Posted by: sisterbernice | August 27, 2010

Moving On

Thinking about last week’s entry and the comment I received:  they reinforced that it’s time to heal but healing is a long process.  And, everyone does it differently.  Prayer is my weapon so I continue to pray.  I believe, I trust.  So, I am praying my prayers, especially the rosary which I invite all of you to do.  I have adoration on my calendar for next week since it is first Friday.  Hope some of you will go to yours for the sex abuse scandal but also to spend time with the Lord.  All three readings today have nuggets in them that pertain to my purpose and theme but the Responsorial Psalm is my choice for the earth is filled with the goodness of the Lord and when we allow the dark to enter our minds, hearts and souls, we deprive ourselves of not only the light but the Lord.  All the readings are found here:  http://www.usccb.org/nab/082710.shtml

Ps. 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11:

R. (5) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

And something to think about from St. Clement 3rd Pope after Peter in his Letter to the Corinthians – the whole of which deals with a problem particular to Corinth but in its expression of faith and creed, the letter is a treasure to read.  Considering it is pretty much accepted by scholars as being from Clement who died around 97 AD, it is also an interesting window into the early church.  You can find multiple copies online including here  from which I have cut and pasted these passages for us to think about in order to turn darkness into light and to bear fruit:

“Let us consider, beloved, how the Lord continually proves to us that there shall be a future resurrection, of which He has rendered the Lord Jesus Christ the first-fruits by raising Him from the dead. Let us contemplate, beloved, the resurrection which is at all times taking place. Day and night declare to us a resurrection. The night sinks to sleep, and the day arises; the day [again] departs, and the night comes on. Let us behold the fruits [of the earth], how the sowing of grain takes place. The sower goes forth, and casts it into the ground, and the seed being thus scattered, though dry and naked when it fell upon the earth, is gradually dissolved. Then out of its dissolution the mighty power of the providence of the Lord raises it up again, and from one seed many arise and bring forth fruit.

Having then this hope, let our souls be bound to Him who is faithful in His promises, and just in His judgments. He who has commanded us not to lie, shall much more Himself not lie; for nothing is impossible with God, except to lie. Let His faith therefore be stirred up again within us, and let us consider that all things are near unto Him. By the word of His might He established all things, and by His word He can overthrow them. Who shall say unto Him, What have you done? Or, Who shall resist the power of His strength? When, and as He pleases, He will do all things, and none of the things determined by Him shall pass away. All things are open before Him, and nothing can be hidden from His counsel. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handy-work. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. And there are no words or speeches of which the voices are not heard.”

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