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Sunday, May 22, 2005
Praise be Jesus Christ!!
I was feeling a bit sorry for myself today and even over the past couple days. Rather than concentrating on how much good God has done for me through the hard times and sorrows I allowed the words of others to take seed to the point that it has been difficult to focus on my lectio divina and daily prayers. I think this must happen for many of us when we allow situations or conversations to interfere with the daily walk we are on with Christ. For myself it is in the times when my mind is distracted with worries or problems and it feels so very difficult to lean on Christ and surrender is precisely the time I have to surrender more fully and pray more earnestly. One of the readings from the old breviary -Divine Office- for today + Trinity Sunday+ really hit home for me today. The actual particular reading is only from Romans 11:33 but as I looked more in depth at the Scripture and considered posting it I thought I should include some additional verses as they especially speak to this process that Our God has allowed me to go through over the past couple days in particular. Since the latin text is so very beutiful I thought I would post both the latin and english version of this Sacred Scripture text.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
"sine paenitentia enim sunt dona et vocatio Dei sicut enim aliquando et vos non credidistis Deo nunc autem misericordiam consecuti estis propter illorum incredulitatem ita et isti nunc non crediderunt in vestram misericordiam ut et ipsi misericordiam consequantur conclusit enim Deus omnia in incredulitatem ut omnium misereatur o altitudo divitiarum sapientiae et scientiae Dei quam inconprehensibilia sunt iudicia eius et investigabiles viae eius quis enim cognovit sensum Domini aut quis consiliarius eius fuit aut quis prior dedit illi et retribuetur ei quoniam ex ipso et per ipsum et in ipso omnia ipsi gloria in saecula amen"
"For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now disobeyed in order that, by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may (now) receive mercy. For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given him anything that he may be repaid?" For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen."
St. Paul's Letter to the Romans Chapter 11: 29-36
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