The healing Mass is such a powerful display of God's love and awesome power. I thought I knew God and myself until I found that I truly knew neither. I searched for my soul with limited success because I searched selfishly using my will, I bent life to my will, I existed for my own will. It was not until I attended this mass that the true peace of God's love came upon me and showed me the error of my way. I was healed of body and spirit and discovered that God had never forsaken me...no, he had been with me all along. Waiting for me to open my eyes. This is a glorious and powerful night, I urge anyone who is curious to attend.
A friend of ours recently separated from his wife, and she left him with the care of their three children, the youngest merely a baby. The mother is no longer a part of their lives, and we were very heartbroken to hear of this. The last time we visited with him, however, the children were surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends of the family who are now sharing the responsibilities of raising the children with this single father. We saw how these children may have lost a mother, but God provided several new "mothers" in her place to love them like their own.
The Canticle of Spencer
See the vastness of the Lord's strength & mercy,
To show such goodness to one like me.
His wisdom is far above, and I far below.
Yet, upon me, a great grace does He bestow.
He calls upon me to be like He is:
To love as He loves and give as He gives;
To forgive, to follow, and to father;
To lead my family further and further.
He calls me to do things that are impossible,
Yet, in His unfailing justice He makes them possible.
You equip us for the work of our call,
Oh Lord, always providing for us all.
You are faithful and in You we can trust,
For to all you are generous, loving, merciful, and just.
I marvel in His victory
I stand in awe of His mercy,
but above all I am speechless
that He wants me as His witness.
He is the Prince of Peace, our one Mediator
Yet he wishes me to be His ambassador.
He redeems us and saves us from sin, but that is not all.
He commissions us, sends us, and saves us for His great purpose, His call.
I praise that He brings us together as one,
In a unity that none thought could be done.
But, Lord, when we still feel alone, abandoned, and at a loss,
remind us that we can find you waiting for us on the Cross.
The Advent retreat was truly an encounter with Christ! How awesome!
To my God, my Heavenly Father:
From an early age you have been my Rock.
With comforting arms you have held me like a real father.
You have been my counsel, giving me your word to guide my life.
Each road that I have chosen you have walked with me.
You have never left my side.
You have shown me unending mercy and love.
You know my inner soul and weaknesses and love me all the more.
To Jesus Christ, my savior:
You have been my loving shepherd.
Leading me always back to my Father.
You are my redeemer.
Your sacrifice has saved my life.
You continue to constantly shepherd and feed me through your loving, faithful church.
Your life is my guide.
Your gentle care is a constant reminder of your great love for me.
Beautiful Holy Spirit:
You are my protector and my guide.
You flow through my life and open my heart.
You pray to my Father for me when I do not know the words.
You fill me with the strength to keep fighting the spiritual warfare and keep my eyes on the prize.