Wow God you always prepare the way. A month ago I picked up the book "Our greatest gift," by Henri J.M.Nouwen, a meditation on dying and caring.
Lord Jesus, thank you so much for the wisdom that the elderly generation have to offer us. We pray that you would protect all life and revive the respect for it that is deserved specifically within the elderly.
I’ve always felt like a fish out of water. My inmost me knows I would be most happy to live on a working farm.
It’s always sudden. Even when you know that death will come at any day, it always arrives without warning.
As I read this passage from Psalms I cannot help but feel sadness, an aching in my heart.
Hello Everyone! In the challenges we are faced with everyday, remember God sees you and all of the good you bring to the world, hold on tight to my hand, we walk this journey together:)
God certainly has an interesting, yet beautiful way of directing our lives. I have often heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” This has been particularly true for my life in the Pro-Life Movement.
I recall as a young child going on a family vacation my family stopped to eat lunch at a restaurant. This was a real treat for us because my parents did not often have a lot of expendable cash for luxuries such as eating out, especially since we were a large family.
Each day on the way from the car park to the office, one of my daughters passed by homeless on street corners. She took time to learn the names of those she saw often.
Who is my neighbor?
One of the biggest arguments I hear from pro-choicers is, “what about all people? Who‘s caring for their needs?” It's a legitimate question.
I have always loved the good samaritan parable. It just screams of how Jesus wants us to live our lives. It’s the blueprint!
It’s a question that’s on a lot of people’s minds, even if they don’t realize it. The debate for immigration reform is a divisive issue, especially when concerning refugees.
In 1989, a small group of Christian women realized that, when faced with an unintended pregnancy, most women turned to only one place: the local abortion clinic.
I have two older sons from a previous marriage. They are good, God-fearing boys who have done well in the public school system.
The words 'simply' and 'real ingredients' are common in grocery stores today. Many women and men seek out 'natural' beauty looks and 'effortless' styles for fashion.
Have you ever been busy, moving through your day, accomplishing tasks with little notice for the details of what is going on around you? Sights? Sounds? Smells?
The church I work at recently merged with the other two Catholic churches in town, to form one new parish.
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let thechildren come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them. Mark 10:13-16
Rachel was a cute, entertaining, and precocious two year old. For good reasons, everyone loved her. But one Sunday at my parents’ church, when she decided to investigate the aisle and walk to the front as the sermon was preached, an audible gasp rose from the congregants. The pastor paused and stopped my mother from reaching out to pull Rachel back into the pew. “Let her be,” directed Pastor Turner. “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’ He wants them to feel comfortable in his house and to know that he is approachable.”
From that time, I attempted to sit near the front of the church with my children so their curiosity about what was happening in the sanctuary could be satisfied without leaving the pew or standing on it. One of the countless things I like about the Catholic Church is that children are welcome at Mass. Yes, some churches have cry rooms for those whose vocal announcements could be distracting for everyone. But windows in cry rooms open to the sanctuary, and the children have not been ‘sent away.’
When I look at this passage from the Gospel of Mark, first I notice that the kingdom of God is given. We are called to receive what is offered. Do we want the gift? Of course we do! Jesus wants that for us, as well, which is why he told us how.
Observe carefully the little children around you – at home or church or in parks. When they interact with others, do they only seek people to serve them? Or, do they find joy in making others happy? Is their general outlook on life negative or positive? Do they hold grudges? Or are they quickly forgiving? Do they need grandiose amusements or do simple pleasures please them? Are they pressed under the burden of fear or worry? Or do they contentedly live in the moment?
I think Jesus meant for us to learn lessons from little children when he said, ‘for to such as these belong the kingdom of God. Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’
To Jesus, through Mary-Cheryl Ann Wills
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