Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
August 11, 2015, Tuesday St. Clare
Read: Dt 31:1-8 Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
“’Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven….’” (Mt. 18:1-5)
Jesus used that child to teach us a lesson in humility. Humility being a necessary virtue in forming part of our intimate group of Jesus’ followers: The Church.
All of Jesus’ teachings assume the virtue of humility; for without humility it would be impossible to fulfill His holy will. Practice of His teachings without humility would make us look like huge hypocrites.
Which one of the eight Beatitudes lack a call to humility?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit…
Blessed are they who mourn…
Blessed are the meek…
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…
Blessed are the merciful…
Blessed are the clean of heart…
Blessed are the peacemakers…
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness…” (Mt. 5: 3-10)
All of the Lord’s teachings are founded and bound in humility. “If you recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother.” (Mt. 5: 23-24)
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 138: “The LORD is on high, but cares for the lowly and knows the proud from afar.”
St. Clare of Assisi, d. 1253; disciple of Francis; founded the Poor Clares whose first convent at Assisi she directed as abbess for 42 years.
From the 8th to the 15th of August
Together let us offer our prayers to our heavenly Father, asking Him to grant us what we really need:
-Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- Indifference and detachment from spiritual things, ingratitude and hatred are the devil’s workshop. Cleanse our hearts of all these things. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- Keep our troops safe and bring them home soon, Lord. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- We have intrinsic worth and value because God wants it that way. Help us to value others with the same loving eyes with which you see them. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- If we are rich soil, prepared well, we can receive the Lord. Send forth your Spirit upon us, so that we might have the strength to confront the world’s distraction. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- God wants to save all of us. Help us not reject your call to conversion, Lord. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- Humility and love is sacrificial giving and gratitude. Help us to attend to the needs of our neighbor and not fall into sins of omission. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- Through sacrifice and a firm resolution, make us worthy, Lord, to serve you and to receive your infinite blessings. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- Sin kills the soul and guilt kills the conscience. Help us to confess our sins and to change our lives. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
- You commanded us to guard the sabbath day and make it holy. Help us to dedicate that day, and indeed every day, to you. -Give us what we really need, O GOD.
(Add your own petitions.)
OUR PRAYER: Thank you for bending your ear to hear our petitions. We know you care for us, your creatures, and in you we place all our hopes. You who are everything. AMEN.
Greetings from Tijuana!
By an odd turn of events we’ve been returned to the charge of the parish of the Encarnación and the construction of the chapels and the Sanctuary. As well as the Radio, Internet and printing press for the Archdiocese.
The Sanctuary of San Sebastian is still as it was 6 years back. A diamond in the rough. Unfinished with great needs. It will cost at least another $150,000 to finish the structure and then sacred furnishings will be at least that much. Ditto that for Nuestro Señor de los Milagros.
The parish church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, needs paint (badly — both interior and exterior), as does the pastoral center and the rectory. We need to upgrade the sound system. We can say the same thing for the Espiritu Santo church. La Dolorosa has not been painted since before 2000 — see how time flies. We built those churches… and it will be going on 20 years without being touched.
I know the 90’s and early 2000’s were better times economically for all, but there must be some room for charity to the poor. I wish I could say that donations have gone up, but it is the exact opposite. Prices keep rising and charitable giving goes out the window… but the needy are still there (here).
Will you not take the time to discover how much more you might give above the usual generous donation to help us with the capital improvement funds for our churches. Your donations are tax deductible and it is all going to a really good cause.
Come and see. Please! I can print pictures, but there is nothing like a visit to know what we are doing and how your funds are allotted.
Doctors, dentists, ocular specialists, pre and post natal care and nurses… we need you to come and give your time and energy — of course in rustic environs. We need rudimentary first aid goods, lice meds (RID, etc) soaps, Neosporin, shampoo, dental hygiene tools. Crutches, wheel chairs, unused diabetic goods. Computers with monitors and modems that work!, desks and chairs, good folding chairs and tables, etc, etc… The list doesn’t end… this space does.
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