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1  Forums / Prayer Requests / Pray for Mercy for me on: December 10, 2018, 08:29:42 AM
I lost my 22 month old twin daughter to an accidental drowning a few months ago and I literally have been walking through the fires of hell while our Lord carries me. I have had so much thrown at me these past 6 months but God is showing me He has never left my side .
Today I ask for an urgent prayer please.
I ask for God’s will, mercy, and strength. He has blessed me beyond words and I trust in Him fully as His truth and love unfolds, but I believe your prayers help in His will. Thank you.
2  Forums / Prayer Requests / Pray for husbands job and our family on: June 11, 2016, 06:57:37 PM
Hello! We need a miracle and I know where to turn! The prayers on here are strong.
Please pray that my husbands company keeps their contract (aka their jobs).
I will explain more in detail on why this is so important on the discussion board but long story short, I do not think God put all of these events in my life for my husband to lose his job. I have faith everything is in His caring plan for us, but prayers never hurt.
3  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Please pray for mother and uncle on: August 25, 2015, 06:05:30 PM
Thank you so much for praying
4  Forums / Prayer Requests / Please pray for mother and uncle on: August 22, 2015, 05:50:27 PM
Please pray for my mother and fathers marriage and that my mother receives healing, love, understand and peace.
And please pray for my uncle Stuart and his son max. Pray that the Angels give them peace and help that they so desperately need.
God bless and thank you all, the prayers on this site are very powerful.
 
5  Forums / Prayer Requests / Prayer for humanity's return to faith on: February 22, 2014, 01:25:59 PM
I read the online news daily and it breaks my heart to see thousands of people "like" comments about how religion is for fools and how the bible is just a book. Our world is increasely growing apathetic to The Lord and it breaks my heart. Let us pray for the world, that they may grow in faith and understanding of Our Lord.
Thank you.
6  Forums / Prayer Requests / Please pray for boyfriend's job on: February 06, 2013, 07:12:54 PM
I think this might need a miracle because his coworker said the owner will be telling Byron to step down soon but the people on this board's faith and prayers are so strong.
Please pray that Byron can keep his same position and if not please pray he keeps the same salary or slightly less. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Also pray for my mother vivien.. She has had many miracles through her prayers for others but she is really in the dark night of the soul prayers for her 'never seem to get answered' according to her and it weighs on her heart.
7  Forums / Book Study / 12 steps to holiness and salvation on: November 28, 2012, 10:37:07 PM
I am not sure what forum this goes into but I thought that it might fit into here.
I found the book "The 12 steps to holiness and salvation" and was wondering if it is a good read and if it is a more spiritual or logical book?
My mind has been kinda foggy lately from the lack of any spiritual reading but I understand cold cut books like Sinner's guide from Luis of Granada and Thomas Aquinas's writtings quite well. A month ago I tried to read St. Teresa of Avila's interior castle and I couldn't keep focused enough to read it. I understand Avila's writings of our souls being complex matters similar to diamonds where we have many chambers and the heart of that chamber of the soul is Jesus but I just could not focus!!! I want to read a book that will renew my spiritual faith again.
I have strayed away from God three times in my life and all three times the Sinners guide brought me back full heartly. Anyone recommend this book to help their spiritual growth or recommend any books that might help me get my heart back to Jesus and the Church in full force?
God bless.
8  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers requested on: November 28, 2011, 07:48:48 PM
 I will pray for her right now.
"For nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37
9  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Beautiful Discernment Prayer on: June 09, 2011, 11:00:37 AM
I heard this prayer yesterday and really liked it, maybe you guys will enjoy it too.



God has created me, to do Him some definite service; He has  committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission - I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for nothing. Therefore, I will trust Him. Whatever, whereever I am. I cannot be thrown away.
Amen

10  Forums / Prayer Requests / Prayers for my mother on: June 08, 2011, 01:54:01 PM
Hello everyone! My mother is asking for my prayers for a special intention and I figured I could pray for her and go one step above that and ask the holiest friends I have to pray along side with me for my mother.
Thank you and May God be with you always.
11  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Re: Total and absolute surrender and abandoment (Living in the freedom and peace Chr on: May 25, 2011, 03:58:07 PM

'I am the true vine; and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Hey, that is today's gospel reading!  rotfl
12  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for my Aunt on: May 24, 2011, 12:46:33 PM
Does your Aunt still need prayers? I hope she is ok....and I hope everyone here is doing OK too =)
13  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Which is a better choice? on: March 17, 2011, 09:53:40 AM
My best friend has a good heart but she isn't very religious. We went to confession together maybe three months ago and sometimes she will say to me now 'well at least I will go to heaven I went to confession' playfully to me and I know she is in mortal sin. I know by not saying anything it's my sin but I feel I would rather atone and confess for it on Earth rather then her maybe going to hell for knowing her sin. Is this wrong?
14  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Happy Lent :) on: March 17, 2011, 09:50:28 AM
I hope everyone is having a  Blessed  and Happy Lent =)

Happy Lent! It is the season of giving up what we like, a time to go with out. It is a hard thing for most of us to do. Who really wants to give up that candy bars, or pop? And really why would it make a difference to God; Do we really thing that God looks at us and says “You did not give up candy during Lent of 2008, and you ate meat on a Friday, so you can not enter heaven!”

I don’t think so, but that is not what Lent is all about. If we think it is just giving up something we like, then we are missing the point. It is not about not eating candy or drinking a pop. Lent is not a punishment or a diet plan; it is an act of love, an act of total giving. But it should not be looked at as something that is sad, or a bother, but rather, as something that is hard but joyous. Lent offers us a time to reflect and grow in our faith. Lent is the preparation time for the Holy of Holy days, Easter, the day of the Risen Lord.

But to truly understand Lent, let’s look at the days proceeding to the Crucifixion of Christ.

Jesus’ Lent:

So what did Jesus give up, did he decide that he was no longer going to eat meat on Fridays, or no more Coke. I don’t think so. First off Coke was not invented, and secondly, he gave up something greater. We all know he gave His life (and that this is the greatest gift and sacrifice Jesus gave us), but let’s look at what else he gave us, that we may over look.

Jesus gave us his Humility, when he entered Jerusalem on a donkey, a lowly animal, not worth much, not something a great leader would ride on. But he, the king of kings, the son of God, entered the great city as a lowly man, one of no great importance. When have you willingly been humble, when have you allowed yourself to be nothing of great importance? Jesus entered Jerusalem with great fan fare, palms where laid out for him on the ground, and waved them at him as He road pass. He was treated as a King, a King who humbled himself, one who could have road the finest of animals, or even been escorted by many important people. But Jesus sacrificed the greatness, the ceremony and all the praise, for the humility of a donkey.

Jesus gave us his Dignity, when he washed the feet of his friends at the last supper. The act of feet washing was for the servants of the house, not the host or honored guest, and definitely not for the son of God. When have we ever washed the feet of our friends? Jesus became the servant master, the one who served us, even though he is greater then we will ever be. The humility this took was great, such an act of love, so simple yet so grand. To wash the dust from our feet, to wipe them dry, he who would save us all, on his knees to wash our feet from our weary travels. It is our dignity that we hang on to, we are always protecting it from harm, but Jesus free gives of it.

So is a candy bar or a coke really to much to ask? And really are we doing enough? Jesus sacrificed for 40 days in the desert where he had to struggle with hunger, thirst and the temptations of the devil, we have 40 days to lent, in the comfort of our homes and if we slip up and eat something we are not to, really only you and God will know. So really what are we sacrificing? How are we suffering? God asks very little of us, and as humans we respond with very little. Basically we give what we are asked to, nothing more, and nothing less. So Lent is a time to go that extra mile, Lent allows us to experience a tiny bit of Jesus in the desert, or riding the donkey. So the next time you have a friend over, wash their feet, I don’t mean latterly, but you can humble yourself and give of your dignity in many ways, you can learn t to live as a servant master, not only during Lent, but all year long.

So make this a Happy Lent (I think we should send Happy Lent Cards like we do Christmas and Easter)


 
 
 
 
 By Paul Sposite
Op/Ed
15  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: For Us All on: February 28, 2011, 11:02:12 AM
Everyone here is in my prayers and in my prayers I always include the Angels Gabriel, Rapheal, and Michael as well as Mother Mary to pray besides me =)
16  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Total and absolute surrender and abandoment (Living in the freedom and peace Chr on: February 23, 2011, 01:04:50 PM
This is not mine, I read it from a priest in Miami. It's beautiful!! I need to live by this daily.





Now someone approached Jesus and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, " `You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother'; and `you shall love your neighbor as yourself.' " The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. (Matthew 19:16-22)



It's hard to give things up. It’s even more difficult when what we find we are asked to give up is our sense of security and assurance about ourselves. The rich young man in the gospel reading could very well be one who was materially or financially wealthy. That is certainly something that is difficult to give up. Comfort and convenience are things that, when one gets used to them, become exceedingly hard to bid goodbye to. It isn’t just the body that finds itself wanting to be comfortable, the mind experiences the same attachment to certain things that have given it security.

The young man in the gospel was certainly a decent fellow. He obeyed the rules, followed the law, most probably to a very good degree. He certainly comes across as a devout person who was not only curious but actually eager to find something else, perhaps something greater or larger than what he’s used to. We can detect thus a desire for more in this young man. That in itself is a sign of the movement of God’s grace in a person. The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, not a believer, said that the human person is an ‘insatiable desire for more’. There’s an unquenchable craving that seems embedded deep in the human heart that wants more, whether this be material or spiritual.

It’s the spark of the divine that the ancient philosophers and gnostics talked about. In truth though—to use language that is properly Christian—it is the grace of God already at work in one’s life. Our desire for something larger than ourselves, something to which we human beings want to feel part of, immersed in, is the initial workings of God’s grace. We never really lost that, despite our fallen state. It’s always there, just waiting to be awakened.

It is certainly that part of ourselves that makes us ambitious, competitive, yes, even greedy and selfish. It is that part of the human self that has built great monuments, achieved great things in science, the arts, government, literature, technology and every other aspect of life and existence. It is also that part of humanity, unfortunately, that has often been led astray. It is that part that is capable of great cruelty, of inhumanity, of destructiveness that has led to intolerable pain for many. The victims of this misguided and misdirected desire are countless, and their numbers will only grow unless human beings come to realize the true nature and orientation of this tremendous power they have in themselves.

Most human persons begin life like the young man in the gospel, having good intentions, good aspirations, good desires, not only for themselves but for others. And even if one were selfish and sought only one’s good, this still does not change the fact that the desire is there, the desire for more. It is the force that powers the universe. The mystics tapped into this power, this force. But they also knew what it was, or properly who it was. Most of us, however, do not arrive at this point. Rather, we are like the young man. We become aware—some vaguely—of this desire that is in us, but we fail to come to the full recognition of what it really is. And thus we are led astray.

While he was certainly not led astray—he was devout and religious, that’s for sure; and while he did seem to want to begin what can be seen as a ‘higher’ or more ‘advanced’ stage or level of his quest to realize the true nature of the desire he was experiencing, something stops him. He comes to Jesus asking what he needed to do to gain everlasting life. That is a sure sign that this young man had the desire to go beyond what his earthly existence, the comforts of body and mind, afforded him. Nor must we think him insincere in his questioning. This was a person who really felt the magnetism not only of the personality of Jesus, but his message as well. Something in Jesus attracted him, something resonated with a feeling he had within. Otherwise, he would not have come.

Something in Jesus whom he has heard preach, spoke to this young man’s very soul. It spoke to that innermost core of who he was, that part of him that was strong, ambitious, eager, competitive and secure. Something in Jesus spoke to this young man’s very self—that part of himself that was truly him, his very being.

And so he goes to Jesus to ask what he needs to do, not only to continue in this trajectory of selfhood, but to ask what more there could be. He is curious. What more can Jesus offer. He knew deep inside—had a very strong inkling—that there was something to this man Jesus that could give his present life of success and fulfillment the wholeness that he instinctively and intuitively felt he still needed. Not that there was something he felt he lacked. He was very successful. Being wealthy here should not be understood simply to mean material wealth. No, this was a young man who was materially and spiritually fulfilled. As far as a good earthly life was concerned, he was whole.

He said it himself, he observed the law—most likely to the full. As far as Judaism is concerned, this is a reflection of a life that is ‘good’, one that is lived not only for oneself, but for God and one’s neighbor as well. That after all, is the heart of the commandments which he tells Jesus he has fulfilled.

And so his desire for more is not something that manifests a lack in himself. There is no hint of deprivation here, neither materially nor spiritually. And his using the word ‘lack’ in his later question to Jesus must not be taken to mean that he came to Jesus with a feeling of inadequacy or want. No, he came to Jesus not from a position of weakness, but from a definite position of certainty, security and strength. This was a man who came to Jesus with a good deal of pride in himself and in his accomplishments, both externally and internally. And this isn’t a bad kind of pride. It isn’t boastfulness. It is rather, that good kind of pride that knows that one is whole and can therefore, with confidence, acknowledge that despite this feeling of wholeness and achievement, one believes or feels deep in one’s soul that one can do more.

Our achievements and our successes, especially when they become ours through acts that are good and aimed at the good, give us the confidence—we can call it trust or faith—that in fact makes us feel that we need to do something more, not because we are in want, but because we must give expression to that unquenchable and insatiable desire that is within us. To want more, to want to be more is a most human reality, perhaps the most human reality. And it is that reality that this young man brings to Jesus. It is this ‘perfect’ coming-in-touch-with-oneself that he lays at Jesus feet and says, “I have this. What more should I do?” It reminds us of the good and faithful servant who comes to his master after having done what is expected of him and says, “This is what I’ve done. Is there something more I must do?” There is no doubt about it, this was a good young man.

But he was still searching. That spark deep within needs to find expression, needs to find its freedom. And so he comes to Jesus asking for more. And Jesus obliges, in fact telling the young man, that with the goodness and wholeness he has so far achieved in life, there should be no reason for him not to take the next step, to take the leap and realize that while all he has so far achieved is good, there is an even higher goodness, an even greater achievement that is possible. The young man wanted it. That’s why he sought Jesus. This was why he had come to Jesus, to know what else there is that his heart seemed to long for. And Jesus tells him. "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Give up the wholeness, give up what you have achieved, give up the comfort, security and assurance that you have. Give it up, give it to me. This Jesus says. Everything that you know, everything that has so far made your life secure and safe. Every idea, every thought, every strategy that has allowed you to prosper and be the whole and good person that you are, give it up. Everything that you have, everything that you are; give it up. Give it to me. Put it in my hands and take the leap. All the lights you possess, all the knowledge and wisdom you have built up, everything that life has taught you, give it up. Give it to me. Essentially, Jesus was asking this young man not just to give up his wealth—both materially and spiritually, he was asking this young man to give himself up. He was asking him to give up that very core of his being that has so far defined him as whole and as good.

The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard talked about a ‘leap of faith’ that defines a genuinely Christian existence. This is that leap of faith. It is a leap in the dark, not knowing where one will go. It’s a leap towards an unknown, not really sure if the risk will eventually prove to be worth it. That is what terrified this young man. That too is what terrifies most of us. Imagine building something up—let’s say your faith, in yourself, in God and in other people. Imagine living your whole life with the assurances and securities that your culture, society, religion, family, schooling, upbringing have provided you. And imagine that these have actually led to your becoming a good and whole human being, one who loves God, neighbor and oneself in the way that you have been taught is right. And then all of a sudden, meeting someone like Christ who doesn’t say that what you know is wrong, that what you’ve become is bad or that the entire context that has formed you is mistaken. No, you meet a man who instead praises you and makes you feel that you have so far done well, who looks you in the eye and says you are alright.

But he then tells you that there is something more, and that this can only be yours if you are willing to let go of all that you possess—essentially all that you are. Now that is terrifying. Who would want that? That is not only having to give up material wealth. People are known to survive the loss of material wealth. People are known to survive the loss of physical wealth. People survive different kinds of losses. But what Jesus asked the young man to give up was nothing less than the core of who he was. He was asking the young man to give himself up, totally, absolutely, and then to follow him. Where? That is what really bothered this young man. Because that is hard, painful, and excruciating. Not knowing is the single biggest difficulty one encounters, especially one who is strong and who is good. The young man was both. And Jesus asked him to give it up.

What he was asking of this young man was that trust that lies at the very heart of life itself. Total and absolute surrender—that was what Jesus had asked for. And as we see from the young man’s response, it isn’t for everybody. In fact it doesn’t seem to be for a lot of people really. It just seems mad. It goes way beyond the realm of what seems reasonable. That causes panic to ordinary and normal human sensibilities. It is frightening. That is why the young man felt that what Jesus was asking from him was an impossibility. It couldn’t be done, not by human means at least. It cannot be done.

This is perhaps the most beautiful idea contained in this story—the idea that grace is met by grace. That in us which desires more, that which in the human person is that insatiable and unquenchable fire, which is none other than the grace of God that nothing can destroy, is met also by grace—that which alone can satisfy, that which alone can give a reply to that seemingly unsatisfiable invitation that Jesus gives to this young man. It is also grace that allows for that leap, that allows for the calming of the terror and fear that comes with feeling in the deepest part of one’s being, that one is simply not able. It is that grace that enables to come to fulfillment, the absolute satisfaction of that seemingly insatiable thirst.

Grace at the beginning, grace at the end. That which invites us is also that which satisfies us. That which entices is also that which gives what is sought. That which awakens in us that seemingly unsatisfiable hunger and thirst is also that—and that alone—which ultimately provides for its satisfaction. God at the beginning, God at the end. The young man had gone a long way traversing the two points, and he was right to come to Christ, because he knew deep within, that he was the answer, the key, the way, the path to making the two points meet. And Christ did not disappoint him. He showed him the way, the only way. Give everything up and follow me. Why? Because he has done it. He is it—the bridge between the beginning and the end—that which awakens and that which fulfills. That was what the young man didn’t realize. And so he left, not because he couldn’t do what Jesus had asked. But because he was all too capable of doing it. He was strong, and it was a strength he simply found impossible to give up.







17  Forums / Prayer Requests / Me and My Dad on: February 22, 2011, 01:05:01 PM
Hello everyone! I miss you all!
My mom asked me to ask you guys (because you are so wonderful and holy) to pray for my dad. He might take a job that is not morally good for him and could you pray that his current job gets better and he does not take this new job?

Also, keep praying for me that my job gets better and I stay in my position or that I find a new job soon.
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