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'Abundant Blessings'

...how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?

- Luke 11:13

Often I hear the cry, "If God is with me, why does he not answer my prayer?" Parents with suffering children, victims of violence, people with devastating illnesses all cry to God for help. Some turn away from God in anger; others persevere in faith.

Such agonizing moments deserve more than a simplistic response. These can inflame more than quell spirits in pain. Human suffering deserves to be fully acknowledged and peoples' losses grieved.

Jesus himself does not give a simple answer. But he does assure us that if we ask, we will receive the Holy Spirit. This is likely not what we asked for, but more than we could imagine. The Spirit will sustain us in our sufferings and, moreover, provide unrequested, abundant blessings.

Lord, in our great need, send us your Spirit. In your overflowing generosity, may this Spirit give us strength to endure and a taste of your infinite blessings.

- Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti
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Msgr. ...... that reflection hit me hard & made alot of sense. Thank you & God bless you.
Most of all, Thanks be to God !
Paul | Posted on: 2017-10-12 16:08:23
Rich | Posted on: 2017-10-12 15:10:56
Thank you, Monsignor, for words that will sustain and a message I needed to hear again.
Eva | Posted on: 2017-10-12 12:40:39
I often think of why God doesn't answer our prayers. This is a simple way of looking at it. I have three children. When they were young, they would often ask me for candy. I sometimes said no, knowing that it would spoil their dinner. They would get upset. I think of my prayers that way. I ask for what I want, but God knows the big picture. In the long run, I have to place my trust in God and believe that He will take care of me.
Dwane | Posted on: 2017-10-12 12:23:19
Great analogy!
Anna | Posted on:: 2017-10-12 22:31:21
love it love it !!!! thank you
rose simons | Posted on: 2017-10-12 11:46:46
Jesus may not give us what we want, but He always gives us what we need......God Himself, the Holy Spirit! What more do I ask for, the Holy Spirit is all I need :-)

Holy Spirit, You are my Comforter, my Counselor, my Advocate, my Seal of guarantee and promise, my Guide, my Revealer, my Intercessor, my Teacher, my Witness, my All in All! You are the Author of Scripture, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of God, the Convicter of sin, and the Spirit of Life! Come dwell in my temple of filthy rag, clean out the house, redecorate the rooms especially the heart room, crucify my sinful nature, and make Yourself at home! Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-10-12 08:24:24
Salina thank you for a great prayer!
Jack | Posted on:: 2017-10-12 09:10:47
Gregg | Posted on:: 2017-10-12 11:09:15
Beautiful! Salina. Brief and down to the point. I love it.
Tillie | Posted on:: 2017-10-12 16:51:04
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2017-10-12 08:12:15
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. 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 reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ now and forever. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-10-12 07:14:48
Yesterday I took a church friend to her chemotherapy. I had never been to an oncology clinic before and I will tell you that it was very emotional and humbling for me. The lobby was packed, as well as each of the treatment wings. There were small children, and adults of all ages, including the very old. Everyone was hooked up to machines to receive "life". I left sobbing, yet very thankful that my life is so good.

When we struggle with others' suffering, we are awakened to the beauty of our own blessings. My friend is always upbeat and never lets her cancer get her down. She is a wonderful model of pure faith!

Lord, comfort all those who are suffering with these debilitating diseases, and help us to always be thankful for the blessings you give us!
Linda | Posted on: 2017-10-12 06:59:46
Lia | Posted on:: 2017-10-12 07:02:21
I had a friend who had since gone on with the Lord, she looked at chemotherapy as her planting ground for the Gospel because the soil is futile!

Linda, you remind me of Romans 12:5, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep."

Blessings by Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Salina | Posted on:: 2017-10-12 08:04:37
Cindy | Posted on: 2017-10-12 06:30:12
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