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Jesus Said to His Disciples…Love Your Enemies

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Jesus said to His Disciples:

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” — Gospel MT 5:43-48

God seeks our highest good and teaches us to seek the greatest good of others, even those who hate and abuse us. Our love for others, even those who are ungrateful and selfish towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us. It is easier to show kindness and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so. How much harder when we can expect nothing in return. Our prayer for those who do us ill both breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love to do good in the face of evil.

How can we possibly love those who cause us harm or ill-will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who believe and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. His love conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and griefs. Only the cross of Jesus Christ can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment and gives us the courage to return evil with good. Such love and grace has power to heal and to save from destruction. Do you know the power of Christ’s redeeming love and mercy?

God gives us every good gift in Jesus Christ so that we may not lack anything we need to do his will and to live as his sons and daughters (2 Peter 1:3). He knows our weakness and sinfulness better than we do. And he assures us of his love, mercy, and grace to follow in his ways. Do you want to grow in your love for God and for your neighbor? Ask the Holy Spirit to change and transform you in the image of the Father that you may walk in the joy and freedom of the Gospel.

“Lord Jesus, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart ablaze with your love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone.”

April 15, 2013 – Award Winning Author, Patricia Treece on “God Will Provide”

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best selling author, Patricia Treece on her latest book, “God Will Provide”, “How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints and 9 Ways It Can Open for You, Too” (Paraclete Press). Looking at God’s providence through the lens of saints such as Father Solanus Casey, Chiara Lubich (d. 2008), Blessed John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, Dorothy Day, and Blessed Mother Teresa, they discuss the life long process of letting go and letting God provide. Patricia has written extensively about the lives of the saints and how surrendering to God, fully and without reservation, is the path to a life without worries.

January 23, 2013 – St. Paul Street Evangelization (Steve Dawson)

LIVING IN LOVE AND HEALING IN THE HEART OF JESUS – March 6, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI calls the laity to have occasions of healing which are centered on the Word of God to heal our lives: “Scripture contains countless pages that speak of the healing which God brings.”  Verbum Domini (Word of The Lord) December, 2010.
 
HASTEN  TO MY HEART….LIVING IN LOVE AND HEALING IN THE HEART OF JESUS  with  Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. Francesca   talks  about Sr.  Josefa  Menendez; Consoling the Heart of  Jesus (The Way of  Divine Love); St. Margaret Mary: The Sacred  Heart   and Our Lady of the Sacred  Heart and Praying for The  Poor Souls in  Purgatory. Lenten  practices, sacrifice, prayer, fasting, almsgiving: What  are you doing to remember and  share in the  Passion of Jesus?   Francesca shares her recipes for heart healthy Lenten dishes. Meatless Veggie Dish:Lendicce (Lentils Sicilian Style, over pasta or rice  or  with Spinach as  a vegetable dish or hot soup.)  

November 28, 2011 – Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity II

“This program picks up on the biographical sketch of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity after her entry into Carmel.  It then goes on to explore some of her major writings, both her individual retreats and her letters.  Blessed Elizabeth understood very clearly the need to dispense with anything that did not lead her to God, but she did not attempt to achieve this by simply leaving the world.  Rather, she shows, through her writings, how the real objective must be to bring everything in a persons life under the submission of Christ.  She speaks of the need to see with the “single eye” and practice the principles of silence, simplicity and solitude.”

Women of Faith – April 13, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.  and Jack Davis discuss Part Four of a series on Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, His Love and Passion for Humanity which focuses on women religious of various Orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to them  or  experiencing locutions to  bring them His graced lessons relating  His Great Love and Mercy for humanity which  they accepted to share in His Passion. This week, Part IV: Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; His Passion and Love for Humanity/ Sr. Josefa Menendez, Way of Divine Love; How Jesus came to Josefa in the nights of her life and left her His Crown, His Cross to share in His Passion and love of humanity and how we can share in His great Passion and Love today through our intercessions, reparatory prayer and sacrifices.