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« Reply #705 on: September 21, 2021, 08:00:50 AM »

36. United in God



Jesus tells us:
ďThe Father and I are one.Ē John, chapter 10, verse 30
And since God is one, he wants us to unite in his Kingdom. God wants us to unite in him, every one of us, without exception.

May we continue to step forward with Jesus in our lives, in our heart, even if we have the illusion that nothing is happening, and may we be transformed from day to day in Jesusís manner, with Jesus, for Jesus, for the world and for our salvation.

Letís continue to go to faith gatherings and share the Word of God in the Bible with others. Letís walk with Jesus. The small steps that weíll achieve will lead us one day, perhaps in a few years to discover the improved person weíve become.
Jesus will rejoice to see each small step weíre taking, like with our parents the day when, very unsettled and unsure of ourselves, we walked toward them with outstretched hands.

If our parents had not allowed us to take these steps, maybe we wouldnít walk today. They even left us fall with love, to the ground, so that we progress in walking toward them. If our parents had not taught us to speak, and it has taken time to learn, we would not be talking. And yet today weíre still learning our language.

So itís necessary to rejoice being in places of worship, just to be there even if we donít seem to bring a lot to the group. Or even by thinking weíre not receiving much out of the group. The important thing is to be there. Jesus is there. Letís be reassured, we are moving at high speed, like the plane stabilized ďonĒ air at 800 kilometres or more per hour. Even if the landscape seems at a stand still.

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« Reply #706 on: September 21, 2021, 08:02:06 AM »
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« Reply #707 on: September 23, 2021, 06:45:12 AM »

38. Watching



With wisdom and knowledge, he fills them; good and evil he shows them. He looks with favour upon their hearts, and shows them his glorious works, that they may describe the wonders of his deeds and praise his holy name. Sirach, chapter 17, verses 6 to 8a

This is whatís written. God gives us to: ďdescribe the wonders of his deeds and praise his holy nameĒ.

God gazes on allowing us to see his work in us and around us.
The miner has a light on his helmet, he sees the environment. It allows him to observe and choose the ore that heís seeking. The light illuminates whatever is in the dark.

Godís bright light allows us, by grace, to find out whatís in our heart and in the heart of the people on our way. Then we can say:
ďHis majestic glory their eyes beheld, his glorious voice their ears heard.Ē Sirach, chapter 17, verse 11

To be mindful of everything from God]] helps us to spring up and eliminate fear. We have seen the wonders of God. We see the wonders of God. We will see the wonders of God. Those who awaken to the grace of God will see his wonders. Letís see with the eyes of God while he sees in us what is his.

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« Reply #708 on: September 23, 2021, 06:45:54 AM »
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« Reply #709 on: September 24, 2021, 07:08:06 AM »

39. Giving us time



We live every day the opportunity to convert more. Itís essential to improve our relationship with Jesus. Otherwise, weíll move on. We will leave the Church and we will leave faith practises so necessary to our survival. Weíll no longer celebrate Mass to thank God for all that he offers.

We are invited to refocus on the need to check with Jesus if we really follow him or if weíre going away. May we rediscover the importance of our first conscious love with God.

A retreat in prayer, a few days to refocus on Jesus and the quality of our faith will help us to find ourselves in him. Letís give once again our trust to Jesus.
Letís go back to what initially brought us to Jesus. Letís rethink when and how we converted to him. Who convinced us to follow Jesus?

May we dare to move another step forward.

May we dare to find ways to get closer to Jesus.

May we dare to improve in faith.

Letís accept new steps in faith now, otherwise weíll quickly go astray.

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« Reply #710 on: September 24, 2021, 07:11:14 AM »
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« Reply #711 on: September 25, 2021, 08:00:21 AM »

40. Perseverance



Continuous conversion is necessary if we are to remain strong in the midst of a boat being plagued by high waves, preyed upon by all the promises from the outside, all the illusions that sparkle on the water surface, proposed to us outside the Church.

May conversion be real in our heart and in the heart of our life. May we become lovers of God who loves us first. Letís love God more and more.

Letís ask Jesusís perseverance to remain in him. Itís imperative, important today to rest completely, to anchor ourselves firmly in Jesusís love, in order not to be tossed on the waves of life, from one side to the other. It must become a commitment to progress and stabilize our faith, by following Jesus Christ.

Perseverance in faith keeps us glued to our loving God who seeks our ďyesĒ every day. No need to tense up our faces to move forward and be persistent, but let down our barriers one by one and believe in the ways and means received by the Holy Spirit, because God believes in us.

Letís be vigilant. Letís live our faith. This is the first assurance we need to get. Starting the day with the sign of the Cross. Staying in Jesusís Heart. Jesus is Love. Jesus Loves us.

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« Reply #712 on: September 25, 2021, 08:02:15 AM »
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« Reply #713 on: September 26, 2021, 08:45:14 AM »

41. Caution



To evolve in faith, it is important to observe from time to time, what is and what is not fine in our faith. Letís replace ourselves before Christ, to be at our best and to grow in faith.

A continued conversion allows the jewel of faith to be polished by the hand of God. People who are filled with Godís Love become inflamed, they become lights in the world.

Paul invites us to persevere:
Provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, am a minister, Colossians, chapter 1, verse 23

during Mass, among other means. May we remain strong and firm in the faith and strong in the grace of God. And as Paul says:
ďTo live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God.Ē Colossians, chapter 1, verse 10

Letís be certain that if we keep Jesus with us, in us, we will make progress ďin the true knowledge of GodĒ. In Jesus, we will become bearers of Godís Love. We will grow in this love and the people accompanying us during our earthly pilgrimage will benefit from it.

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« Reply #715 on: September 27, 2021, 06:59:11 AM »

42. Fears



Fears, anxieties, phobias, etc., are not from God. The more we get closer to Jesus our Lord, the more our lives will turn around and we will observe decrease of the discomfort.

We can ask ourselves: ďDo we let the Holy Spirit work in our lives or do we let fear take over?Ē

If sadness prevails over joy, if the closure of our heart trumps openness to others, if we become stagnant instead of walking behind Jesus, if fear paralyzes us instead of tasting joy and freedom, the Holy Spirit doesnít pass. He canít go where we locked him out. It may be that we spend more time retaining ourselves, locking ourselves up instead of living our faith, free, and in Godís Light.

Letís enter quickly into Godís delights.

To not choose, to not decide is a devious trap. Elijah speaks these words to the crowd, and they are illuminating for us too:
ďHow long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.Ē 1 Kings, chapter 18, verse 21

Elijahís invitation does not require an immediate response, but further reflection that will allow an evolution in faith.

Elijah places the people that he guides in front of their choices. There are only two choices. There will always be only two choices for us. God or whatever.
Itís impossible to turn straight ahead. Itís just impossible. We must turn either right or left, or go straight. Either we turn or we go straight. Itís one or the other. God invites us to go straight. But often we ďdanceĒ to the left and then to the right, as souls that get out of hand then we may get out of the path that leads to God.

We are constantly faced with choices more or less simple. But what is interesting in what Elijah offers us is that weíre in front of the only decision that really matters. All other decisions we eventually make results from this one. All personal achievements we live will be linked to that decision alone, ďDo I choose God or not?Ē God is God of Love, the Holy Spirit breathes life into us and Jesus came to show us the path to follow to enter Eternal Love. The decision is easy. Or, is it easy?

Nobody can answer that question for us. We have full responsibility. Letís enter our heart and take the time to verify our choices and then align our life in the direction of our choice.

This sentence is to the point:
ďHappy those [Ö] (which) Godís law they study day and night, [Ö] that yields its fruit in season.Ē Psalm 2, verses 1 to 3

With multiple paths already on the subject, we possibly know the answer. God allows us to become whatís best for us, if we choose and remain focused on him.

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« Reply #717 on: September 28, 2021, 06:36:24 AM »

43. The Fruits of the Spirit



Letís observe the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the persons, which will unfold in goodness, truthfulness, in reality. If the person's words bear fruit and they are in the will of God, theyíll lead to peace, joy, life, to all the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit, we can then follow what they live internally and be inspired by them.

If not, letís be careful with all the teachings that are given in the world. No need to deny and banish them, but letís separate the speeches that lead us to God from the ones that can separate us from him.

And why not internally compare the teachings we hear, not to discredit it at once, but to help us understand and refocus on Jesus. Letís ask Jesus to enlighten whatís good in what we receive as teachings.

The same is true for gestures. Letís observe if the gestures of people lead to charity or not. As we listen and observe the others, we can achieve the same study on our ability to want to live and transmit values and if we live it well.

Letís ask Jesus to help us discern between what is from God and his Holy Spirit of what divides, separates us from him. People we meet may have good intentions, but the path they have chosen may lead away from God, then we are set astray with them. Letís be aware and careful.

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« Reply #718 on: September 28, 2021, 06:38:12 AM »
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« Reply #719 on: September 29, 2021, 08:11:26 AM »

44. To seek light



To seek the light of God is a process to do every day of our lives. Letís rise:
ďRise up in splendour! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.Ē Isaiah, chapter 60, verse 1

What is the light that we seek? The Light is already on us. The Light of the Lord, the light of the Trinity is always on us, and it is for us to welcome it, to receive and be enlightened by it.

Jesusís light is to be demanded on us often, then we allow God to illuminate our lives and help us move forward on a quiet road, a better-defined road since we become better informed. With the light of God, we discern more in the depths of our heart whatís necessarily needed for the road.

A sincere prayer of the heart is the best way to unite with God, to welcome him and be enlightened. It focuses us on God and allows him to do the cleaning of our existence.

A prayer thatís already written, as the prayer of Jesus is, the Our Father, said with the heart, is an act of love. Each time we pray with an already written prayer or from within us, if itís said with the heart, itís an ďI love youĒ to God.

We will possibly be distracted during our prayer time. These distractions are an opportunity for us to give them to God. This is part of our internal cleansing. It creates space to better accommodate Godís Presence in us.

The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: A path to conversion, Normand Thomas
God says : I Love you
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