Why Won’t We Be Healed?

Jesus said “Come to Me, all you who are burdened…”. Why don’t we come to Him? So many people accept illness or just get by when they don’t have to. Our faith tells us that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. Scripture (Hebrews 13:8) tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. We know from the gospels that Jesus healed all those who came to Him in faith. Why do we walk into church not expecting miracles?
Why don’t we experience miracles at mass? Could the fault be ours? Could it be that we never expect miracles? Could it be that we insist on healing on our terms not Christ’s? We want to be healed physically but refuse the spiritual, emotional and relational healing that Jesus wants to give us first? Are we too stubborn to change or give up our sins? Do we refuse to give up our sins? Are we too full of pride to let God in?
Are we like the people of Nazareth who were so used to Jesus that they couldn’t imagine Him performing a miracle? Have we gotten so used to receiving Communion that we’ve forgotten the God who is present in all His Divinity? Have we forgotten the power, glory and majesty present in the Eucharist? Has Communion become an empty ritual rather than a miraculous encounter with the Creator of the Universe? Is the problem that we expect nothing to happen and therefore receive nothing?
Is it that we don’t believe that God loves us that much? Do we think we’ve messed up so much that we’re unworthy of healing, that we deserve to suffer? Do we not believe God’s promise in Romans that nothing can separate us from the love of God? Do we not believe that by His stripes we are healed?
God wants to bless us every time we receive Communion. We have to open ourselves up to His infinite love and allow Him to bless us. We have to say yes to His agenda. Open your heart and say yes. Allow Jesus to knock your socks up. Let go of the fear, the pride or anger that blocks you from His awesome love and grace.


The Power of Prayer

Today is 9/11/13. I remembered 9/11/2001. About 8:50 I watched from my classroom a small group of women leave church. They had stayed after mass to say the rosary. They always had a long list of people and causes to pray for. One was always for anyone in the parish who needed a prayer. They had done this for years, saying the rosary for anyone who needed a prayer, for jobs and for people who were sick. This was part of their daily routine.
We have no idea of how many people benefitted from these prayers but I know on 9/11/01 there were 6 parishioners working in the World Trade Center. All six came home safe. Never underestimate the power of the Rosary.

Are Catholics Getting What They Deserve?

Do Catholics deserve what the Obama administration is doing to them? He has thrown out the First Amendment and usurped the right to tell us what we believe. If He succeeds with his contraception mandate, the Church will never be the same. We will be subject to the whims of whoever occupies the Oval Office. One can only imagine what will come next.
The Fortnight for Freedom is going on now. This is the time designated by the bishops to go to the One who can truly help us, God. Go to church and look around. Where are the crowds? Where are the people praying?
The most powerful weapon we possess is prayer yet I see little evidence that American Catholics are joining the Fortnight for Freedom. We have the same people attending daily mass and joining together to say the rosary. Yet we ignore our greatest weapon.
We have adopted the tactics of the enemy. I see negative email after email but they accomplish nothing. They didn’t stop the president from being elected or roughly half of Catholic from voting for him. We’ve turned to the Republican Party rather than the God who is sovereign. No wonder the president is winning. The only hope for our Church and our country is God, not the Republican Party. We can not depend on the Supreme Court. We will not win by sending negative emails or letters to the editor. Only by prayer can we succeed
Don’t we believe in prayer? Don’t we trust God? Don’t we understand our faith? Or is it that we enjoy complaining? We’d rather sit around complaining than do the most constructive thing we could do, pray?
Your prayers are important. This is not a job only for saints or “holy people”. All of us need to be praying. We have the power in prayer to change the world.
Mark 10:27 says “with God, all things are possible”. Only with God will we succeed. We can not expect to win without prayer. We can not expect to win using the weapons of Satan. Wake up!

Prayer For An Expectant Faith

Lord Jesus, my faith is so weak. I come to you today asking for the gift of an expectant faith so I may believe in your great mercy and love. I know You are the same, yesterday, today and forever. I know that You healed all who came to You when You were alive. So I also know that You still heal people today.
I thank You for the many ways You personally touch and heal us. I thank You for the healing provided in the sacraments especially the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. I know in my head that You are present in the Eucharist. I ask today for the gift of heart knowledge of Your loving presence in the Eucharist. You are there waiting for me every day to come and receive You in faith. You long for me to come to You and bring my needs and problems to You. All of the power that fed the 5000, that healed the paralytic and created the universe is there waiting for me. I know this in my head but not my heart. I beg You to touch my heart, strengthen my faith. Help me to believe and understand that Your love for me is beyond my imagination, that You want what is best for me. That Your mercy is beyond comprehension. It doesn’t matter that I’m not worthy, that I am a sinner. You love me as I am. You created me out of love and died to pay for my sins. My sins are forgiven as soon as I confessed them. Help me to understand that it isn’t my worthiness that matters but Your awesome love and mercy. This is so beyond my understanding that I need your grace to believe and to accept your love.
I block your power in so many ways. I feel unworthy, or fail to confess my sins especially my pride. Too often I am too proud to come to You for help. I foolishly try to handle things on my own. I block Your power with my resentments and unforgiveness. I forget that I am to forgive others as You have forgiven me. I don’t focus on You and the prayers of the mass but on who’s there, what they’re wearing or who didn’t say hello. I do everything but adore and worship You.
Too often I limit Your power with my lack of belief. I put You in a box of God doesn’t … and forget that the hand and power that holds the universe together is present in the Eucharist. I forget that You love me more than I love my children, parents or spouse. I need Your grace, Lord, to put aside all the distractions and focus on You and Your awesome, incredible, inconceivable, incomprehensible love for me. I need Your grace to believe in the awesome power You provide in the Eucharist. I need Your grace to believe that You care about every aspect of my life.. I need Your grace to repent and put aside the pride that keeps me from coming to You in humility. I need Your grace to trust in You. I need Your grace to forgive others as You have forgiven me and leave behind all my resentments and unforgiveness. I can’t do these things on our own. I am too weak so I come to you and trust in Your mercy. I know that with You all things are possible. I ask these things in Your holy name, Jesus Amen.