In our hyper divided nation where people get so angry at their opponents or even people on the street or grocery line, the below daily reflection, really struck a chord with me. The human reaction to our enemies or opponents is to get even, or to destroy them in some way, but God’s way is to heal, and forgive, to bring our enemies into the fold. The apostles were not so different from us. When they wanted to pass through a Samaritan town, and the Samaritans refused to give the disciples entrance to pass through, one of Jesus’ disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven to smite the Samaritans. Jesus told them to hold off. Jesus had a different plan in mind for them.
The story made me thing of today’s culture. How often do we react this same way? I could easily see myself reacting the same way as the disciples did. How quickly we react with our human instincts to rebel, fight back, or try to “get even” with those who oppose us. Rather God calls us to pray for our enemies and treat them as we would a fellow Christian or family member. No one is lost in God’s eyes, even though from our perspective our enemies seem like a lost cause.
The scripture below comes to mind.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55: 8-9)
The below story CLEARLY demonstrates this and it gives me pause to consider how quickly we can all be to act with our human instincts rather than to operate by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit to be God’s hands and feet in this divided world.
RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT: A POST-ABORTION HEALING RETREAT – BRIE ANNE VARICK, COORDINATOR OF THE OFFICE OF HUMAN LIFE & DIGNITY FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS, TALKS WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY ABOUT THE POST ABORTION HEALING RETREAT CALLED RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT ON JULY 31-AUG. 2. FOR DETAILS THE WEBPAGE IS WWW.RACHELSVINEYARD.ORG, AND AN EMAIL ADDRESS IS [email protected]. PHONE NUMBER IS 317-452-0054
EXPLORING THE 5 STAGES OF MARRIAGE – OUR GUEST MICHAEL O’CONNELL, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST WITH JOYFUL COUNSELING TALKS WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY ABOUT THE 5 STAGES OF MARRIAGE AND HOW COUPLES CAN RECOGNIZE THEM AND KEEP THEIR MARRIAGE THRIVING. FOR DETAILS ABOUT JOYFUL COUNSELING THE WEBPAGE IS JOYFULCOUNSELINGINDY.COM
PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION: A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE – OUR GUEST JONATHAN CHAMBLEE, A COUNSELOR WITH CENTRAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES IN INDIANAPOLIS TALK WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION, THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM, PREVENTION AND RECOVERY. THE CENTRAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES WEBPAGE IS WWW.CENTRALPSYCHSERVICES.COM/
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Here is a free book to help you navigate these trials and put them into perspective.
The Libreria Editrice Vaticana and the Dicastery for Communication have published a free 192-page digital book entitled Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – A Support in Time of Trial. It is a collection of Pope Francis’ homilies, prayers, and messages. You can access the book from the Vatican News web site.
Freedom. Sometimes you hear or watch something that is just fantastic. Here is one of those instances when I want to pass along a very good teaching about exploring the types of prison people put themselves in, and how to get out. Would you like a get out of jail free card?
Below is a podcast from Presentation Ministries, by Father Al Lauer, who offers great insights into getting free!!
DESCRIPTION: OUR GUESTS CHRISTINE TURO-SHIELDS, LISA THIBAULT, AND HAYLEY MOSSON TALK WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO-HOSTS BRIGID AYER AND KENT BLANDFORD, ABOUT RESOURCES & SUPPORTS FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUICIDE LOSS SURVIVORS, AND AN UPCOMING SERIES AT OUR LADY OF FATIMA. RETREAT HOUSE. FOR DETAILS ABOUT SUICIDE LOSS GROUPS & RESOURCES LOCALLY & AROUND THE STATE, YOU CAN GOT TO THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (AFSP) WEBSITE IS WWW.AFSP.ORG FOR DETAILS ON THE FATIMA RETREAT HOUSE SERIES THE WEBPAGE IS HTTPS://WWW.ARCHINDY.ORG/FATIMA/
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