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I hate thorns but I am grateful for them!

Saturday, October 01, 2005
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Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
I have found the words of St. Paul (2 Cor. 12) to be especially meaningful to me in the last couple days. Each one us has a thorn which God allows the evil one to give us so that we may not become to proud. My thorn is my pride and vain glory. I hate it. I just think that I am making a bit of progress and that nasty thorn gets me. The fact that my own thorn is one of the thorns that pierce Our Lord and cause Him suffering makes it even more disgusting to me. But Christ Jesus takes this most unworthy slave and calls still. Christ's Mercy and Grace is suffecient to sustain. Our Lord is so much more patient with me, with all of us, than we could ever dream of. I know what I deserve and yet God grants me Mercy and Grace. Quite frankly it blows me away. I can only hope and pray that I can better follow the Master and Redeemer and better proclaim God's Mercy another day. It is so clear to me that alone I can do nothing but fall but through God's Grace then I have steagth. It is certainly not my streagth though but God who sustains and presses me forward.
I am grateful even though I don't like it for my weakness and for my stumbles because that is where I encounter (where we all encounter) Divine Mercy.
Today is the Feast of St. Therese who as you may know is one of my favorite Saints. I even carry a relic of her with me as a reminder, a inspiration and a witness of God's Merciful Love. So, today I ask especially for her prayers for myself and each of you that God's Merciful Love may become more manifest in our lives.
I thought the hymn/ poem posted below was especially relevant today and to this posting.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Ed


Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home--
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene--one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

John Henry Cardinal Newman
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