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Friday, March 10, 2017

Pray for Families (Mercy on the Path to Holiness)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

The interesting thing about seeking a path of holiness is that in drawing closer to the Lord, you suddenly see how sinful you really are! It's as if His light shows all the dust bunnies on your soul.  When we are blind to our own sin, holiness doesn’t seem like such a reach, but a 20-20 Son-beam can instantly change such misperceptions.

How blessed we are though! We have a most merciful God.  He knows our weaknesses and brokenness, and continues to encourage us to reform our ways and rise above.  He wants nothing more than to have ALL OF US join Him in eternity.  He is our biggest cheerleader.  Thus He continues to offer us forgiveness every time we fall as long as we seek to amend our ways and to live a life centered in Him.  As we continue to stumble and He continues to offer us a hand up.  Now that is blessed!

As I live, says the Lord God, I do not desire the death of the impious, but that the impious should convert from his way and live.  Ezekiel 33:11

Unfortunately, some may feel their sin is too great and their missteps too repetitive to ever be forgiven. However, God is rich in mercy, meets us exactly where we are at, and gives each of us the grace we need to surrender to His will. 

“Your misery does not hinder my mercy.  My daughter, write that the greater the misery of a soul the greater its right to My mercy; [urge] all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, because I want to save them all.  On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls--no one was excluded! (Diary of St. Faustina, 1182)

Our prayers for others increase their openness and willingness to receive His mercy.  Let us call upon the angels and the saints to join us in prayer for our family and friends.  Let us pray for one another that all may persevere in this race, this walk, this crawl toward holiness and an eternal life with Him.

The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. James 5:16

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

Prayer is an eternal gift.  Pass it on!