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Friday, March 18, 2016

Pray for Families (Life'sTrials)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Did you ever receive an injustice as a child and when you complained about it to your parents, they responded, “Life’s not fair”. 

Life is a journey of trials and a trial of journeys. We each will go through our own mini-passion at some point in our lives.  There will always be the friend who says they love you, yet betrays you like Judas.  There will always be the “Pharisees and high priests” who try to convict you so that no one notices their sin.  There will be those like Pontius Pilate who remove themselves from the situation so that they can feel like their hands are clean. You may at times feel you are the sacrificial lamb, while you see others drop their shoulders in a sigh of relief that it wasn’t them.  Yet there will always be those faithful friends who stand with you at the foot of your cross.  They will support you, encourage you, cry with you, and reflect Christ’s love to you.  You will finally understand the importance of friends and family. The parents you were given and the family you were born into is a gift.  At times of trial, you most often can depend upon the loving support of your father, the prayerful pleas of your mother, and the encouragement of your siblings. 

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. James 1:2-5

We have much to learn by reflecting on Christ’s Passion.  As we enter Holy Week, while inserting yourself into the Passion of Christ and spend some time in meditation or contemplation.  Ask yourself, when have I been a Pharisee, a Pontius Pilate, or even a Simon of Cyrene who helped Jesus carry His cross?   Ask the Lord to help you see with new eyes, help you appreciate the beautiful gift of the Son, and how by submitting to the plan of the Father, you will be able to withstand any trial.  Know that without fail, you will have the heavenly gaze of the Father and the prayerful support of the Blessed Mother.  Finally, ask the Lord to protect the family unit, so that all will have the assurance of an earthly mother and father.

LORD, you are my Father, my champion, my savior! Sirach 51:10

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Jesus is Lord!  Pass it on!