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Spiritual Mentoring

Posted: March 17, 2016 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

In hopes of going deeper in faith a group of us were encouraged to find spiritual mentors to guide us on our way. I approached a priest but was turned down due to his concern of a conflict of interests with his thoughts on the programme. Then I casually asked someone I looked up to and he agreed. The first time we arranged to meet up, he told me he would call me later that day and he would bring someone who had twenty five years of experience in spiritual counselling to pray together. But the call never came. I was not disappointed in the least.

However what was disappointing to me was that I had spoken with him four to five months earlier when we were at a retreat of sorts to do the Parish Planning; that I was very interested to go for spiritual counselling. He told me that it was not currently available here.

However when it became available in our Parish, I was later told that it was reserved first for those attending a Renewal, and that it may be opened up later for others who were interested. I was disheartened and lost interest especially since there was no news even after the Renewal ended. Also at the Parish Planning he and I suggested a five day retreat for those of us desiring to go deeper into faith. It was planned for and is going to take place later this year. Again I was excited and so marked out the dates in my calendar. The dates however was changed and the latest news is that it will be made available first to those who attended the Renewal before maybe opening it up to the rest.

I took my feelings of disappointment to the Lord in Adoration. Here is what I was led to….

I have more insight than all who teach me for I ponder your Will. I have more understanding than the old for I keep your precepts. Your Word is a lamp for my steps and light for my path. (ps118:99-100,105) Put no trust in Princes, in mortal men, in whom there is no help. It is the Lord who keeps faith forever. (Ps 145:3,7)

I realised that I had put too much hope in what I wanted, and faith in people instead of relying on the guidance of the Lord my God. If He wants me to go for this then He will surely lead me to it or He may be placing something better for me.

Lord Jesus I place my trust in You. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 17, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is your end goal in life?
To lead a barren life? Living for yourself, enjoying everything the world has to offer for as long as you can then slowly whither and die?

  Or is it to live a life giving, fruitful life? One centred on the Word of Jesus which transforms the lives of others. For Jesus is with God our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God. From whom we have the promise of eternal life with Him.

Jesus I choose to live my life with and in You. Grant me the grace to carry my cross with the dignity of sharing in Your passion. So that I may one day live in the power of Your resurrection. Amen

First reading
Genesis 17:3-9

Abram bowed to the ground and God said this to him, ‘Here now is my covenant with you: you shall become the father of a multitude of nations. You shall no longer be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I make you father of a multitude of nations. I will make you most fruitful. I will make you into nations, and your issue shall be kings. I will establish my Covenant between myself and you, and your descendants after you, generation after generation, a Covenant in perpetuity, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land you are living in, the whole land of Canaan, to own in perpetuity, and I will be your God.’

Gospel
John 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews:
‘I tell you most solemnly, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’

The Jews said, ‘Now we know for certain that you are possessed. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead, and yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never know the taste of death.” Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? The prophets are dead too. Who are you claiming to be?’ Jesus answered:

‘If I were to seek my own glory
that would be no glory at all; my glory is conferred by the Father, by the one of whom you say, “He is our God” although you do not know him.

But I know him, and if I were to say: I do not know him, I should be a liar, as you are liars yourselves.

But I do know him, and I faithfully keep his word.

Your father Abraham rejoiced
to think that he would see my Day; he saw it and was glad.’

The Jews then said, ‘You are not fifty yet, and you have seen Abraham!’ Jesus replied:

‘I tell you most solemnly, before Abraham ever was,
I Am.’

At this they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.