I distinctly remember the first time I experienced real gratitude, the kind that goes beyond getting the puppy you always wanted for Christmas or a big fat tax refund. The kind of gratitude I’m talking about is the kind that changes your heart forever.
Just this week, we received an amazing story from our facilitator Olgamarie Tanon about how the grace of God transformed the life of Women of Grace® study participant, Fina Ellis. Read the rest…
“God created us to live in loving union with Him for all eternity.”
What more could one ask for on the day we celebrate St. Valentine than to know that God desires spousal union with us for all eternity? If there is a longing or expectation that hasn’t been met today, rest in the knowledge that you are completely and utterly loved by God.
“He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
40 bags in 40 days is a popular exercise of getting rid of clutter during the Lenten season. But what about letting go of things that we want but really don’t need? What one thing can you do to live with less than you want today? Make a point to share with someone in need.
“And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
-Mark 4: 18-19
Do the cares of the world, delight in riches, or concern for things choke out the word of God and its fruitfulness in your life? What one thing can you release to the Lord today to be more receptive to the word?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Where does your treasure lie? Take time to ponder the lasting gifts that the Lord has bestowed upon you and thank and bless Him on this beautiful Sunday.
“A human person…as we know, cannot be an object for use.”
– Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)
Are there times when our focus on material possessions diverts our energy away from the people God has placed in our lives? Seek to find one way to focus less on things and more on people today.