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I Am With You Always…

Sometimes I just need a reminder…Thank you, Jesus!

How Much Do I Love Jesus?

“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils… I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.'” (Blessed Pope John XXIII, Journal of a Soul)

I ran across the above quote from the autobiography of Blessed Pope John XXIII, and I couldn’t help but ask myself a question…

“Do I feel the same way?”

While my first answer was a resounding “Yes!”, I started to think of all those occasions when I’ve daydreamed while at Mass, of the all the times I passed up stopping in at the adoration chapel to pay a visit to Jesus who gave up His life for my salvation, of those times when I sinned and caused disappointment and sadness to be felt in Our Lord’s Sacred Heart.

While I do love Jesus and try to visit and receive Him frequently, I still think that I?have some work to do.? I’m going to take the late Holy Father’s recommendation and make that last line my frequent prayer.?

Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.

Listening To The Voice Of Jesus

The Gospel from today’s Mass (Jn 10:1-10) reminds us of the importance of listening to the voice of Jesus, but what if we can’t hear His voice?? Unfortunately, there are many competing voices speaking to us on a daily basis.? The voices of comfort, fear, greed, and the media are often heard loudest in our ears and drown out the voice of the Lord.? If we can’t even hear Jesus speaking to us, how can we obey Him?? As my friend Matt Swaim states in his book, Prayer In The Digital Age (Ligouri Publications, 2011), “Silence is the great fear of the modern age.”

Obviously, we first need to focus on hearing the voice of the Lord.? According to St. Ignatius of Loyola, “It is true that the voice of God, having once penetrated the heart, becomes strong as the tempest and loud as the thunder.? But before reaching the heart it is as weak as a light breath that scarcely agitates the air.? It shrinks from noise and is silent amid agitation.”? To put it simply, if we don’t make an effort to listen, we’re not going to hear the Lord’s voice.

Daily prayer and meditating on the Bible are critical to being able to hear the Lord’s voice.? Unfortunately, and I know that it’s difficult, but sometimes you have to turn off the tv!? While there’s nothing inherently wrong with watching tv, listening to the radio or surfing the Internet, we need to make some quiet time for the Lord each day.? Otherwise, we’ll never hear Him speak.

Once we begin to hear His voice, the next thing we have to do is obey His instructions.? Although it sounds simple, this is often difficult?especially when He ?tells us to stop doing things that we enjoy.? Unfortunately, many of our sinful habits are also a lot of fun!? However, as Catholics, we are blessed to have a body of clear Church teaching that guides us and keeps us on the right path.? In an attempt to determine God’s will for their lives, many people erroneously?ignore the teaching of the Church.? That, my friends, is a mistake that could lead to disaster!

Although it may be difficult at first, making some “quiet time” for the Lord will gradually get easier.? You’ll even find yourself looking forward to the time you get to spend each day with your good friend, Jesus.? You’ll also begin to feel a sense of peace that comes from following God’s will.?

Give it a try and see what happens…

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