Only in God Prayer Blog - The Importance of Prayer
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Let us pray
O Jesus I Surrender myself to You, You take over. Amen
We make no apology for stating it is time to -
Stand up for Jesus.
As Mary forewarned Satan has made inroads into the Holy Church of God. We must therefore do as Mary requested pray, renew belief in, and, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament - the true presence - through Holy Mass, Adoration, Benediction, spending time before the Tabernacle and saying each day the Rosary. Uphold the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Uphold the true Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Importance of Prayer
The times we are living through have been foretold both by Our Blessed Mother and in the Holy Word of God. For the second time this writer has decided to stop commenting on the issues of the day and concentrate on prayer. The situation has gone past anything I can do to change it and there is always the danger of scandal.
This column will concentrate on prayer including the Holy Rosary (see below) given the fact that we place our faith on God and His Son Jesus Christ and as He requested trust Him and hand our problems, our troubles, over to Him.
Join us in our journey.
O Jesus I surrender myself, my worries, my troubles over to you, as You have requested. Jesus I trust You, You take over
Fr Paddy Reflects
Once on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land we happened to come across a bar mitzvah ceremony at the ‘Wailing Wall’ in Jerusalem. We saw little scrolls called ‘tifflin’, being ritually wrapped around the upper arms -nearest the heart- of children aged twelve, as directed by tradition: ‘’You shall put these words of mine on your heart and on your soul – and tie the to your arm…[Deut.11.18]’’. These contained texts from the Torah or the Law. From now on they would be expected to keep the commandments. Something similar to our own Confirmation, coming of age , ceremony
This is probably the occasion the Holy Family celebrated in last Sunday’s Gospel. By making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover they were celebrating his becoming a full son of the Law. Luke narrates the story as a minor statement of a major theme which he will later develop. The public career of Jesus was bookended by this journey to mark the start of his young adulthood and his final arrival there again at the time of the Passover. There he would again encounter the experts in the Law with the important difference that their astonishment in this boyhood episode [‘who is this wee upstart?] would become total rejection and death in the adult encounter.
That first small crack would widen into an abyss. ‘’You have heard it said in the past ….. but I now say unto you’’ -here we have the tension Jesus felt within between his Jewish traditional roots in the Torah and what he heard Father his telling him.
There is a further parallel for in each story Jesus is lost from sight, as it were, for three days. The way that his parents were overcome upon finding him on the third day anticipates the stunning news of his resurrection on the third day. The richness of sacred scripture never ceases to amaze me.
Lord, I give You my life,
my cares, my concerns and my future.
I trust You in all things.
I surrender all.
Help me to trust You more each day
and to turn to You in complete abandonment.
Jesus, I trust in You. Amen
Today we celebrate
Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops, Doctors
St Basil the Great (330 - 379)
Basil was born in 330 at Caesarea in Cappadocia, of a Christian family. A brilliant scholar and a virtuous man, he started by becoming a hermit but was made bishop of Caesarea in 370. He fought against the Arians and wrote many notable works, in particular the monastic rule that bears his name and which many monks in the East follow to this day. He was also generous to the poor. He died on 1 January 379.
St Gregory Nazianzen (330 - 389)
He was born in 330, near Nazianzus. He travelled widely in search of knowledge. He followed his friend Basil into the wilderness, but he too was ordained and later made a bishop. He was elected Bishop of Constantinople in 381 but because of the factional fighting within the Church he retired to Nazianzus, where he died on 25 January 389 or 390. He is known as “Gregory the Theologian” in honour of his learning and eloquence.
We who have felt the grace love and power of God have a responsibility to share and witness the message to others. To leave this to ordained religious is not an option. God give us the grace to be your witnesses. Give us the strength to stand firm and may the Holy Spirit guide us
WORD OF OUR LORD
John 1:19-28 'One is coming after me who existed before me'
This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:
a voice that cries in the wilderness:
Make a straight way for the Lord.’
Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Prayer is talking to God. Sometimes I pray in the traditional manner but most times I just talk to God. The greatest prayer of all is the Mass when we can truly come into the presence of God. He is always there for us even when we fail Him.
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU
We proclaim Christ crucified;
Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God
St. Faustina Kowalska,
“O my Jesus, You have tested me so many times in this short life of mine! I have come to understand so many things, and even such that now amaze me. Oh, how good it is to abandon oneself totally to God and to give Him full freedom to act in one’s soul!” (134, page 74)
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in our hour of conflict. Be our protection 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, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
The Holy Rosary
Our Blessed Mother explained to us what would happen in the World and in the Church if people continued to turn from God. One of the things she asked us to do was to say the Rosary everyday. Please find a few minutes today to fulfil her request.
Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries.
Only in God is my soul at rest. In Him comes my salvation.
We finish as we begun
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Catholic Doctrine, Gospels, Catechism - onlyingod.com
Catechism taken from Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com
The Complete New Testament - thewordofourlord.com