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Who Then Is This Whom Even Wind and Sea Obey

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Run Time: 14:39.  Gospel: Mk 4:35-41.

[St. Ignatius of Loyola’s] advice – which is very timely – is also good, good reminder. He said that every true Christian should pray as if everything depended on God, but work as if everything depended upon himself. Now this may sound like a contradiction, and in fact we have to make one slight clarification, because we cannot imply, or infer in this that there is anything we can do that will merit salvation. We cannot buy our eternal happiness. But it is this coupling, rather, of dependence upon God and His Providence and using our intelligence – which is also a gift of God – that makes us human. To pray as if everything depended upon the Almighty One, but to work with the gifts that we have as if everything depended upon ourselves.


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Run Time: 11:30.  Gospel: Jn 12:20-33.

The more that we experience Christ as our Savior, the more we will experience the abundant life, the interior peace, the freedom of being His sons and daughters, wisdom, strength, and the meaning that comes from this.  The list should sound familiar; it should resemble the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Our Idea of God

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Run Time: 10:01.  Gospel: Lk 2:1-14.

We are surrounded by this distorted idea of God – all around us.  And unless we put a good filter in place, these distorted ideas will seep into our minds and interfere with our relationship with God.  The one relationship that makes or breaks our happiness.  And this filter comes from taking an initiative to fill our minds with the robust and vibrant right ideas about God.  And when we do so we become like lights in the darkness, just like the candles we see burning at Mass.

Mary, Our Model to Follow Christ

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Run Time: 8:06.  Gospel: Lk 1:26-38.

So then, how can we avoid presumption, laziness, stress, depression, or even obsession with details?  The answer, of course, is to be found through prayer.  It seems to me that Mary’s response to the angel – although Luke records that she pondered this in her heart – very little time passed before she made a decision.  And this is only possible because she knew God in a very intimate way, and recognized what He was asking.  It is through prayer that we remain open to God’s prompting through the Holy Spirit.  It is through prayer that God gives us an open channel of communication to our souls so that He can send us whatever we need most, whether it’s courage, or comfort, or even fortitude.