Lent Day 8 – Resisting the Lordship of God

by Bishop Robert Barron


The past few days we have looked at the temptation of Jesus in the desert. All temptations have one thing in common: they entice us to resist the Lordship of God in our lives.

The first human temptation began with the Great Lie in the Garden of Eden, the lie that says we can live our best life outside the rules of God. It suggests that we need total autonomy to be happy. We know this temptation well.

Likewise, the three temptations Jesus faced in the desert are temptations we all face. They’re not exactly the same, of course, but his temptations represent three classic ways that we resist the Lordship of God in our lives.

First, we place sensual pleasure at the center of our concerns. We make eating, drinking, and sex our dominant concerns. But this is a mistake, for only God can legitimately fill that central position. This is why Jesus must confront this temptation, feeling its full weight, and then resist it for us.

Next, we are tempted by power. From political dictators to tyrants within families and friendships, power is alluring. This is the temptation Jesus faces as he is brought to the highest mountain and offered all the kingdoms of the world. Once more, on our behalf, acting for us, Jesus resists this temptation.

Finally, we tend to place honor in that central position. We want a high reputation, we want to be seen by everyone, admired and thought highly of. This is the temptation Jesus faces when he is taken to the parapet of the Temple, the highest place in the society of his time, the place of supreme visibility. And, for the third time, Jesus confronts and resists this temptation for us.

Today, I ask you to reflect on where you are right now. What are you doing in the garden of your life? Who is luring you and how? Are you buying into the Big Lie?

Where are you in desert? How do you stand up to the three great temptations: to sensual pleasure, to honor, and to power?

   

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  • Vilma

    Thought provoking as usual! Today I will contemplate where I stand in the desert! http://www.shepherdoffaith.com

  • Becky

    It is all connected the the Virtue of Humility! I too have been placed at the forefront of ministry. And get really uncomfortable when someone comes to me and says ” you are doing such a good job”!
    I always come back and say it is all for….HIS GLORY….not mine.
    Sometimes I just want to say in the background….but I must trust that it was God who desired for me to be there! It is always a struggle in preparation for our gatherings to know I must stand in the front of these 45 Women who come to serve. WHO am I….but putty in the hands of the Master! I must allow him to use me as the instrument he needs me to be and serve him in humility! And in the process be open to what HE is teaching me…..Humility Love Chairty.
    God Bless You All

  • Rita Tate LeDoux

    I fight wanting to be admired! I am a lector at Mass and am often told I read well, especially by the hard of hearing. I read yesterday for our new pastor and after Mass he called me back as I was leaving and started this way: “you read beautifully…” Those are a pause! I said “but I hear a ‘but’ in there.” He then asked me to read more slowly and pause between the first reading and responsorial recitation! I asked if a Glory Be pause would be long enough and he smiled and said that was good. That restored my pride! There it was! On retrospect, I thought “that was God” teaching and testing me!!’

  • Kathleen N

    Nicely said, our motives are never completely pure, it’s part of our humanity. That’s why we need to keep putting it all back in God’s hands.

  • Sonia T. Gurdian-Aponte

    I try to think if myself as a straw or an electrical wire. We are only the media that God uses to teach, console, love, forgive others. The emptier we feel the more room there is for Him to work “through us” in our neighbors’ lives. We are His hands, and His voice, His touch, His smile for those who have not seen Him. We are inanimated, lifeless, on hold, empty with out Him. But with The Lord, we are actually very useful! like a straw to drink, or a wire to conduct electricity.

  • ber

    We are all tempted on our weakest point we fall and get up again making us stronger but humble God I think gives us gifts and to fail to use them would be a sin against humility if we are in tune with God I believe the holy spirit will instruct. Us when we get too proud the devil lulls us into believing all is well that is when I fail but doing so I call upon the lord to forgive and start again it has being my failures that has tught. Me the most the saints rejoiced when rejected it is in knowing we are dust and dust we will return the battle remains until our last breath only then can we say it is finished like St Paul I have run the race I have kept the faith

  • Màire Ní Bhroin

    As an artist/photographer, it is always a temptation to do what is “in”, “hip” or popular to sell a work, so I continue my struggle in the desert, resting in the assurance that God will look after me as long as I resist these real temptations and continue with my spiritual artwork with a Christian perspective. I often go into a gallery and see that many owners give preference to Wiccan, Atheistic or Satanic artwork, but, I refuse to go that route to be more popular, through the grace of God. Sometimes, I am chosen to exhibit side by side with people who are of Wiccan, Satanic or Atheistic beliefs and I say to myself, maybe one of these people will find God through my work or perhaps someone who likes their work will have a coversion to God through my work being displayed in this same space. In today’s world we all have many temptations at work, in our private lives etc. no matter what profession we may persue. Everyone can relate to Jesus’s struggle and example to us to resist temptation and never forgo our beliefs just to fit in. Another great reflection Father Baron.

    • that florida lady

      I AM getting real here. I have also done this work. Isn’t there a creative way to do Christian work and make them like it? I live near Sarasota, Fl the artsy town. I ignore those people. Do not do what you think you should do but twist it to make them like Christianity in an another viewpoint that they haven’t thought of YET. Check out nature. Here. http://tinyurl.com/h2hcjd5 This is a guy who is doing this. He started doing this after his son died.

      • that florida lady

        Don’t make a drama of it all and it won’t be problem.

      • Màire Ní Bhroin

        Very beautiful photography, thx for the link. I think you are saying absolute realism is the only way to express Christianity, but I beg to differ. The beautiful art and stained glass of Chagall, Matisse and works by Dali, Van Gogh and other artists prove otherwise. I do not think I “twist” my art into a way Christians haven’t thought of yet, like the aforementioned artists did, but, I aspire to. That, too me is the door of inspiration (and conversion)ie. pouring new wine into new wineskins. I am also reiterating my stand. Do not go against your beliefs, style and vision, just to be sold or popular. Thx for the feedback. Peace!:)

        • that florida lady

          My point Do you live in Ireland? Ok. wow gorgeous place. Mixed media? Come to Florida and visit. Prayer ma’am. :) Uh, I am 67% Irish. LOL

          • Màire Ní Bhroin

            No, I am Canadian & 3/4 Irish & 1/4 Dutch. My family originally landed in America but, ended up in the Great White North! LOL
            Yes, I do mixed media. You know what Marshall McLuhan famously said -” the media is the message”.LOL
            Thx for the invite to Florida, maybe I’ll visit one day. I know it is very beautiful there.Yes, indeed, I will work and pray as the nun’s used to say. “Ora et labora”! Thx 4 good advice. Nice to hear from a fellow Irish descendant. Slaínte & God bless!:)

        • that florida lady

          Who says you have to go against your beliefs? Cool the drama. Stop being scrupulous and just be creative. Realize God’s presence everywhere. He was even present before the monks and St Pat showed up. Got that? I am rolling my eyes at the unnecessary drama.

          • Màire Ní Bhroin

            LOL, that Florida lady I am glad I made you “roll your eyes”. Better to get a reaction and strike a cord in you as it is really necessary for any dialogue on the topiv. I meant not to be a “drama queen”, merely reflecting my thoughts on the topic of temptation. In my chosen field there is always that temptation to be commercial, but, maybe not for you. Being creative is essential I agree, but reflecting core spiritual values is also essential to me . Thx again for the feedback! Have a great day!:)

    • Anton D

      I came across this article, thought of sharing it.

      ‘G.K. Chesterton and the Use of the Imagination.’ by Dale Ahlquist
      “Art, like love, is not for ourselves alone. It is first for God, and then for our neighbor. The greatest art helps lift our neighbors to God, even our neighbors who have not been born yet. It is not a passing thrill, but an inspiration for the ages.”
      “The trumpet of imagination,” says Chesterton, “like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their graves.”

      here is the link:
      http://dappledthings.org/90/g-k-chesterton-and-the-use-of-the-imagination/

      • that florida lady

        Also you must consider the source as to what is hip or popular. So, who I saying this?

  • concerned citizen

    That is a good question to ask, Scottie. One that we should ask ourselves every now and then. It may help to pray the Litany of Humility every so often.

    O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

    From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of being loved…
    From the desire of being extolled …
    From the desire of being honored …
    From the desire of being praised …
    From the desire of being preferred to others…
    From the desire of being consulted …
    From the desire of being approved …
    From the fear of being humiliated …
    From the fear of being despised…
    From the fear of suffering rebukes …
    From the fear of being calumniated …
    From the fear of being forgotten …
    From the fear of being ridiculed …
    From the fear of being wronged …
    From the fear of being suspected …

    That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

    That others may be esteemed more than I …
    That, in the opinion of the world,
    others may increase and I may decrease …
    That others may be chosen and I set aside …
    That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
    That others may be preferred to me in everything…
    That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

  • William John Meegan

    That is a good summing up of the Three Temptations: i.e. you are either in the garden or in the desert. Nope, there is no gray area. You are either with God or against him. I think that most people have chosen and have made up their minds that is why Hell (materialistic civilization) is so over crowded. That is why Satan (Ego) the pipe-piper of evil is dancing in the streets of civilization. The unleashed Ego (Satan) is a very happy and exuberant celebrant.

  • Mary

    I think you should return and offer your feelings as a sacrifice. I share some of your own feelings, the butchering of words etc. I just ask the Holy Spirit to help me do my best for God

  • concerned citizen

    Scottie, we should remember that temptation by itself is not a sin. So when this temptation of wanting to be admired starts getting into your head, simply pray to Jesus and ask Him to drive away these vain thoughts from your mind. And then continue doing what you have been doing to help people. You see the devil is doing this to discourage you from what you are doing. He knows what you are doing is good and so now he is telling you to stop doing it because you are only doing it to seek admiration. He was doing the same thing to St. Faustina. So ignore the temptation and just keep offering to God all your works.

  • Joseph T. Garcia

    ” Open the ‘DOOR” to ‘Mercy’ ” , Practice in your daily ‘WALK’ , the ‘Corporal ‘ and ‘Spiritual ‘ works of ‘Mercy ‘ . In this way you avoid ‘Sin’ in daily life .

  • Gloria La Bella

    May God’s grace abound in the face of evil. We are tempted daily by the world, the flesh and the devil. We have the power of God which is greater than any evil before us.

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    The first temptation Adam should have trusted in God not in what Eve said, what Satan said. He was the Head of all the Human race. What Adam lost for us was the the attachment of the Human Will to the Divine Will. It has been over 2 thousand years sent the redemption, Jesus is now offering the ability to reconnect a Him. Luisa Piccerreta (Little daughter of the Divine Will) has completed what Adam was mean to complete. She is up for Canonization so all of the 36 volume’s Jesus and Mary gave to her in the Mystical writing are enclosed in the Vatican until the Canonization takes place. As you pray give your Human Will back to Jesus And ask Mary to give you Jesus Divine Will to Pray in unity with Him everyday. You will soon become more centered, you will find a Peace few know, a Understanding that helps you with everything Love, Patience, Prayer ( your prayer life will open up) you will become aware that we are all connected. Praying for all Soul’s is a priority. Your ability to recess temptation is stronger, if you fall go to confession and start over.

  • William John Meegan

    I know what you mean. There is this guy on twitter that is constantly telling everybody how great he is. He was an Air force Officer and A CIA intelligence security officer and he got many awards and now he’s retired. He can’t help putting up on twitter these awards and constantly repeating himself, I guess to get the accolades. I twitter him and tell him how disgusting he is. That does not put a damper on his egocentric conduct. I think he has an automatic backslapping machine telling him how great he is as the robotic hand pats him on the back as he goes through life.

    I once did something very dangerous battling the government for my sister and was extremely successful in my endeavors. My mother was very perplexed as to why I did it, I think she knew all the time my motivations; but she kept asking why for more than fifteen years and I would not tell her. I kept silent; but, she kept asking and finally I told her what I didn’t want to explain to her. The same problem that had happened to my sister happened to my mother thirty-five years before and there was no one there to help her. I should have remained silent for she died within a year In June just before 911. My sin was in telling her what she already knew and I had confirmed it. What I told her was that I never-ever forgot my youth and that my younger sister ignorant of that past did not deserved to go through that quagmire of governmental interference.

  • concerned citizen

    When Jesus came to earth, He showed to all of us that wealth, power and fame were meaningless to Him. He is the Creator of the Universe and could have been born in the most lavished palace and yet He was born in a humble manger fitted for animals, had lowly parents and lived a life of poverty. He is the King of Kings, and yet He was crucified on the cross instead of sitting on a throne. He could have asked His angels to make the people bow before Him yet He allowed Himself to be mocked, humiliated, cursed, and abandoned.

  • that florida lady

    Where am I in the desert? NO canned answer there. I live in Florida. There is no desert. Until I visited one, I couldn’t understand what a desert was. I live near the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of Florida. Lent could be a location joke. This Lent thing seems so non creative and so forced. Sorry but I am not going to beat myself up like the people who come here and do so. Watching them do so is my cross. So for me, Lent is asking God on a daily basis what I must do. Yes, I get an answer and don’t have to pray from a dry holy card or a dry book that I so think I should pray or do because it looks “Lenty”. Maybe being real is a gift.

  • that florida lady

    Also doing all these holy card and dry book thing is like supposed to be the end all to be all? Sorry but I don’t get that. Living here can be a cross because most of the stuff you all think is soooo lenty is boring as bleep to me. Most of that stuff I have read already. We haven’t died in a pew in a church where’s there’s snow outside. Sorry… my Lent is trying to be more alive than that and to help others.

  • Chivas Dudley

    remove the mirror in you eyes.

  • mistypoint

    Fantastic Lenten reflections!

  • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

    Hi Vivian,

    You have ‘en blessed with wisdom by the Holy Spirit. A compliment can be a blessing, in your case, to share the Word of God but the down side is “letting the evil one draw you away from giving God credit and slowly drawing you into the illusion that it was your words and not the Holy Spirit speaking thru you.

    As you mentioned seeking a different direction is one avenue but you should remember the Lord gave you this gift of speaking to draw people to Himself, through you.

    You have the right approach! Pray before you say! The prophets delt with rejection, ridicule, the jealousy of others, who would have probably “glotted” from the praises if others!

    As for me, my privacy is time I spend with family and God trying to help others without drawing attention. Often times I have been questioned as to why I do that and not asking anything in return other than prayers for others. I would be asked, “why are you doing this or that”, what do you want in return”? When you tell them nothing many fall short of calling me a liar, that “nobody does something for someone else for nothing”!

    When I pray over people God blesses them. How, I don’t often know. Many times they rdcieve a healing or comfort or peace on the spot. Sometimes I feel this and other times they tell me they felt it. When they thank me, I am quick to remind them that it was not me wanting to pray over them but that it was the Lord prompting me to do so and that what happened at that moment was His doing, not mine! I had a fellow prayer warrior who had such a gift and it went to his head, As a result, rather then the Lord letting him fall deeper into the grip of the evil one, He took the gift away. This person was so affected by what God did that he soon came to resize that he was nothing without God. After many months of asking Gods forgiveness and prayer God restored the gift.

    Many times we are type casted as “thinking we are better tan others”, when we’re not and often causes us to back off from using our gifts for fear of ridicule. That is not why God gives those gifts.
    Seek guidence of the Holy Spirit always and everywhere. When in doubt as to who is putting such thoughts in your head, asked the Holy Spirit for conformation. He is not offended by your asking but welcomes it.

    Peace,

    Michael

    The Prayer Warrior

    • Geraldine (Gerry) Novotny

      Michael, I’m the average housewife. I’m not a professional teacher, church decorator, business woman, coordinator for adoration, etc. but I’ve done all the above years ago and just loved being so involved in my church. I taught religious ed, decorated the church for many years, ran the gift shop, etc. At bible study years ago, I said I wondered if I was just a fraud! Seriously. I ALWAYS thanked Jesus in whatever I had accomplished but still doubted myself. However, I didn’t explicitly ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit so now I’m thinking that maybe the devil used this opening to cause me to think my good works were not genuine?

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Hi Gerri,

        The Holy Spirit guided you, is guiding you and will continue to guide. Your gifts are many and you perform them with great love and care, and I am sure you are doing exactly what the Lord intended you to do.

        A gift from God can be rejected or accepted. You choose to do what few do or choose to do. It was your hands, that cleaned the church, your lips that taught others about God and so on. God gave you the means to do these things.

        When I was a kid, in the 50’s , my mother along with other wimen, cleaned the church. The sad thing for me and others was that it was the same women every week. Others could have taken their turn, but didn’t and I can guess why.
        They didn’t always get thank you’s from others in the parish BUT they did from God!!!
        Gerri, what you did, are doing and will do is genuine because you heard God “calling you in the night”. You knelt before the Lord and said, “Here I am Lord, it is I Lord, what is it you ask of me”?
        So many people try to do “only what they want, not what God asked them to do”! Many times the simplest of jobs are the most pleasing to the Lord because you did what He asked of you!

        We all cannot be great in the eyes of the world but it is not the world we are pleasing. It is the One Who created the world.

        Peace and prayers,

        Michael

  • Krista

    I’d make a lengthy comment, but it would only be to have my words out there for people to read and make me feel that I’m good for contributing. I’ve really nothing to say.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Krista,

      Sometimes it is better just to listen. Could be that someone has something to say that you needed to hear.

      Peace and prayers,

      The Prayer Warrior

  • concerned citizen

    Florence, I agree with Mr. Nouwen. Everything we do should be for the greater glory of God and good of mankind. And we should be a man for others. This is the philosophy of St. Ignatius de Loyola. If ever we end up acquiring wealth, power and fame that is just incidental and should be used as a means of helping other people and not as an end in itself.

  • Colin

    Florence Ouzts,
    What role if any do you think/feel you can play in helping your siblings realize that they are all in the same boat and that they have just waited the last 3 years of their lives, instead of spending quality time supporting , encouraging and helping each other on this pilgrimage to final destination ?

    Thanks

    Colin

  • concerned citizen

    Amen to that. Viv. But it would be also good that whenever there is a temptation to take delight in thoughts of how wise we are, or how good we are, to pray to God to drive away these thoughts. After all, all our gifts came from Him and are not really ours. So there is nothing to brag about but only something to be thankful for.

  • concerned citizen

    Amen to that Janice and the best example to emulate is our Blessed Mother and her Magnificat.

  • concerned citizen

    I agree Beth. Wealth, power and fame should only be the means to help other people and bring glory to God. It should never be the ends by themselves. And if by chance, we acquire wealth, power and fame, we remember that they all came from God and that we are just stewards of the goods and should use them for His glory and for the good of the community.

  • Gary

    St. Paul writes in the book of Galatians 5:16-18 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. We are no longer under law but under God’s grace. We are to live joyful, Holy, victorious lives. Jesus did not leave us alone. He put the seal of approval on us with the Holy Spirit. Satan was defeated at the cross. A heart filled with the love of God in Christ Jesus in is a Joyful, loving and giving Heart. Jesus is SAVIOR, KING AND LORD. I prefer to live in The GARDEN and not the desert.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    I have only begun taking Lent seriously over the past few years (which coincided with new faith). Reflecting on the three temptations, the sensuals and honor stick out the most for me. I am finally getting to a place where the sensuals are not controlling my life anymore. The honor I am getting better. I try to, not so much, to hide my good deeds,but to keep them as private as possible. Same thing with praying, fasting, etc…

    I never been prouder to be a Catholic in today’s society, but then I start to wonder if this pride is also causing me.to be at ends with this world. We are called to be separte from this world (which will cause the world to hate us), but I feel compelled to really dig into some arguments when they come up (not start them, but I do finish them). Whatvare your thoughts about this? My fiancee got.upset with me because I get into debates about my faith with people (both online trolls from the Bishop’s youtube channel and even amongst actual friends. Please pray for me that my pride won’t distance me from.our Lord.

    • ky6ahka3ak

      This pride thing is something I’ve watched for in myself and ask for God’s help frequently in not allowing it to be my motivation in doing anything. I ask for help to not even appear prideful, as this may put people off from what I really want to do – share Christ and his Church.

      I’ve come to realize that sometimes I may mix the desire to do well (so as to be effective), with being prideful. I ask myself if what I’m doing and how I’m doing it, is for my glory, or for God’s. It seems more and more, it’s for God’s.

      I like the debates about faith, but I realize the purpose is to share my faith, and to try to understand others (to better share my faith), and not to win a debate. I would prefer if the other person would feel like they “won”, but at the same time think about what was said and reach the best conclusion.

      Feeling at odds with the world is typical for me, but I don’t think it’s pride, rather I think it’s simply because the way I try to live and what I believe is very different from most. Sometimes I get angry with the constant assault from all directions of the trash of this world, but remind myself that others are also God’s children, and he waits for them too, and many just don’t know any better. That’s where we humbly and gently show them if they will listen. Also, sometimes what we do speaks much louder than what we say.

  • Timothy L. Carvalho

    Good reflection. Really hits the heart of the matter. These Reflections keep me going every day in Lent and Advent.

  • Martin Saunders

    Now here is some good for for thought!……..

  • Deng

    Temptations to be aware of. They come and through prayers, belief, trust and faith with our GOD ALMIGHTY we can overcome them. This is a very good reflection . Thank you

  • Barbara

    God has given me a gift. Who would ever consider getting the flu a gift? I had all kinds of plans for how I was going to be going through Lent. But it all came to a screeching halt. There were meetings and many things I was to do – make an announcement after Communion and on and on… What it has gotten me in touch with is how I value myself for what I do; not who I am. I also realize that I want others to value me for what I do. Jesus, has helped me to see that he is in control and that I need to not just accept him but embrace him. My late husband used to say, when we were dancing, “Let me lead.” This is no different. I need to allow Jesus his place at the center of my life. He is my Lord and King of my heart. I must relinquish, surrender, let go of control… Jesus, thank you for your example. Help me to follow your lead.

    • Dude_Abides

      Beautifully stated Barbara and wonderful analogy with regards your late husband and Our Lord.
      Thank you for sharing.

  • Dude_Abides

    Amen Bro. Like capturing lightening in a bottle or containing mercury in the palm of your hand.
    “Humility is like underwear: We have to have it, but we should never show it. Pride is what we think ourselves to be; humility is the truth we know about ourselves, not in the eyes of our neighbor, but in the eyes of God.” Fulton J. Sheen
    When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble. Proverbs 11:2

  • Penelope

    Years ago I thought I was an “independent” woman, when in actuality, I was prideful – I used to think: I don’t need anyone’s help, I can do everything myself. I learned the hard way that it is easier to leave things in the Lord’s hands. Today I battle between praying for what I feel is best for my loved ones, and surrendering it all to God’s will – a real toughie for a wife/mother/grandmother who thinks she knows best! It’s like playing ping-pong sometimes, but with God’s Grace, I keep trying. My most well-used Scripture verse is: “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

    I know myself, and I know that I am weakest when I am vulnerable, so when my daughter-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, I made a commitment to do 3 things: to attend the Women’s Day Retreats offered monthly in our diocese; to invite two women I know to come to my home once a week to pray the rosary with me; and to join the prayer group that meets weekly near my home. These three decisions have been my saving grace.

    Today was our Women’s Day Retreat, and in my reflections I saw something in myself that I recognized again as that same sense of pride, thinking that I know best.

    And I saw something else. Sitting in quiet before the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord brought to my mind a day when I had spent time with my granddaughters at church. We were standing at one point in front of a large statue of Mary, she was holding the child Jesus in her arms, his arms stretched out. I asked my granddaughters what they felt Jesus might be saying to them. My then 7-year old granddaughter said, with great joy, “He wants a hug!”, and proceeded to try to climb up to give him a hug. Here they were, their mom sick, their lives upside down, and she didn’t ask Jesus for anything, but wanted to give him a hug.

    I was truly touched at this insight…and I prayed that I too could set my will aside to the Lord’s. Instead of barraging the Lord with my many needs, I prayed that I too could be gentle with Jesus, like my granddaughter, and give him the hug that he so deserves.

  • rtclovesmac

    While things seem better in some ways, I know I fall to each of these at different times.

    Power seeming to be the least of my concerns, the first is plays on my insecurities, and the third is my gift to Him, but since I do “see” Him, being appreciated by others fills the void with a hope that such gratitude is Zhim speaking through them.

    But my temptations serve to remind me and bring me back to Him.

    Such is the Wisdom, Metcy and Love.

  • Linda Dokey

    Help me Lord Jesus to serve only You. Amen

  • Terri Angelides

    Please tell me you don’t believe there was an actual garden and an actual Adam and Eve and that they were the first humans on earth. Can I still be a Catholic and not believe this?

  • Rosemaid

    I sometimes use this prayer as my examen.

  • rtclovesmac

    Terri,

    Don’t let your mind and pride blind you to the truth.

    Of course there was a first man and first woman.

    And I submit there were others but they are the first.

    Remember the story in the Bible comes from the point of view of God’s Chosen people, thus all we are given is from that perspective.

    The Church teaches that all of us came from the two of them. It also teaches we are we are adopted sons and daughters and brothers of our Lord.

    He spoke to His people in Parables, and the Apostles with Wisdom, Understanding and Empathy.

    My point, all is truth yet given to us as we can bear.