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'God’s mercy is infinitely greater than any guilt of ours.' Sunday Reflections, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Zacchaeus, Willem Isaacsz van Swanenburg[Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelLuke 19:1-10 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my posses…

Hang in There with Perseverance

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You know that person – the one who is “tough as nails.” That person never gives up. He or she seems to have an ability to endure anything, whether it be a serious illness, a divorce, a job loss, a financial crisis, a death in the family – anything. Therefore, through all the trials and tribulations, this person continues to persevere. How so? Well, in addition to Perseverance, he or she starts off with a few other virtues under his/her belt. Fortitude enables a person to be strong; to endure without fear; to act with courage in addressing the problem.Patience allows the person to wait long periods of time for the desired result.Faith gives the person the strength and peace to believe and trust that God has everything under control.Confidence in God’s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence, along with confidence in Jesus’ promise of salvation should place everything else into perspective. With these virtues in hand, perseverance comes much more easily. Read more...

Are You Hoping to Squeeze Through? (OGW - 015)

Oh My!I don’t like the sound of this!
As Jesus is going through towns and villages, someone asks him a question—his response is chilling.
Today he’s talking about the narrow gate.What will it take to get to heaven, to get through that narrow gate?
Is there something we have to do to squeeze through?
Tune in to today’s episode of Opening God’s Word to learn what Jesus says about what could happen when if we stand outside and knock.

Janet Cassidy
Prayers:janetcassidyinspirations.wordpress.com
Email:johnseven38@yahoo.com

Are You Groaning in Labor (OGW-014)

Does the suffering you are enduring right now seem to be more than you can handle?

Have hope!

In Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 8:18, he reminds us that our sufferings today are nothing compared to the glory that we will share as children of God.

Does that mean our suffering is nothing?  That we have to pretend that we are not in pain?

No, it means that in comparison to the glory that is coming, it is nothing.  Paul speaks of the hope we have in what we cannot see—in the glory that awaits us.
Key to this passage is this: We must “wait with endurance.”

How long?  We don’t know.  But with God, we can be assured in hope that by his grace, we can endure anything.

Check out the latest episode of Opening God's Wordtoday!

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word.

Janet Cassidy
janetcassidy.blubrry.net
Email:  johnseven38@yahoo.com

Take My "One Question" Quiz! (Podcast, OGW - 013)

Who does Paul say in his Letter to the Ephesians (Chapter 2:19-22) that our Christian faith is built upon?
Did you say Jesus?
You are right, but there’s more!In today’s Opening God’s Word Paul connects us with “the holy ones,” too, and says we are “members of the household of God.”
He also reminds us that it is Jesus himself who is bringing us all together and we are becoming a place where the spirit of God dwells.
We walk together, fellow citizens!Let’s keep that in mind whenever we are feeling lonely or lost.
You can find my latest episode at janetcassidy.blubrry.net.Please don’t forget to subscribe and visit my blog at janetcassidy.blogspot.com.
Have a blessed day in God’s Word!
Janet Cassidy
Prayers:janetcassidyinspirations.wordpress.com
Email:johnseven38@yahoo.com

Want to be "In the Know?" Seek Knowledge

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Would you like to know God better; to enter into a deeper relationship with Him? Then seek Knowledge, a virtue given to you at your Confirmation by the Holy Spirit. How Does One Seek Knowledge of God? The best place to seek knowledge of God is in Sacred Scripture. God reveals Himself to us in the pages of the Bible. In the 47 books of the Bible, God tells us what He likes and what offends Him. In these pages, we learn what is good and what is evil – we learn the moral code of ethics. God tells us what pleases Him most – love for God and neighbor (Matt 22:37-39). He instructs us on how to behave toward others via the Ten Commandments (Deut 5:6-21) and via the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). You can begin reading the Bible online for free, by... Read more...

Rosary, the love lever.(Spanish) El Rosario, la palanca de Amor.

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Tal vez haya quién piense, aún siendo católico, que esto de rezar el Rosario es algo que ya pasó de moda, que es antiguo, que ya nadie lo reza. . . ¡qué equivocados están !. 
ElRosario es la palanca del amor. 

Por los dedos de millones de personas se deslizan una a una esas cuentas redondas como diminutos mundos,donde cabe toda la fe, todo el amor o todo el dolor de las almas. Día a día, a todas horas, en los seminarios, en los conventos, en las Parroquias, en los hogares ricos, en los pobres, en los caminos del aire, en las carreteras, en el mar, en las guerras, en la paz, en la alegría, en la tristeza, en la enfermedad, en las celebraciones de la vida, en el misterio de la muerte . . . “ Te saludamos María, la llena de gracia, el Señor está contigo”. 
El mundo necesita de la oración. La oración hace un cambio en los corazones. Con el rezo del Rosario vamos siguiendolos MISTERIOS DE LA VIDA DE CRISTO al tiempoque imploramos a la Santísima Virgen María que “ruegue por nosotros, ahora y e…

Bishop Calling

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Reading the Sky (Opening God's Word, 012)

Have you ever went out for a walk but first had to check out the sky to see if you were going to get caught in the rain?
Which way are the clouds moving?  Should I take a chance?
Well, in today’s passage from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, Verse 54, Jesus asks a reasonable question:
“You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”
What is he calling YOU to do, at the present time?
Spend some time in God’s Word today and reflect on his question. You can listen to my short podcast on this scripture by going to Opening God's Word.
Janet Cassidy
janetcassidy.blubrry.net
Email:  johnseven38@yahoo.com

What is Beauty?

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What is Going On? (OGW, 11)

What is going on in today’s Gospel? 

Isn’t Jesus about bringing people together?

Love? 

Forgiveness?

Why is he talking about causing division?

Why does he want to “set the earth on fire?”

Listen closely to today’s episode of Opening God's Word on the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, Verse 49 and following. Jesus is not suggesting we go out and start hating our parents, siblings or in-laws!

You are going to want to pay close attention to what he is telling us today.

Janet Cassidy
janetcassidyinspirations.wordpress.com
Email: johnseven38@yahoo.com

'The Church's mission is to offer the Word: a word that heals, liberates and reconciles.' Sunday Reflections, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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FromThe Bible, a TV miniseries

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Gospel Luke 18:9-14 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but…