My family . . . the blessings of my life!

My family . . . the blessings of my life!
Sean, Mackenzie, Pat (hubby), me, Jeneah

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Let Him Tell You Where The Truth Is

Original Article HERE

Col 1:9-14 / Lk 5:1-11

Is there any one of us who couldn’t sympathize with those poor apostles, out all night in the boat, doing their best, and catching nothing, not even a minnow?!

We know the experience well: we think an issue through, we do our homework, we plan carefully and act decisively, and still … nothing. The business still languishes, the spouse is still angry, the child still flunks, and we grow ever more weary.

Jesus intervened when the apostles hit that point of combined weariness and frustration. He said, "Try again, but this time go out to the deep waters." It seemed a stupid idea, but because they sensed that Jesus should be trusted, they did what he asked. And the catch they made was the biggest they’d ever seen.

Perhaps there’s a clue there for us. Perhaps we’ve been "fishing" in the wrong places, where there are no "fish." Or perhaps we’ve been so caught up with our own interests and perceptions of things — OUR OWN AGENDA — that we haven’t seen what’s right in front of us. Perhaps we need a new perspective. Perhaps we need to look at things through God’s eyes, for God sees to the heart of things.

Let God show you what he sees. It’s the ultimate in truth. Then relax in him. Let him guide your hand. He will speak to you in his own silent way. And you will hear him, if you have learned how to listen.

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Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Teresa of Avila
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.