Happy Easter to our Guest House Friends and Family

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Reflection for Holy Week: Do not take any of this for granted.

Reflection for Holy Week:  Do not take any of this for granted.

“I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice; I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind and to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.”     Isaiah 42:6-8

Today we begin our journey with the Lord Jesus to Calvary.  This then is the time we should unite our “cross” with His.  Every one of us has a cross to bear.  There are no exceptions.  And as we bear our cross we can either complain or lessen our burden by placing it with The Lord this week.  We are aware of His outcome—the glorious fulfillment of all prophecies that His cross would result in the freedom of the body and spirit with His resurrection.

We are no different than Jesus.  We can expect as well as He did the suffering, humiliation and trials of bearing our own cross.  Yet we know we too will be set free and overcome, first of all the death of our sins and, second, of our own ultimate resurrection with Him for all eternity.

There is, to be sure, enough food for thought and prayer this week.  Do not take any of this for granted.  It will indeed all come to pass.

 

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Present Moment Reflection for the Sixth Week of Lent

Present Moment Reflection for the  Sixth Week of Lent

Every day we have 24 hours at our disposition.
That’s all the time we need to readjust a life; to construct happiness,
to serve society, to collect what is positive;
to place ourselves before God, to listen to him, to accept him.
Then, we too, will rejoice at His word: This day you will be with me in Paradise.

From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

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Present Moment Reflection for the Fifth Week of Lent

Present Moment Reflection for the  Fifth Week of Lent

Instead of wasting my time questioning myself, filling myself with doubts, having sentiments of guilt about the past or making plans for an uncertain future, I will endeavor to live intensely the present moment.
by accomplishing positive valuable actions.

 From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

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Present Moment Reflection for the Fourth Week of Lent

Present Moment Reflection for the  Fourth Week of Lent

If a person wants to repair the past,
they must put perfection into the present moment.
Each day they must seek cheerfulness with the same energy as a bee,
who flies enormous distances to collect the pollen
that it transforms into delicious honey.

 From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

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Present Moment Reflection for the Third Week of Lent

Present Moment Reflection for the Third Week of Lent

The present moment is given to us to create marvels.

A perfect today influences an unknown tomorrow and

repairs yesterday’s deficiencies.

God so limited human beings that they can control only the present moment.

From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

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Third Week of Lent

Third Week of Lent

[A woman came to a well.  Jesus said to her,] “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. . . .”  “Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water!”

John 4: 13-15

This scene is both simple and dramatic.  Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well where He was sitting.  He asked her for a drink of water, a simple but human need.  Jesus knew what her state was which led, little by little, to her recognizing Jesus as the prophet Savior she had been looking for throughout her life.

The fact here, it seems to me, is that we too must come to Jesus on “empty.”  Only in our emptiness can we be filled with what The Lord wishes to give us.  On “empty” we have foregone pride, ego, self-centeredness.  It is really only in such a state that The Lord can fill us with His gifts.

What must I leave behind today in order to be filled with the gifts that God wishes to give me?  Needy is good if it drives me to God.

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