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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Jan
28

'Leading Questions'

St. Thomas Aquinas

They were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?"

- Mark 4:41

Who is he? Who is this man--this Lord, friend, teacher--full of power but hanging powerless on a cross?

Our faith is marked by questions. We seek, trusting that there must be a source to satisfy the hungers we have been born with. St. Thomas Aquinas was a man of questions and answers, all born of deep hunger and love for God. Balanced, he prayed the Mass with intense devotion, wrote beautiful hymns, sacrificed much to give himself wholly to God and share with the world the fruit of his search.

It might surprise us to view Aquinas' writings as devotional reading, but American fiction writer Flannery O'Connor did just that. She wrote in a letter, "I read it every night before I go to bed...In any case I feel I can personally guarantee that St. Thomas loved God because for the life of me I cannot help loving St. Thomas."

Creator God, may my questions lead me closer to you.

- Amy Welborn
 
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God answered us with this statement "Have faith my children I have not forgotten you."
Yesterday we were faced with a new challenge. i now know had we not been able to handle this new change it would not been granted to us. Yes It will affect our daily life but we will forever be changed by it. God give my family the strength and courage to continue to trust in God's plan for us. Amen!
Bonnie | Posted on: 2017-01-28 15:41:44
 
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2017-01-28 08:56:58
 
Questions are always good as we prepare our hearts and learn from the answers and (most of the times for me) questions in return. The process of questioning, listening and searching lead us closer to God in building our faith especially during the waiting period!

Hear what the disciples' first question was in this scene of Mark 4:38, "Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke Him and said to Him,"Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"

Can you relate? I do! "Where were You God when I was going through difficult times and had no one? Where were You when the children were being abused? Where were You when the babies were being aborted? Where are You with all the sufferings in this world? Don't You have a plan for us? Don't You love us?"

Jesus replied with a question in Mark 4:40, "Then He asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?"

Listen to the faith chapter of today's reading in Hebrews 11:1-2, 13-14, "The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd....Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home." (The Message)

Most of the times, my replies come from the Scriptures:

John 3:16, "God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life." That is why I sent my Son to die for the sins of the world. This is My plan of long ago, prophesied by the prophets and being fulfilled in My timing! I AM!

Other times, my replies come from other people and their stories or writings:

See the foot prints on the sand? There is only one set of foot prints.....it is Mine, I was carrying you the whole time!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; You have come to Your people. Through Your holy prophets You promised of old that You would save us from our sins from the hands of all who hate us. You promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember Your holy covenant. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; You have come to us. Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-01-28 08:43:37
 
The gospel today is often told to show the power God has, tht he can even command the wind and the sea. But it's actually my favorite gospel for reminding us how to live every day. In our lives, we are often faced with challenges and events that sometimes make us say "Hey God, don't you care about me? Don't you see that I'm about to drown, that this care or trouble of mine is really concerning me?" But what we fail to remember is that He's right there, right in the very same boat we're in! He's right next to us the whole time! Of course he cares! If our boat sinks, he's going down too!
Like this Gospel reading, we have to remember that He is all powerful, and can even command the sea and the storm. He is right with us the whole time, and won't let us drown! We just need to have faith, as in the first reading. Faith that He is there with us, and that He will save us from our storm!
A. Miller | Posted on: 2017-01-28 08:02:43
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Nicely said A. Miller. I relate to it, it inspired me and it reminded me of how powerful God is and that he is always with me.
Tillie | Posted on:: 2017-01-28 14:50:55
 
Thanks Cindy for the tip. I'll check it out. I did my graduate work on Flannery shortly after she died many years ago and have always been drawn by her devotion to the Faith. So I do try to follow and read what she followed and read--even St. Thomas's Summa at night. She loved St. Thomas! She was a great defender of the Faith.
Ken | Posted on: 2017-01-28 07:35:04
 
Amen! Thank you Lord for this day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconcilliation. Please Holy Father have mercy. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-01-28 07:21:00
 
Here's another great fictional story about St Thomas Aquinas that is so fabulous! Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. A great devotional read too.
The Quiet Light
A Novel about St. Thomas Aquinas
Author: Louis de Wohl
Cindy | Posted on: 2017-01-28 07:08:08
 
 
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