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// January 23rd, 2014 // Comments Off // Forming Faithful Families
Forming Faithful Families is a faithful and trustworthy weekly radio program in service to the New Evangelization consisting of reflections and anecdotes pertaining to our Catholic Faith, Scripture, Sacraments, Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayer, Awe of life, marriage, family, parenting, openness to life, creating a Catholic culture, joy, healing, mercy, forgiveness, trust, hope, The Cross, the Resurrection, Providence, Etc.
We will reflect on the certainty of the infinite personal love of Jesus for each of us, that He is supremely interested and in control of every detail of our lives, and that He is always bringing the greatest good out of everything for us.
Forming Faithful Families is full of encouragement and imbued with an assurance that our awesome and Merciful Father is constantly performing “marvels of love”(Ps.31) in our lives. We will walk closely with you as we persevere down the road of Love together. When we have Jesus, we have Everything! Jesus we trust in you!
More on Healing in Accepting Others:
We tend to be blind to our own shortcomings, but we can sure zero in on the faults of another from a mile away, and be ready to proclaim them from the rooftops. We all have a fallen human nature that is manifested in various ways. Not one of us is perfect. I am not perfect, and I hope you will agree that you are not perfect. We are all a cross to our neighbor to some measure, indeed myself included. Yes, we must love even our enemies: “love your enemies and do good” (Luke 6:35, jb).
Healing in Body:
I continue to trust my infinitely loving Father in heaven who is seeing to everything for my good, as He is most certainly seeing to everything for you good. I know that nothing can happen to me or touch me and that nothing can touch you, unless and until He says so. His timing and providence in our lives is perfect. Listen, don’t be afraid. You are a son or daughter of our Merciful Father, our Loving God. Abba, our Daddy. Call on Him! He loves you. He will never abandon you. Never!
Truly profound self-knowledge and understanding is a gift that only God can give. It is available for the asking. We need simply to knock at God’s door.
“The one who knocks will always have the door opened to him” (Matthew 7:8, jb)
Yes, it will be painful seeing our faults and sins, but we need to acknowledge that we are sinners and repent so that the rivers of God’s mercy may be allowed to run free, and so that we will receive true peace.
Jesus healed in diverse ways when He walked the earth, and He still today heals just as surely. As a matter of fact His healing power has spread throughout the world through His Church. We must bear in mind that The Church and Jesus are absolutely inseparable. Jesus never acts without the Church, and the Church can never act effectively without Jesus.
We see in the Acts of the Apostles at the very beginning of the Church, after Jesus had ascended into heaven, that healings continued. These healings were always effected through His Church, however. Could Jesus heal directly in some other way? Most certainly, because He is God. He can do anything and everything in any way He desires. However, He has chosen to act through His Church, through members of His Mystical Body.
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are good. They are very good! Jesus can still cure the sick, and He does in many cases. Believe this! It is totally within His power. All power belongs to Him. As God, He can heal us with a word, with a nod. We should have great confidence in Him!
“They may put their trust in their weapons and their exploits,” he said; “but our confidence is in almighty God, who is able with a nod to overthrow both those marching on us and the whole world with them” (2 Maccabees 8:18–19, JB).
We need to remember that God is in supreme control. That is not negotiable. He is driving the car, and He is a good driver, much better than we are. We are called to exercise our free will to trust Him. We need to stop grabbing the steering wheel from Him. He is in the driver’s seat. You can let your mind rest and even take a refreshing nap on His shoulder while He is at the wheel.
Having personally encountered crushing demonic assaults in our lives, we can assure you that the devil’s evilness and hatred are beyond words to describe. He has made it known that he does not like this ministry. Having said this, we have nothing whatsoever to fear from the devil when we place ourselves under the infinite power protection of Jesus Christ, and His Church, and the Sacraments. When we call on Jesus’s Name and ask Him to cover us with His Precious Blood we have no worries. Jesus has all the power. Praise Jesus, everything the demonic does will only end in a greater good and in giving glory to God.
It is when we receive the gift of being in a situation without a human solution that we really learn to surrender to God. He wants our total detachment from creatures, things, and our sense of control. This is an indispensable means to achieve intimacy with Christ. He wants to be our All. It is when we are placed in a seemingly hopeless situation that we can learn to really live one day at a time, to live in the moment, with peace and assurance that since God created us, He will sustain us. We need to take the Lord at his word when he tells us,
“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
Do you know what a joy it is to open up your Bible every morning, and experience the Word of God? Do you know what a love affair the Lord is aching to have with you each morning, each day? Do you know how He desires to lift your soul and spirit up to heaven? Do you have any idea how much He yearns for you to come to Him in prayer and the Sacraments?
Not only do we get close to Jesus in the Eucharist, but we become one with Him, transformed into Him, divinized by Him, given eternal life by Him. This is the same Jesus we experience in the joy of receiving Him in Holy Communion, the same Jesus who walked the earth two thousand years ago, the same Jesus who suffered and died on the cross for us, the same Jesus who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. Yes, Jesus is hidden from the senses. What we see, taste, feel, and smell seems to the senses to be bread and wine, but through the words of consecration by the priest in the Holy Mass these outward appearances have been truly and substantially changed into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity. There is no longer bread and wine, only Jesus.
Since our family’s reversion to the faith, God has moved us to understand and accept what we believe are His hierarchy of values. Simply, they are the following, with the first having the highest value:
5. Service Work or Apostolate
We should integrate all of these important values into our lives, but the key is not to allow a lesser value to interfere with or do damage to a higher value. Examples of how our hierarchy of values can become disordered are endless…