They’ll Know We Are Christian

After my confirmation Easter Sunday, I felt my spirit lift in joy as I received the grace of God into my soul. At the same time this pass week has been a time of great reflection. Lord God, where do you want me to go from here? What do you want me to do?

All I know is that every cell of my body and soul yearns to put Jesus at the center…to never walk back into a life of secularism and sin. 40 years of wandering in the wilderness to finally come before Jesus – humbled – here I am. Finally I submit to His will, and His alone.

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That night, a song I recall singing as a child came to mind:

They’ll Know We Are Christians” 

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
We are one int he Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
And we pray that all unity will one day be restored.

Chorus: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand;
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand;
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.

We Will work with each other, we will work side by side;
We will work with each other, we will work side by side;
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride.

All praise to the Father, from whom all things come;
And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son.
And all praise to the Spirit who makes us one.

After some research, I discovered it is a Christian hymn written in the 1960s by then Fr. Peter Scholtes.

The blessed message I got from God that night was, my journey is just beginning. I must regardless of my fears, go out and share the love of Jesus by my actions:

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:25.

No it will not be easy, especially as I live in a world gone astray. It embraces secularism and makes a mockery of all things Holy. It is hard to step out in a world where the TRUTH is veiled in lies and deceit. It is even harder today amidst our cancel culture, as one thought or word that is not politically correct, immediately gets labelled as “crazy” or a “radical”. How do I express love in a world that embraces the “me” god. After a week of contemplation and prayer, I can only say, Jesus I trust in you!

Jesus I trust in you.

Jesus I trust in you.

Jesus I trust in you.

Know that as long as we “love” one another with a charity of heart, Jesus is right there propping us up.

Jesus, grace me with the gift of charity, to be able to love – especially those I find hard to love.

Traditional Choir:

Piano version:

Folksy Version:

May God bless each of you as you radiate His love in a world that has forgotten who He is.

Let each of us join with the Spirit of God to alight into the hearts of those near us – love.

Let us pray for a rebirth of sleeping souls.

Jesus we trust in You.

Amen💖

Let Me

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My loving Jesus,

let me help you carry Your cross

and share in some of Your pain

my sin a heavy burden

Am i worthy – i am broken

i am bond in this temporal space

mold me within Your will

fill this barren vessel

my soul raised out of the dark night

your hands reaches for me

You exist within and without

cradled in Your infinite love

let me wipe away your pain

hold you in my arms

let me comfort you

let me wrap You in my love

Within my minds eye

i can see in that dark space

sense, body and mind

transcends beyond the stars

God Bless all this Holy Thursday 💖

Walking Towards You

as i walk towards the cross

i lift up my eyes

it is You i see

broken and imperfect

let me give you the best of me

Come Holy Spirit

guard my heart this week

let me remain standing

wrapped in your mercy

in a world where so many are against you

let me give you the best of me

Mary Anoints Jesus

12 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’

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Let us give Jesus the best.

God Bless 💖

The New Normal

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I just finished writing a paper for a course on hybrid pastoral ministries. This course focuses on adapting new technology to spread the Gospel. What surprised me the most is how behind our local churches and parishes are in adapting to technology.

Here, I echo Pope Francis’ warning, the church today must go into the trenches – into the dark crevices in our world where the light is very dim or cannot reach:

“Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”

Pope Francis

Those who step into the trenches even in the midst of Covid-19 and using technology are radiating a light for lost souls. These warriors come from many directions, with the goal of sharing the Gospel.

I want to take the time here today to thank the many warriors out there who have used their pen (coughs, ok our keyboard!) to share in our Christian and Catholic Faith. Many have been an inspiration to me during my own walk with Jesus. There were times when their words of encouragement, and their daily reflections have sparked a new insight within me.

Today, I want to take the time to thank you all (and the many other bloggers, I have yet to discover).

God Bless, 💖

Here is a list of Christian and Catholic Bloggers I follow:

For daily reading and devotion

www.ourgivenpurpose.com | Our Given Purpose

Daily inspirational about his walk with Jesus,

josephsdailywalkwithjesus | A closer walk with our beloved friend. (wordpress.com)

A daily Catholic blog which gives me great guidance and comfort in a world where Satan’s seed is everywhere in our social media.

AnaStpaul – Breathing Catholic

A Christian life style blogger, her writing looks at the beautiful graces of the everyday. In the busy hum of our lives, do we take the time to look at God’s miracles around us?

Becoming HIS Tapestry – Christian Lifestyle Blogger

Two other lifestyle blogs I follow,

BeautyBeyondBones

A survivor whose blog is a source of light. This blogger draws from her insights and recovery from a eating disorder – anorexia.

A Minute with Melissa – A Small Girl with a Big God

Melissa shares daily glimpses into her walk with Jesus. I can learn a lot from her blogging style – keep it short and to the point.