St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In the End, We all Die

Have you lost count of the number of famous people who have died 
this month?
I have.
I can only remember
David Bowie and Glen Frey.
There were others, famous, infamous, and those whose names we will never know.

They died, too.

One day, our name will be submitted in  an obituary because we died.

So that's all there is?

You are conceived.
You are born.
You live.
You die.

If the best we have to look forward to is death, 
that image is bleak
until we see the Face of God
and know that our life is for Him and Him alone.

In the end,
fame doesn't matter.
Money doesn't matter.
Houses, clothes, and shoes don't matter.
What matters is love, and how we live our lives in the service of God.

We make our choices in life because God gave us the gift of free will.
We can blame others for our mistakes, but, in the end, the truth is that we chose our behaviors.
We chose how to live our lives.
(Some people blame Eve because Adam sinned, but, the truth is that both Adam and Eve made the choice to sin.)

The other truth is that 
God loves us.
He cannot NOT love us.
We cannot earn His love.
He simply sees us for what we are and loves us.
He sees us from the time He blessed us into being into the moment of death.
How we return that love in service to Him is up to us.
We can live for us, or we can live for Him.

In this year of Mercy, we can serve Him by extending Mercy.
We can serve Him by loving others as we love ourselves.
We can give our lives over to God to allow Him to direct us in our missions.
Truth never changes, and God is Truth.
He will never change.
 In Him there is Hope.

 "For ‘In him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring."
Acts 17:28

We are His offspring.
We are His Children.

Do you hear Him calling you?
Listen as Samuel did.

So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” When Samuel went to sleep in his place,  the Lord came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel!   Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3: 9-10 

Do more than live.  Serve!

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