Peace Be With You

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“To be at one with God is to be at peace ... peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.” -Ralph Waldo

Peace is moments of tranquility that must be searched for, captured and thoroughly enjoyed.

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)

More Than Words

“Through selfless service, eternal peace is obtained.” -Sri Guru Granth Sahib

More than words are needed to nurture relationships. We must communicate with our entire selves, utilizing all our God-given talents to express the love of the Creator to all.

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18)

Apathy Kills Humanity

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"Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak." -Ralph Chaplin

The moment you can walk past someone in need without any concern for their suffering is the moment you lose the one quality separating you from animals. Humanity.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)

Sunday Lent Reflections: Mercy

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Up to his nest again, I shall not live in vain. -Emily Dickinson

God of mercy, make my heart like yours. Help me to love others without reservation, especially my enemies. No matter the cost, I will assist them the best way I can. Open my eyes to the needs of others; especially my loved ones and grant me the graces necessary to help them.

As you are merciful to me, so I must be to others. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:8-14)

True to Be Free

“He who is brave is free.” - Seneca


I will joyfully relinquish my life to the Lord for the truth, but not to the devil for a lie. For in truth lives life and in lies only death.

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:14-15)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:16)

Sunday Lent Reflections: Forgiveness

The power of forgiveness.God of forgiveness, I am sorry for the times I have disappointed you. I apologize for the faults I’ve committed and the good I neglected to do. Grant me you grace of understanding to acknowledge these sins, make reparations, and I offer these sin to you as sacrifice to your absolution. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
(Psalm 51:10-12)

Souls Are God’s Greatest Works

Our souls are God’s greatest work. God is constantly molding our souls into the ultimate divine spiritual template of Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:9-10, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”

Follow the Steps of the Redeemer

When we suffer, we follow in the steps of our redeemer.

2 Corinthians 4:8-11, ”We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God the Father and the Son, creates a home within us.

John 16:13, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”