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If There Is Any Encouragement In Christ

If There Is Any Encouragement In Christ

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time- Memorial of St. Therese

If There Is Any Encouragement In Christ

Jesus: “I did not say that to discourage you. I want to encourage you so that you do not seek relief by looking to the earth in your battles. Look only at Me. I want that, while snuggling yourself right against Me and surrendering to Me in your arduous struggles, you never stop looking only upwards.”  (Jesus) (February 7, 1963)

Today’s Readings: Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing. (Philippians 2)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord we adore You, we worship You, and we glorify You because today is the day of the Memorial of St. Therese and even though it is a Sunday which supersedes the Memorial, Mother Church gives us the beautiful second reading about encouragement and being of the same mind as You. St. Therese has to be the most encouraging saint- she has told us that You do not look at the greatness of our actions but the love with which we do them! That love comprises all vocations, that love is everything, and that it embraces all times and all places  because it is eternal! That the least act of pure love is of more value than all the other works put together! O Lord we love You in all of Your Saints! And how do we possess this love and encouragement in You Lord and complete Your joy? By not looking at the earth but only at You Lord surrendering all of our struggles with the confidence of a little child!