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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!
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…
The Holy Spirit, Who is personified LOVE for you, associates us, through no merit of our own, to Christ’s self-offering to our Loving Father for our own salvation and for the whole world. What a magnificent privilege!
He is a sanctifying Spirit who literally divinizes us and incorporates us into the Body of Jesus. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, when the Father looks upon us He sees His Son Jesus! Awesome!
The Holy Spirit anoints us to know the very depths of God. As a matter of fact it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can come to know the depths of God.
The Holy Spirit pours Himself out upon the Church, permeates, leads, and gives life to the Church, both as a whole and individually in each of its members. He pours Himself out into you!
“Exalted at the right hand of God, he received the promise of the holy Spirit from the Father and poured it forth, as you [both] see and hear” (Acts 2:33).
Our Mother, Mary, loves, protects and nurtures each of us at every moment whether we acknowledge it or not. The only element potentially lacking is our acknowledgment of and gratefulness toward our Mother, Mary. And should we ever ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us in some way, we can be absolutely confident that she will, and that her Son, Jesus, will never refuse her anything for our good.
God our infinitely merciful Father is always seeking us out, always ready to forgive, always, and constantly ready to pour His infinite mercy upon us. This reality is portrayed beautifully in the well-known “Prodigal Son” passage in Luke 15:11–24.
There is no one beside God who cares more about us than our Blessed Mother Mary. What unfathomable empathy she has for us! And there is no one who has more influence to intercede for us with Jesus than His own mother, Mary. And yes, she can and does intercede! Again, would we ever ask a friend to pray for us? Well, we can most certainly ask Mary to pray for us! She is as truly alive as you and I are, full of life and full of grace.
Mary is our mother as well. She is the quintessential mother. And it was God, Jesus Himself, who gave Mary to us as our mother when He said to John (who represented us all )
“This is your mother” (John 19:27, JB)