

- Toups offers a moving account of love and mercy amid the storms and stresses of life . . . There is plenty of light and shadow in this work . . . a book full of sentiment and moral conviction, but not sentimental or moralistic. Relevant Biblical quotations are weaved within the narrative, reinforcing a sense of personal salvation-history, and the simple words God is Good continually serve as a touchstone. Toups shows the importance of loving Christian witness within the family and an increasingly anti-Christian society, reciting the poetry of divine providence in ordinary lives. Reading this one senses the truth of this book's final words: "God is good, all of the time" - Christopher Villiers, award-winning British Catholic theologian and author of Sonnets From the Spirit.

- Poignant, moving at times to the point of tears, James Toups has provided a rare book of lived wisdom so necessary for the people who feel so lost in today's relativistic age. He has written an inspiring and inspired narrative of strong women and strong men unafraid to hold hope, through their faith in God, and do whatever it takes to raise their children to become adults with solid principles and virtue ethics, despite the successes and intergenerational losses and tragedies in their lives. Commencing with the love of women ready to die, if necessary, so that their children can be born and live; through the conflict of interracial tensions in the American South, the allure but emptiness of the fast life, the harrowing pain of stillbirth, the pure witness of refugees from the former Soviet Union and Vietnam, and living through personal, relational, and natural storms, including the deadly hurricane Katrina of which Toups and his family were evacuees, the author has beautifully illustrated how hope, held onto by prayer from the heart and watered by the grace of faith, manages without fail to effectively resolve any kind of situation, interior or exterior, no matter how painful or overwhelming things may be - Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, author of Deification of Man in Christianity.

- A truly honest book, which is rare . . . especially recommend the book for adolescent boys on the verge of manhood. James's open heart and narrative, the likes of which many Christians keep for prayer and growth, would lead boys into the new world of love, sacrifice, and responsibility -Marie Ann Dean, author of The Jeweler's Polish, teacher, poet, and Catholic homeschooler.

The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope is a book of 22 stories of faith, intergenerational love, life struggles and storms, from the moment he was born in the Deep South of the United States of America, then as a son, husband, father, and grandfather in Louisiana; needed choices, personal and familial sacrifices, loss, grief, prayer, hope, peace, and joy, in the life of successful Catholic entrepreneur James A. Toups. Written by a man unafraid to express his true feelings, who has witnessed poverty and known suffering first-hand, and is an evacuee of the deadly Hurricane Katrina, the deep narratives found herein provide readers with a rare kind of insight and lived wisdom in how to survive and thrive in the face of whatever storms may come one's way, including but not limited to the major societal storm that is arising at present in the world and escalating with rapidity both in and across nations. The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope will resonate with the young and the old alike, male and female, across cultures, by illustrating for readers a personal process through which hope can be retained no matter the arising situation or condition, without falling into the depths of human despair and more.

THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS

Too many people think religion consists
in what they do for God–
those poor, puny, pitiful things
they sometimes manage to do for Him.
Consequently, they find all of religion
poor, puny and pitiful
and they trudge along joylessly…
But religion consists
in what God does for us–
those great, stupendous things
He dreams up for us.
~Louis Evely

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" .... they trudge along joylessly ...". Where is our joy?

When we go through life, and has happened to everyone, something slaps us down and it is so great that we sometimes lose our joy. How can we find our joy again? We can begin with today's Gospel:
Mark 12:28-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,with all your soul, with all your mind, 
and with all your strength.The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.And to love him with all your heart,with all your understanding,with all your strength,and to love your neighbor as yourselfis worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Life has dealt me many, many hurtful things and people. Before I knew our Lord, I only knew to go with my feelings which was to cry, cry, cry over what and whom had hurt me. Eventually, time does take care of things and I would improve in my mood, but I could not let go of the hurt and the individual(s) involved. Consequently, I've lived without Joy, and I've filled enough garbage cans with my sadness to supply my entire city!

I had no real joy. Oh, I thought that I was happy, but deep down, the hurt from the past kept me pushed down.

When I accepted Jesus and the Father and Holy Spirit into my life, it was a slow process. I said to myself, "okay, I'll try this and see what happens." This was full of skepticism, and Jesus knew it. He knew he had a lot of work to do with me. But I woke up one day and realized "He has always been with me; it is I who did not realize it." How can Jesus love a sinner so much? It puzzled me. But all it took was the memory of some very dangerous things that I faced from which, I knew, He had saved me from myself. I realized he had been with me all along.

I am a Catholic convert and I've heard, "oh, they're the worst" about preaching their newfound faith. Well, so what? Are we not to spread the good news of the Lord everywhere we go?

I am secure that I have embraced (tightly) the first commandment. I love the Lord God above everything! But it took some time to "love my neighbor" as I love myself. After years of nurturing my faith, this commandment became second nature. I often say "Just BE NICE!" It is difficult to tolerate those who are misguided and angry. I see that they have lost their Joy. It doesn't take much for you to just be nice and say happy things to them, like "have a blessed day" or "God bless you". Yes, I've seen the gamut of expressions that run over someone's face when they face such a happy person. Some (but very few) are rendered speechless. But many, more than I ever dreamed, respond in kind and my heart soars. I immediately love them!

We are all creations of God, and when we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, we are loving what God hath created. To not follow this commandment is to, figuratively, slap God's hand. If we are loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, we are also keeping the First Commandment! Do you see what I mean?

I am not perfect, and I am a sinner. But I know that Jesus is big on second chances, and thirds, and more - however many it takes. He is always forgiving toward a contrite heart. He is not going to abandon you because you belong to him first, and he will shepherd all of his flock and take them to heaven to live with him for all eternity.

God HAS done miraculous things for me, and I can only speak for myself. But through these things and with time, I finally reached the higher ground where there is constant love that I know will never leave me. What Grace!!
O My Jesus, I consecrate myself to you, heart, mind, body and soul. Please help create a docile spirit in me to follow your commands. When you come into my heart, the whole world comes with you. You have loved completely, even unto your death on the cross. I offer you my heart, Jesus, for you ARE LOVE, and I choose you as the bridegroom of my soul.
Set aside time for God today. And love your neighbor in thought, word and deed!

Lovingly in Christ,
ABBEY