For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” (Romans 8: 14-15)
(Taken from the USCCB website) How can we show others the mercy of God? We say that God is compassionate, but we ignore the poor. We say that God loves us and has mercy on us, but we hold grudges against our friends. Our actions need to authentically reflect God’s mercy. To explore the different ways that you can live out that mercy every day go to: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/index.cfm
What exactly is the Octave of Christmas? It is the first eight days of the Christmas Season which begins on Christmas Day and ends on the Baptism of the Lord which falls on January 10th this year. To learn more about the Octave of Christmas go to the Catholic Connection and read the article by Fr. Matthew Long. http://www.thecatholicconnection.org/?p=2180
Do you know someone who has left the Catholic faith? Maybe a child or spouse who has stopped attending Mass? Do you have questions that you don’t know how to answer? Go to http://www.catholicscomehome.org/ for answers and good videos. Or send this link to that loved one that you want to invite back.
Do you ever find it hard to pray? For some practical advice read the article found in the publication The Word Among Us. Go to: http://wau.org/resources/article/re_prayer_our_lifeline_to_god/
We are now two weeks into Lent. Is your Lenten Journey bringing you closer to Christ? Are you ready to become the person God created you to be? To read Pope Francis’ Lenten message go to…http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20141004_messaggio-quaresima2015.html
Try a Three Minute Retreat. It’s easy, just go to: http://www.loyolapress.com/
Countdown to Thanksgiving….What are you thankful for? What do you take for granted? Breathing on your own? Having the eyesight to see this message? The fact that your heart beats without you thinking about it? God has blessed us in so many ways. Take a moment or two and be mindful of the “little” things we take for granted and should be thankful for.