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Feeling like giving up?

Feeling like giving up?

Bring to mind the longest running prayer request you have. The marathon trial. The hardship that has lingered and lingered and lingered no matter what you’ve done and prayed to fix it. The problem or the relationship you feel like giving up on.

Next bring to mind the promises that God has made to you about it. The scripture verse you jotted down because it meant so much to you. The song of victory you love to sing whenever you hear it. The words God whispered in your heart when the problem began or perhaps even before the problem began.

And then bring to mind all the reasons why you have wanted to persevere in bringing an end to this hardship.

“Do not throw away your confidence,” Jesus is telling you. “It will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere. This is the will of God. It’s important! And when you have completed the will of God, persevering despite all evidence that you should quit, you will receive what God has promised.” (See Hebrews 10:35-36.)

Amen!

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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To worry is to doubt

To worry is to doubt

To worry is to doubt that you are living in the will of God.
To have faith is to believe that the will of God is always good for you, even if He takes you
on a difficult journey.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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The impossible becomes possible

The impossible becomes possible

Is there a troubling situation that you can do nothing about to resolve at this time?

Then do your best with what you can do, excelling in it for the glory of God, pleasing him in it even though it seems menial or off-target from what you think you should be doing. Do your best with what you can do, and entrust to Christ what you cannot do at this moment.

God will take care of whatever you entrust to him. He will succeed where you have failed – perhaps through someone else, perhaps directly and supernaturally, perhaps too slowly according to what we think the timing should be, but always with love and concern for you and for all who are entangled in what has seemed like a hopeless situation.

What does God want from you right now? Whatever is possible to do. He will make the impossible possible at the right moment. So do whatever is possible and do it well and for his glory.

This is the partnership that works miracles.

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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The gift

The gift

What’s going around you that you wish God would act upon?  What’s been happening in the world that makes you wish that Second Coming of Jesus would occur very soon?

God has gifted you with something that can make a difference so that Jesus doesn’t need to come yet. In fact, for now you are Jesus already come into the world. God wants to lead you into a way of action that is his action.

All Christians are called to work together as the Body of Christ, with Jesus the head leading us in overcoming evil.

Instead of wishing and waiting for God to act, find others who realize the power of being the Body of Christ in the world today. God has gifted you and everyone else with the tools, the passion, and the calling to right wrongs, relieve suffering, and stop evil. Alone we can do very little. Together we are unstoppable.

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Have faith in what Jesus is giving to you

Have faith in what Jesus is giving to you

Jesus stands at the door and knocks, bearing an armful of beautiful gifts.

Those who are afraid of what the gifts may obligate them to are missing what the gifts will entitle them to.

Have faith in what Jesus is giving to you!

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Jesus is smiling at you

Jesus is smiling at you

Close your eyes and picture Jesus smiling at you. Yes, right now. Before you read the next paragraph.

Was it easy to see his smile? The truth is: It’s easy for him to see you as someone to smile about. It’s easy for him to smile at you, because he knows the goodness that is in your heart. He sees his Spirit when he looks at you. But he’s not smiling at his own reflection. He’s smiling at you because you’ve invited him to share his heart with you, and you’re sharing your heart with him.

Whatever’s wrong with you, whatever’s displeasing to God – Jesus knows that you’re more than that. He also knows that it’s easier to help you grow in holiness if he focuses on what’s good about you instead of criticizing what’s bad about you. (See John 3:17.)

The more we think about what’s Christ-like in us, the more we want to be like Christ. See Jesus smiling at you. Smile with him!

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Healing the Sacred Heart of Jesus

If you have ever loved someone who has rejected your love and refused to open up to your love, you know how Jesus feels about all those people in the world who are turning away from him right now.

Anything you do today to share his love with those who lack it will put a smile on his face. The love you give to unbelievers is a sneaky way he can deliver his love to them.

You are healing balm for the crown of thorns that pierces his Sacred Heart.

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Faith expressed through words

Faith expressed through words

Faith expressed through words creates confidence.
Faith expressed through giving creates love.
Faith expressed through trust creates miracles.

 

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You are important to the Body of Christ!

You are important to the Body of Christ

We should not think of the Church as a religious institution. Rather, we should think of it as the Body of Christ on earth, a living body made up of many members, some of whom are not found in our churches’ pews. We are – together – the power of Christ on earth today, the hands and feet of Christ taking action to spread the goodness of the kingdom of God.

Inasmuch as we fail to join ourselves to other Christians in worship and in action, we are a dismembered part of the Body. We are therefore ineffective and dying, like an amputated limb, a self-amputated limb.

A healthy body has all parts fulfilling their functions while fully connected to the brain, which is Christ, our head. The pope is the world’s representative of Christ’s leadership, but we all share in this mission of representing Christ to the world. We all have been chosen by God to be as necessary as the pope.

You are a very important member of the Body of Christ. Worship God as part of the community of believers. Act as Christ in the world in partnership with the community of believers. This is how you can be all that God designed you to be. This is how you can become what your Holy Spirit-inspired dreams beg you to become. This is how the miraculous power of Christ will be manifested for you – and through you!

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Doomsayers and Blind Seers

Doomsayers and Blind Seers

Some good Catholics are doomsayers. They announce that the world is so full of evil that the Second Coming of Jesus is soon and great chastisements are about to befall all nonbelievers.

Some good Catholics are blind seers. They think everything is fine. The priest that others complain about can’t possibly be doing wrong. The parish environment that turns people away with unfriendliness or lack of enthusiasm can’t possibly be un-Christian. The child who looks emotionally bruised can’t possibly have an abusive parent.

The truth is: Neither doomsayers nor blind seers are useful to the Lord for advancing the causes of his kingdom. They miss opportunities to make the world a better place. We will all be held accountable for sitting still when the Lord wants to take action through us.

You are the coming of Christ each day! He wants to help nonbelievers discover how to believe – through you. He wants to help priests thrive as good shepherds – through you. He wants to enliven worship and parish environments – through you. He wants to bring healing to families – through you.

Of course, that seems impossible. You’re just one person pitted against big problems. And you’re right, it is impossible if you think you’re alone. We need to band together, collaborate, embrace the reality of the power of belonging to a communion of saints.

Together, we are the Body of Christ. Together, everything that’s possible for God is possible for us.

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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