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Morning Light

The smell of vanilla coffee fills the air as the morning light begins to push the darkness back. Nights have never been my friend and last night was no different. Dreams that produce a night of tossing and turning are a constant companion lately.

The morning light is a welcome friend. The gift of another day is before me. My thought is to not waste the time given to me; to make this a good day and to live in line with the Good Book. I will do the best I can with His word to guide me.

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By Grace and Not Works

For by grace you are saved through faith: and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God. Not of works, that no man may glory.

(Ephesians 2:8-9 from Douay-Rheims)

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By grace…not works. By grace…not works. Read it over and over. Say it again and again. Then believe it without understanding…simply because He says it…this is faith.

Understand…accept the fact that there is nothing we can do to enter heaven…nothing short of one thing…to believe…to accept the gift of heaven that He offers us…the grace He extends to us. His grace is free, unearned and undeserved…accepted by faith.

Set you clock…mark your calendar…the place is Golgotha…the time is 12p.m. Be there and watch His only begotton Son pay the price for your sins. There, at the cross, you will find God’s grace as He offers to you the way to heaven…Jesus.

Accept this gift given freely to you. Accept this gift of forgiveness, then understand with the heart that it is by grace you are saved through faith’ and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God, Not of works, that no man may glory.

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A Simple Man

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Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

He rode no white horse nor wore the clothes of a warrior. He had no army; only twelve common men. His heart was gentle and He spoke with compassion. He did not take, but rather gave. And soon, He was to give the greatest gift of all, Himself.

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A Man Named Francis

I was raised in the Catholic faith, nuns and all. My life focused around the school and the church called St. Mary’s. Those days and years will always be etched in my mind. They were probably the happiest and most secure times in my life.

The earliest Pope that I can remember was Pius XII. He was Pope from 1939 to 1958. I was born in 1941. The thought occurs to me that Francis may well be the last Pope I ever know. He is 77. This possibility is just fine with me.

You see, in the early ‘60’s, I, along with thousands of other Catholics, left the Catholic church. A big reason for this movement was the 3rd Ecumenical Counsel. All of a sudden, after adhering to all the traditions and rituals of the Faith, it was all changed. The reasons given were to bring Catholics closer to the Mass and their Faith. Ironically, the opposite occurred, as thousands of cradle Catholics left the Church.

Now, years later, to return to this Faith of my childhood takes an act of congress to get back into the good graces of the existing hierarchy. This is an experience so frustrating that it continues to keep shut out those Catholics who want to return. I read where the number of these Catholics is so numerous that if they joined together, they would be the largest denomination in the world, second only to the Catholic church. Amazing!

I look at that place called St. Mary’s where I spent so many good years and wonder if the present caretakers have any idea who we are and what we accomplished. Don’t hang out a banner that says’ “Welcome Home,” then blind those who try to return with your lengthy bureaucratic ways. Instead, accept them with open arms as Jesus would.

I look forward to the day when Francis catches up with you. Somehow, I have a feeling archaic attitudes are going to topple and give way to a more loving and receptive way. Maybe it’s time to email Francis. I have his email. Maybe, I’ll give him my phone number. I hear he makes a lot of phone calls. Thank you Lord for sending our way this man named Francis.

 

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