Thursday, November 12, 2009

“Our hearts are restless, until they rest in Thee, O Lord.” Reflection by Fr. Ted

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s 4:15).

(Luk 18:6-8) And the Lord said: Hear what the unjust judge saith. And will not God revenge his elect who cry to him day and night? And will he have patience in their regard? I say to you that he will quickly revenge them. But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?

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Reflection by Father Ted –  – November 09, 2009

My dearest Jesus, earlier tonight You reminded me, through the writing of Pope Benedict XVI that the reason You created our universe was that You could become one of us to reveal Your love to all of my brothers and sisters and to me and to enable us to return that love.

Isn’t that why Saint Augustine many, many years ago expressed in his confessions this simple truth - “Our hearts are restless, until they rest in Thee, O Lord.” As I have been writing recently in these reflections – You made me to know, to love and to serve You and to be wit

Biblical Landscape with Adam and Eve

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h You forever in Your home.
When You created the universe, You made it “good”. And in the beginning of the Book of Genesis, You expressed this truth.

When You created our first parents, You declared that this was “very good”. For You made them in Your image, in Your likeness.

You gave to them the ability to know and to love – for You wanted them to know You and so to love You.

You gave them the ability to express their love by obeying You.

Their ability to express their love was tested – as all love mus

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t be tested.

They were tested by the evil one. They gave into his temptation by refusing to reflect their love through their obedience.

As You made Adam and Eve to know You and to love You, so have You made me to know You and to love You.

As You tested their love for You, so You likewise test me, You do so often, as it must be.

And so You allow me to be tested also by the evil one.

He challenges me, as he did Adam and Eve, not to listen to You – that is not to obey You.

When I yield to his persuasion, I sin.

But You, in Your profound love for me, offer to me the opportunity, the grace to repent of my expression of un-love.

This is why You so often offer to me the opportunity to confess my sin(s) to Your ordained priest in that awesome sacrament of Penance.

Lord, continue to offer to me Your gifts of love. Continue to help me to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength.

May I love You as You love me – forever.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 24- "On meekness, simplicity and guilelessness"

7. In the heart of the meek the Lord finds rest, but a turbulent soul is a seat of the devil.   

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