God is BIGGER than All of Our Problems -- We Need to Pray and TRUST HIM! Plus: Thoughts on Today's Gospel Reading Luke 10: 13-16

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Good Afternoon Amici (friends),

In today's reading in the Psalms, I just could not help but feel a connection between the words and the state of America at this point in time. What do you think as you read the following?

Bring us back, O God!
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!
How much longer, Lord God Almighty, will you be angry
with your people's prayers?
. . .
You have given us sorrow to eat, a large cup of tears to drink,
our enemies insult us.
Bring us back, Almighty God!
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!
. . .
Turn to us Almighty God!
Look down from heaven at us; come and save your people!
Come and save this grapevine that you planted,
this young vine you made grow so strong!
Our enemies have set it on fire and cut it down;
look at them in anger and destroy them!
. . .
Preserve and protect the people you have chosen,
the nation you made so strong.
We will never turn away from you again;
keep us alive, and we will praise you.
Psalm 80

and in PHILIPPIANS 4: 6-9 we continue to read:

"Don't worry about anything,
but in ALL your prayers ask God for what you need,
always asking Him with a thankful heart.
And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding,
will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Jesus Christ
. . .
Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise:
things that are true (honest), noble, pure, lovely,
virtuous, and honorable (worthy of praise).
. . .
Put into practice what you learned and received from me,
both from my words and from my actions.
And the God who gives us peace will be with you."
Phil 4: 6-9
. . .

Recently my husband was overcome with despair for quite a long time (I'm talking about weeks and months). Finally, I just had to ask what was wrong?!?!?!

He said that at age 65, he though that he would be in a more secure financial position as he approaches his golden years.

I offered my understanding, yet had to point out to him how blessed we are in that we have not lost our jobs (in education), that we have our home, a loving marriage, a loving and healthy family with the same blessings.

Yes, there are problems looming around us in America. And yes, people are filled with anxiety, stress, and even depression.

But isn't there something that you can see around you that God has blessed you with so that you can express GRATITUDE for? People would be so surprised if they practice gratitude and trust in the Lord. I know that it really helps me stay away from dread, worry, and "stinkin thinkin" that the devil enjoys seeing us feel.

Blessings to you this glorious Sunday in October!

~ Bella

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In today's reading from Sacred Sripture, we read about our Call to evangelize for our Lord.

Our Lord said, "Whoever listens to you, listens to me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. And whoever rejects me, rejects the One who sent me."

After contemplating on these words, I read the "Meditation of the Day" from the current issue of "Magnificat". We are reminded of the CATHOLIC CHURCH'S "entire mission": TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL. . . TO EVANGELIZE through teaching and through our own words and actions!

Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to share the Gospel.

The PRIMARY MOTIVE to evangelize is "the love of Christ for ETERNAL SALVATION for ALL!" We do not do this through force upon others, but by the POWER of the Word of God in our teaching, through works of 'public relevance', and by personal witnessing . . . word and witness go hand in hand in our efforts.

Finally, "EVERYWHERE and ALWAYS, every Catholic has the RIGHT and the DUTY to give the witness and the full PROCLAMATION of the Catholic Faith."

Excerpts taken from Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization

As Francis Fernandez states in "In Conversation with God" (Friday, Week 26 Ordinary Time): God is not at fault when people do not have or accept the Faith. It is the 'unreadiness' of those individuals, their 'hardness of heart', their lack of desire, possibly their unwillingness to overcome a personal defect or shortcoming.

Just some thoughts to remember and reflect upon as Catholics!

Have a blessed day!

~ Bella

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