From the heart motivates, captivates, and eliminates. From the heart is filled with energy, it feeds, and removes mis-understanding as it is full of love and mercy. God created us in His image and from the heart reveals and glorifies Him to those we cross paths with. Amen.
In 2 days I had conversations with 2 men of different faiths (same God) where the topic was how we (mankind) are all alike. We come from the same place, we need and basically want the same things, and we are destined for the same ending. Why then can't we set aside our perceived differences and work together for the betterment of all?
Is the force which fortunately keeps us close to our earthly home. There is another "gravity-like" force which unfortunately draws us back to worldly distractions. There is however, a force greater than either -- the love of Jesus Christ. When your feet are on the ground, but headed in the wrong direction turn to Jesus. Alleluia.
Jesus repeated these two words several times in the gospels. Those who trust in God have no reason to fear. We already know how things end in this world and was is expected of us. Trust is easy to say and hard to do. Trust is the truth from our God who cannot lie. Amen.
Which is more powerful - one person saying a prayer or a 100 persons? Obviously 100! And that is why everybody's participation (praying and singing) during the mass is so important. We want God to HEAR us, not hear us. Amen.
When we stop and examine our lives, the virtue that helps us most is simply being as humble as possible. When we don't seek personal reward for our efforts, God rewards us far beyond what anyone else ever could. Amen.
Socrates said there were two kinds of people in the world "the wise who know they are fools, and the fools who believe they are wise." The old adage, "With age comes wisdom" may not hold true. More appropriately is, "With God comes wisdom" as wisdom is a grace. Amen.