Don't use the poor for your experience. Listen to them, learn from them and love them.
On my Mexico City spring break mission trip, I met this incredible person. Sandra came from a very harsh environment and lived in the sewer system with her kids. She was able to gain strength from God, turn her life around and provide for her family. Now she empowers people on the streets with hope to live to greater heights. I got to see Sandra and her family a few days ago and immediately she embraced and encouraged me (and all of us) to never forget the poor and always strive to love better than you did yesterday. She reminds missionaries to give your life to Christ and let Him live through you. She is a living witness to why we must give hope to the poor.
We visited the San Xavier Mission today. It’s pretty amazing to stand in a building from the 1700s...so many “secret” tunnels and character.
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190117 Daily Gospel with Drawing
1 When he returned to Capernaum some time later, word went round that he was back; 2 and so many people collected that there was no room left, even in front of the door. He was preaching the word to them 3 when some people came bringing him a paralytic carried by four men, 4 but as the crowd made it impossible to get the man to him, they stripped the roof over the place where Jesus was; and when they had made an opening, they lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic lay. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "My Child, your sin is forgiven." 6 Now some scribes were sitting there, and they thought to themselves, 7 'How can this man talk like that? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins but God?' 8 Jesus, inwardly aware that this was what they were thinking, said to them, "Why do you have these thoughts in your hearts? 9 Which of these is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven' or to say, 'Get up, pick up your stretcher and walk'? 10 But the prove to you thar the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgiven sins," -he said to the paralytic- "I order you: get up, pick up your stretcher, and go off home." 12 And the man got up, picked up his stretcher at once and walked out in front of everyone, so that they were all astounded and praised God saying, "We have never seen anything like this."
자고 일어나면 꼭 운것처럼 눈가가 붓는 심바
기분 좋은지 골골송+꾹꾹이 🧸💖
가슴팍에 묻은 먼지마저 귀여워
I think I need to write this quote out and read it every morning:-
“Our Lord's whole life fills me with love for him, but I have a special weakness for his thirty hidden years spent in Bethlehem, Egypt and Nazareth. That period, so long in comparison with his public life and which the Gospels hardly mention, might seem empty of any special meaning to a person who views it superficially. And yet, I have always maintained that this silence about Our Lord's early life speaks eloquently for itself, and contains a wonderful lesson for us Christians. They were years of intense work and prayer, years during which Jesus led an ordinary life, a life like ours, we might say, which was both divine and human at the same time. In his simple workshop, unnoticed, he did everything to perfection, just as he was later to do before the multitudes.” - Friends of God, 56.
This very quote encapsulates why I returned to my Catholic Faith last Easter. #catholic #faith
How great is YOUR love!! Tomorrow is the walk for life. I'd like to invite you to search yourself and if you can fast for those who need us to stand for them and more importantly to pray for them. Can you skip a meal? Abstain from meat? Go without one of your indulgences like coffee, soda or sweets? If going without is too difficult you can even DO something instead like say a rosary, a special prayer,donate baby clothes to a women's shelter in honor of those unborn babies, or spend time at a nursing home with those who might not have anyone. Life is beautiful but its more beautiful when we value everyone from conception to natural death. Will you join me? Blessings! #fastforlife #Catholic #blessed #pray #marchforlife #marchforlife2019 #FastForLife
The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us -Dorothy Day // @saraheerickson
Our Bible Studies resume this Friday, and we would love for you to join us in looking at a very unusual passage in which Jesus speaks highly of a questionable character who acts in self-interest. Why would He do that? 🤔⁉️
The Kuper Center is the ministry house located between the gym and the school at St. Cecilia Church. Refreshments will be served. Newcomers always welcome!
Ever considered getting a tattoo or have one and not sure what the Church says about tattoos? The Church does not oppose tattoos as long as they are not immoral, satanic or offensive. Ever since the 6th or 7th centuries, Christian pilgrims have been getting tattoos. The Razzouk family has been giving pilgrims to Jerusalem tattoos for over 700 years. Many cultures use tattoos as a right of passage. With that said, one should be prudent in their decision to have a tattoo. Our bodies are sacred. Our bodies are not a canvas to do as we wish. The culture falsely states that, “It’s my body, I can do what I want with it.” How many abortions have been justified with this statement? Our bodies are “Temples of the Holy Spirit.” Why does one want a tattoo? If is vanity or pride, then the reason is invalid. Will it cause scandal or offend one’s family, then, the reason is not valid. This decision must be made with serious thought and research. It highly suggested that no names of girlfriend or boyfriend. It is suggested that one wait a few months before preceding. Research the artist and make sure the artist is sanitary. Get a few references for the artist. How will it look in 20, 30+ years? The tattoos can communicate a beautiful and religious message. Everyone has a story and reason for their ink. One may be surprised by the stories behind the tattoos. One may be surprised by who has a tattoo. Mine is a celtic cross design on my shoulder. It signifies my Celtic heritage and the design reminds me that the world cannot survive without the blood of Christ and how His blood renews us. The picture is another tattoo I have been considering. We will see how my prayers lead me. Those who oppose tattoos will use Lev 19:28. This passage was to keep the people from following pagan worship. If they quote Leviticus, why aren’t they following the other Mosaic laws such as of not eating unclean meat?
There will not be an agreement on the use of tattoos. We must respect each other’s decisions. Maybe there is more to the story than one knows. In the end, we must face judgement of our own deeds. #traditionalcatholic #catholichurch #catholic
Our last sunset here.
Ten dolphins swam by with one jumping up out of the water like it was dancing the whole way. And then on the way out someone left a perfect sanddollar on the stairs. I had been hoping to find one all month and there it appeared out of nowhere. It all felt like one giant gift of love from God. ❤️
Catholic saints bracelet, $30. Shop link in bio.
아빠품이 좋은 꼬맹이 (ෆ ͒•∘̬• ͒)◞
Here’s my #tenyearchallenge
from 13 year old radical atheist to 22 (almost 23) year old #catholic
So that’s kinda wild. Also the hair thing. That’s kinda wild too.