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Thoughts of Fr. John – November 2018

Do not think or do anything without giving prayer to God. Doing something God-pleasing benefits both the actor and re-actor and gives purpose. Without dedication to God it lacks purpose. As the psalmist puts it: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1).

It is impossible for man to do what he DOES NOT desire. It is impossible for God NOT TO DO what HE desires. Although God wants us all to be saved WE must initiate action on our behalf towards God. If we ignore God in this world then we do not desire salvation. There is one thing God will not do and that is to force us to love him. So, we can in this world continue to be fools with impunity – until of course comes the call: Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?”

From Psalm 113: “blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.” (v2-3). In all things, let us show gratitude.

One of the truest aphorisms surely must be this: “charity is a virtue of the heart and not of the hands. Gifts and giving, coming from the hands, are the expressions of this virtue and are not the essence”. You see, unless charity is given from the heart it is lifeless. After all, charity is love in action. So, think about this when you give – whatever it may be..