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The Lord loves you and is calling you to His Merciful Heart.
Rejoice in that fact and foster within your soul a holy longing to receive all that He wishes to bestow through this sacred gift of Mercy. I pray that I may have a burning desire for the Mercy You wish to offer me through this Sacrament. Humble me Lord, and help me to confidently open the wounds of my soul to Your healing grace.
Jesus, I trust in You.
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My Confessions: Reflections on Faith and Love - The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study
The choice to have faith is not an inherently emotional act, rather it is a rational act followed by works of love. In Aristotelian language, emotions are accidental properties that may or may not accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage; and, as we learn from St. John of the Cross, there are times when they are purposely absent to bring us ever closer to God.
This leads me to the value of suffering.
If you do wickedly, you will be punished by suffering; if you do well, you will not suffer. As always, the Catholic response to this is the biblical response. God answers Job by revealing that it is not for us to know why we suffer.
It is, however, our responsibility to trust in God. Herein lies the purpose of suffering. It is through trust in God that we lose our self-love, and we love God for who he is, rather than for what he has given us. By alienating faith from works, Luther destroyed faith, because works are love. As St.
Paul too spoke on this when he said:. Faith is the means by which we do what God asks of us, namely abandon our self-love so we can love others for their own sake and thereby love our Maker. To separate the two perverts the very purpose of faith and misapprehends it as an emotional reaction to God. Deacon Bob Yerhot serves the diocese of Winona, Minnesota. He has dedicated his life to the service of his family and the Catholic Church.
He has studied philosophy, classical humanities, theology and social work at St. He currently serves two parishes in southeast Minnesota, is the Assistant Director of the Diaconate for the Diocese of Winona, and is the diocesan consultant for the Courage and Encourage Apostolate in the diocese. He offers days of reflection and retreats for diaconal communities in the United States. For over 30 years he practiced clinical social work and psychotherapy before retiring in Search for:.