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Spirit Filled Swim

Posted: March 2, 2013 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Had a unique and wonderful experience today at the swimming pool.  You see I haven’t been swimming in quite a while, so while my kids had their swimming lessons I decided to swim a few laps.

Then I decided that since it was lent, I would say the Our Father swimming a lap and on the return lap I would say a Hail Mary. After the eighth lap I decided to say the creed.  That’s when the surreal experience began, inspired by the Holy Spirit I sort of chanted this in mind while I swam the last few laps

“Through the deep Red Sea,
from the clutches of slavery,
to liberty of life, praise be to God! ”

“Through the waters of my baptism,
from the bondage of sin,
to liberty in life with Christ, praise be to God!”

Swimming will today and always be extra special for me!  Praise be to God!


How many of us have been judgemental, even bitter in a similar situation? Haven’t we wondered why sometimes we do so much more work serving the Lord but it seems others get equal or more recognition?

Are we then truly serving the Lord? Can we see the bigger picture?  Do we truly love? Are we truly one body in Christ? When we cut off ties with a brother or sister who has sinned? Do we not love them in spite of and try our utmost to lead them to our heavenly Father? Rejoicing when they do? Do we not hope they will do the same for us?

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 2, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How many of us have gone through life in search of happiness, comforts and enjoyment? Looking for love in all the wrong places and was not the love we thought we found fleeting? We partied too hard and played too much while squandering what little we had, did the fun we have last?  Many of us lived in guilt but washed it away with alcohol or laughter, did we really? Did not one small thing lead to another and did we not find the holes we dug for ourselves getting bigger? Some of us fall into addictions such as wine, women, men, drugs? Some of us fall into despair in our hopelessness, our loneliness but were we ever alone?

Jesus tells us today, our heavenly Father is patiently waiting for us to come back to Him. He loves us so much that there is nothing we can do that He will not forgive; if only our hearts desired it, to be changed, to be transformed from crimson red to white as snow.  Will we not walk with Him?

Jesus is waiting to embrace us, to sit with us to love us. He is not asking for us to change first before coming to Him, He will change us if do. He will fill us with His peace and His love which lasts.

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Let us sing this song in faith and in the surety of our heavenly’s Father’s love for us…..

1. Father I have sinned, help me find my way,
Remember not my sins, just let me hear You say

Chorus

I forgive you, I love you. You are mine, take my hand
Go in peace, sin no more, beloved one.

2. Father I have turned, my back and walked away
Depended on my strength, and loved life my own way

3. Father I have closed, my heart to those in need
Thought only of myself, a victim of my greed

4. Father I’ve returned, I’m home with You to stay
Standing by your door, knowing that You’ll say

[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6547844/FatherIhavesinned.mp3
(The beautiful tune can also be found HERE in midi format. )

GOSPEL Luke 15:1–3, 11–32

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So to them Jesus addressed this parable. “A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them. After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need. So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any. Coming to his senses he thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began. Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean. The servant said to him, ‘Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him. He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’ He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’“