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Endure in faith while God refines your character.

Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,

knowing that affliction produces endurance,

and endurance, proven character,

and proven character, hope.

~ St. Paul, Romans 5:3-4

~ Endure in faith while God refines your character ~

Know that afflictions produce the following fruits:

  1. endurance
  2. proven character
  3. hope

My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. 5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. 9 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath. 10 Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them. 11 Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God; 12 And loving kindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.

From: Psalm 62

Independence Day: Freedom and Responsibility – by Father Mark Lawlor

The following is an excerpt from my Church bulletin, The Catholic Parish of St. Vincent De Paul, Charlotte, NC.

“We may recogonize some shortcomings in our republic, but travel outside of our borders may give us a greater perspective and remind us of how much we have to be thankful for. The U.S.A. does prioritize many aspects in the realm of freedom for its citizens. For these freedoms, we are thankful and we honor the memories of those who have sacrificed to preserve these freedoms for our benefit. We should remember with freedom comes responsibility.”

I’ve often thought what if I were born in some screwed up place like Mogadishu? Here I am, an American, thankful to my God that I was born here. There but for the grace of God go I. Sometimes I hear complaints against our Country but just as Fr. Lawlor pointed out, we have some shortcomings but we have much to be thankful for. I still believe that we are the greatest nation on earth.

Father Mark also said, “St. Paul wrote that while we are in the world, we should not be conformed to the world. See Romans 12:2

Romans Chapter 12

1
I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
2
Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.
3
For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.
4
For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function,
5
so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.
6
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them:  if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
7
if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching;
8
if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others,  with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9
Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good;
10
love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.
11
Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
13
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.
14
Bless those who persecute (you), bless and do not curse them.
15
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16
Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.
17
Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.
18
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.
19
Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
20
Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.”
21
Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.

Whew, there’s a lot there. It seems to me those are (good) rules to live by. I need help-more-work with numbers 2, 9, 10 … etc. Guess I need to work on all of them.

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.

I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.

These few lines of scripture, when I read them, thoughts of Gary and Randy immediately came to mind.

by Msgr. David E. Rosage

“I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.” – John 17:14

In his powerful high-priestly prayer, Jesus pleaded with his Father for me. He knew that the world would hate me since I am not of the world. How comforting to know that I am not fighting the battle alone. Jesus was rejected and persecuted throughout his whole life on earth. I am certainly in good company.

Knowing the Father’s loving concern for me, when persecution comes I can square off my shoulders and forge ahead undaunted.

Taken from JoyNotes, a weekly Catholic ezine.

   *  This scripture passage calls to me … I’ve always felt that I didn’t belong… anywhere, even as a young child. Then some days ago I remember reading something in scripture about not belonging to this world. Some of us are here in the world, but we don’t belong to the world, as it should be. The not belonging feeling is amplified for me due to my being given up for adoption as an infant. It colors many parts of my life … still. 

Jesus was rejected and persecuted his whole life ….. sigh ….. yes I feel this way at times. Being given up for adoption was my first rejection experience, as far as I know. Both good and bad has come from it. Anyway, I need to work on squaring off my shoulders and forging ahead undaunted. My Psychiatrist said I’m too sensitive.

Fr. Rory Pitstick’s comments on “Today’s Reading”  (for 7 Feb) gave me something to think about, and perhaps you will agree. Father mentions several passages from the Bible that list various vices – described as diseases of the soul. I had not thought of it that way before and find it most interesting.

Mark 7:21 – 23: “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

Why oh why do we have to be sticken with such evil?

Romans 1:29-31;
1 Corinthians 5:11 & 6:9-10;
Galatians 5:19-21;
Ephesians 5:3-4;
Colossians 3:5;
1 Timothy 1:9-10;
2Timothy 3:2-4;
1Peter 4:4;
Apocalypse 21:8 & 22:15.

Regarding the list above, Father says: “As these lists are read, each of us will note many vices that we do not possess, and we give thanks to God for that!  But, each of us will also, if we are honest, see at least some of these sinful symptoms in our own lives, alerting us of the need  to call upon our Lord to help us address them squarely and aggressively with the help of  His grace.”

Well, I didn’t know these things are diseases of the soul and I didn’t know I should call upon God for help. Now I do! And so do you!  🙂

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
       test me and know my anxious thoughts.

 See if there is any offensive way in me,
       and lead me in the way everlasting.


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When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice. - Deuteronomy 4:30