The Israelites spent 40 years and Jesus spent 40 days in the desert. Our time may be less, more, or somewhere in between. Why? We are invited to enter into a real relationship with God. With a relationship we find our true identity. And once we know who we are we will come to recognize and accept our mission. There is no reason to be afraid as our God doesn't call the quaified, He qualifies the called.
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One God, Three Persons - Father, Son & Holy Spirit
We are children of the Father, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He loved us first before the beginning of time as we know it. We were given a prayer to talk with our "Abba." Try saying the "Our Father" and substitute "my" for "our" and "me" for "us."
We are siblings of the Son, Jesus Christ. our Lord and Savior. He loves the Father and us so much He became man, experienced earthly life and died to destroy sin and death so we can live forever with Him and our Father.
We are students of the Holy Spirit. He graces us with gifts and guides us during our earthly journey.
We are created in the image and likeness of God. We are creatures with a body and spirit. We have an intellect and the ability to reason. We are also graced with "free will" to choose to accept God's love and all He offers us.
We receive our identity at Baptism where we become Priests - Prophets and Kings.
We are all called to a vocation where we may be single, married with or without children, or religious life.
To be loved by God.
To love God.
And to love our neighbors as self.
Faith without challenge is a faith without growth
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