I Thirst

This is a reflection by Mother Teresa of Calcutta entitled, “I Thirst for You”. I hope you all enjoy.

Imagine Jesus saying these words to you:

I Thirst for You…

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” (Rev. 3:20)

It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.

I want you to know that whenever you invite Me, I do come—-always, without fail. Silent and unseen I come, but with infinite power and love, and bringing the many gifts of My Spirit. I come with My mercy, with My desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you beyond your comprehension—-a love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father; “As much as the Father loved Me, I have loved you…” (Jn. 15:9)

I come—-longing to console you and give you strength, to lift you up and bind all your wounds. I bring you My light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with My power, that I might carry you and all your burdens; with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life; and My peace I give to still your soul.

I know you through and through. I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you—-even in your wanderings. I know every one of your problems. I know your needs and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I love you—-not for what you have or haven’t done—-I love you for you, for the beauty and dignity my Father gave you by creating you in His own image. It is a dignity you have often forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by sin. But I love you as you are, and I have shed My Blood to win you back.

If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and all its destructive power. I know what is in your heart—-I know your loneliness and all your hurts—-the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations, I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory.

I know especially your need for love—-how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passing pleasures—-with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? “Come to Me all you who thirst…” (Jn. 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine—-to the point of dying on the cross for you.

I Thirst for You. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you—-that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials: I THIRST FOR YOU.

You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give Me your life—-and I will prove to you how important you are to My Heart.

Don’t you realize that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life—-and I will. I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why would I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU. All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest. Even now I behold the place My Father has prepared for you in My Kingdom. Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey home.

Sin can never satisfy you, or bring the peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of Me has only left you more empty, so do not cling to the things of this life. Above all, do not run from Me when you fall. Come to Me without delay. When you give Me your sins, you give Me the joy of being your Savior.

There is nothing I cannot forgive and heal; so come now, and unburden your soul. No matter how far you may wander, no matter how often you forget Me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life; there is one thing I want you to always remember, one thing that will never change. I THIRST FOR YOU—-just as you are.

You don’t need to change to believe in My love, for it will be your belief in My love that will change you. You forget Me, and yet I am seeking you every moment of the day—-standing at the door of your heart and knocking. Do you find this hard to believe? Then look at the cross, look at My Heart that was pierced for you. Have you not understood My cross? Then listen again to the words I spoke there—-for they tell you clearly why I endured all this for you: “I THIRST…” (Jn. 19:28).

Yes, I THIRST FOR YOU—-as the rest of the psalm-verse I was praying says of Me: “I looked for someone to console me and I found none…” (Ps. 69:20). All your life I have been looking for your love—-I have never stopped seeking to love you and be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search for happiness; why not try opening your heart to Me, right now, more than you have ever done before.

Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit: “No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake. Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and your needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU…” -Mother Teresa of Calcutta

With Christ in mind,
Faustina Bernadette

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Father Forgive Me For My Awkward Sins

We all sin. We all aren’t perfect. That’s why Jesus gave us the gift of confession! Confession is amazing,but sometimes when we go through an examination of conscience,we come across those sins that are awkward to confess. For example, I had a boyfriend and we “passionately kissed” and I knew I had to confess it, but for me it was sooo awkward. I was like how do I tell this man who is celibate that I was passionately kissing my boyfriend. I was thinking to myself “Umm if I confess this then I’m going to just say it in the middle so he doesn’t really notice it.” I was really freaking out. So I went into the confessional and I was confessing my sins,and then I said it. And guess what? The priest treated that sin like any other sin. It ended up not being that awkward, and you know what? I was forgiven. So if you come across an awkward sin like passionately kissing, masturbation, having lustful thoughts,or anything else you think is awkward, don’t be afraid to confess it!! Don’t worry if you think it’s awkward, it’s probably only awkward to you. The priest has heard lots of sins,and the sin that you think is awkward he’s probably heard many times before! It’s actually a sin to purposely leave out a sin during confession!! Don’t be afraid to confess those awkward sins!!

“The confessional is not a torture chamber but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better.” -Pope Francis

“In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You.”
–St. Augustine

“At the time of your examination(of sins) beware of the devil that ties your tongue.”
–Saint Josemaria Escriva

Much Love,
Angie

Forgiveness – John 8:1-11

Hey everyone! Let’s talk about forgiveness! This post will be based off of John 8:1-11, so get out your Bibles and read along!

Jesus was traveling through the temple courts one day when people surrounded him, as they normally did. Teachers and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus. She was an adulteress, they said. The Pharisees stood around Jesus and the woman shouting that they should stone her because the law of Moses said to stone a woman who commits adultery. However, Jesus knew that the Pharisees were trying to trick him and prove him wrong. So, Jesus bent in the sand at the woman’s feet, and started writing on the ground, ignoring the men around him. When they kept questioning Jesus, Jesus stood up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again, Jesus knelt in the sand. After this, the men surrounding Jesus and the woman began to leave one by one, the oldest men leaving first. When it was only Jesus and the woman still present in the temple courts, Jesus stood up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ The woman told Jesus no. Then, Jesus declared, ‘Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:1-11)
The forgiveness Jesus shows to his children flows off the pages in this passage from John. During this time all the Pharisees were trying to prove Jesus wrong. But oh did Jesus show them! This woman had committed a sin that was almost worse than murder, adultery. But Jesus didn’t care. In fact he knelt in front of her, showing a sign of respect to her. In his eyes, she was just another child of his that he needed to save. When Jesus said ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her’ he is making it impossible for them to stone her. None of them were without sin, except Jesus. The woman only had Jesus to condemn her, and he didn’t. He told her to go live her life without sin.

Jesus calls us to live our lives without sin every day. By his death on the cross we were forgiven, our sins were turned from crimson to white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus forgives every one of our inequities because he loves us. And we can do the same.

Jesus also calls us to forgive others. If Jesus could forgive us, and die for us, then we can forgive the people around us, because they deserve just as much. Jesus bestows forgiveness on us; it’s a gift. We must cherish it.

All Saints Day, All Souls Day and Our Holy Obligation

All Saints Day (Solemnity of all Saints) is a time to honor all saints, known and unknown. The occasion arose in the early Christian tradition from the honoring of martyrs every year on the day they were martyred. Towards the end of the Roman Empire, martyrdoms  increased and to allow honoring of all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, All Saints Days was created. Today, we celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st and this is, in the Catholic Church, a Holy Day of obligation. So what is a day of obligation? You guessed it, it’s a day to go to mass to show our honor and respect for all those saints! We should all make an effort to attend Mass on these days of obligation, not because we have to, but because we want to. We should want to show our appreciation to the saints who have prayed for us and guided us throughout our life.

Here’s a great article:

http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/All_Saints_Day.htm

All Souls Day is celebrated on….TODAY!!!! yay! Be sure to set aside some time to faithfully pray for those souls who have departed and have not been purified and reached Heaven. “The Church, after rejoicing yesterday with those of her children who have entered the glory of heaven, today prays for all those who, in the purifying suffering of purgatory await the day when they will be joined to the company of saints. At no place in the liturgy is stated in more striking fashion the mysterious union between the Church triumphant, the Church militant and the Church suffering; at no time is there accomplished in clearer fashion the twofold duty of charity and justice deriving for every Christian from the fact of his incorporation in the mystical Body of Christ. ” Jesus has grated us so much joy and on these two days, it’s time we shared that joy for our departed brothers and sisters!

As always, stay blessed and stay loved!

-Michael

Our Lady of the Rosary

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. The feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was initiated by Pope Pius V to celebrate and thank God for the fact that, through the power of the rosary, the Turkish fleet was defeated and the threat of Muslim domination of the Mediterranean was over in 1716.The power of the rosary is amazing! The rosary is such a beautiful way of meditating on the gospel. The rosary is so powerful,and should be prayed often. Today when you are saying your rosary , don’t rush through it, really take time and meditate extensively on each mystery. If you don’t know how to pray the rosary, I suggest you download the Laudate app, it goes step by step through the rosary.We also have a post on how to say the rosary. Pray the rosary today!

“Give me an army praying the rosary and I will conquer the world”- Blessed Pope Pius IX

“The rosary is the most powerful weapon. Use it with confidence,and you’ll be amazed at the results.”- St. Josemaria Escriva

“The rosary is the prayer that touches the heart of the Mother of God.”- Pope Pius X

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St. Faustina

Happy feast day of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska!! This is a blurb from ewtn about her:

On October 5, 1938, a young religious by the name Sister Faustina died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She came from a very poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible years of WWI. Sister had had only three years of very simple education. Hers were the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as a porter.

On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:

“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord
Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing,
the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening
of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one
red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord;
my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After
a while Jesus said to me, ‘paint an image according to the pattern
you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'”

Some time later, Our Lord again spoke to her:

“The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous;
the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These
two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at
that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the
Cross….Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for
the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.”

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Hebrews 13:5

“For He Himself has said, “I will not abandon you, and I will not neglect you.” (Hebrews 13:5).

This is one of my personal favorite bible quotes! This is one of my favorites because it’s comforting knowing that God will never leave me and will always be here for me. He loves us so much,it’s crazy to even think about how much He love us! He’ll never leave your side! You’re never alone or have to face any battle alone because God will be with you ever step of the way! “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.” – St. Augustine. Wow, how amazing is that?! Never for a second doubt that God loves you because no matter where you are now,and how distant you feel from Him, He still loves you ,and you still have time to go to confession and repent for those sins! God loves you,and want you to be in heaven with Him! Always remember every saint had a past and every sinner has a future! God loves you soo much never forget that!
Much Love,
Angie