March 12, 2020
Lenten Weekday
All Day, Every Day
Lead me to find that place in my daily life where I can gain strength and hope from you, Lord.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 40:5 (responsorial)
Last year, we spent a couple of weeks in Seville, Spain. Around the corner from our apartment was a church with a forecourt. In the rear of this courtyard stood a statue of St. Jude Thaddeus. Any time I walked past, day or evening, I saw the same sight: a steady stream of people coming in from the street--passing by on the sidewalk bearing briefcases, shopping bags and backpacks, young and old--stopping in to light a candle, offer flowers (there was always a bank of bouquets in front of the statue) and stand for a moment and pray. All day, every day. What a gift, to have such a spot right there in the midst of your daily rounds between work, home and school to stop, bring your joys and sorrows, and take a moment to breathe deep in the quiet, and in the midst of it, find hope, once more, in the Lord.

- Amy Welborn

Comments

March 12, 2020 at 01:03 PM

I can almost always tell when Amy is the writer because her comments are always personal. I love her comments.

Tillie
March 12, 2020 at 05:09 PM

Thank you Amy for your inspiring devotion.

I have found two places where I go to gain faith, strength and hope from our Lord. one of them is my bedroom where there is peace and quiet and where I sit in the presence of my Lord. The second is church where there is also peace and quiet and where I am also in His presence.

The never ending love of our Lord continually probes our hearts and tests our minds. He looks for any soft spots in hardened hearts and minds. Once He finds that soft spot He always finds a way to penetrate that heart. He constantly works and probes all our hearts to seep deeper inward.

Pray for an increase of faith in the steadfast love of our Lord.

March 12, 2020 at 12:33 PM

Thank you Amy.

This devotion reminds me of my love for the Dogwood tree. Before I downsized from my home of many years I always loved the many dogwoods surrounding the whole neighborhood. They were mostly white and beautiful this time of year.

In my new place I noticed there were no dogwoods at all and how much I missed them. One day sitting in my place where I pray I noticed out the window a tiny white flower about to bloom. And yes, I hurried outside to look and there were two small dogwood trees. I now call them my prayer trees.

Continued prayers, love and peace to all.

March 12, 2020 at 10:21 AM

Please, Lord, through the intercession of Your Mother, St. Joseph, St, Jude, and all the saints, pour Your Divine Mercy upon us as we deal with anxiety over the Coronavirus. Please turn our fears into faith and hope. Amen.

GL1951
March 12, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. Wash your hands then show your faith which is the size of a mustard seed and move the mountain (coronavirus) Continue to help all who need us.

March 12, 2020 at 09:45 AM

God's Word in today's readings:

Cursed is the man
* who trusts in human beings,
* who seeks his strength in flesh,
* whose heart turns away from the LORD.
* He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season,
* But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.
* who follows the counsel of the wicked
* walks in the way of sinners,
* sits in the company of the insolent,
* the wicked are like chaff which the wind drives away.
* the way of the wicked vanishes.
* If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
* neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.

Blessed is the man
* who trusts in the LORD,
* whose hope is the LORD.
* He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream:
* It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green;
* In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.
* delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night.
* He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season,
* and whose leaves never fade.
* Whatever he does, prospers.
* the LORD watches over the way of the just,
* who have kept the Word with a generous heart
* and yield a harvest through perseverance.

Bottom line
* More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?
* The LORD, alone probe the mind and test the heart, to reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds.
* Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Amen! (Psalm 139:24-25)

Search Me Oh God/I surrender All by Carman
https://youtu.be/u_m_0V8KTKo

Pam
March 12, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Wow Salina!
My new mantra...
46:10!!!!!
Thank you for sharing Kimm's video message!

Salina
March 12, 2020 at 10:13 AM

https://vimeo.com/397084279

I serve at two student ministries: BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and CBS (Community Bible Study). Sharing with you an encouraging video from Kimm Carr of CBS. I was at the 2019 Spring training in Colorado Springs. I remember it well. I hope this is encouraging to those of us who are facing unexpected situations now or later!

March 12, 2020 at 09:16 AM

St Jude
Pray for us

March 12, 2020 at 09:00 AM

Amen.

March 12, 2020 at 08:41 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful 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 reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
Thank you Thank you Thank you

Stormy
March 12, 2020 at 09:06 AM

Love this prayer thank you

March 12, 2020 at 08:18 AM

Go make a difference, go and make a difference in your life and someone else life today.

During this Lenten Season, let us all, including me look around to seek those who need an encouraging voice in their lives.

Look around to the people who need our kind gestures during their day. Yesterday a simple opening the door for this lady coming out of the doctor’s office, brought a smile and laughter, to who could get their first.

Others are need of our financial help, let your kindness overflow and let it be anonymously.

Live your best life today, leave your troubles and trials at the door. There might be opportunities around the corner for us this Lent.

Do not wait to live as Jesus has taught us, in our lives. The rich man in today’s Gospel, he asked for help, but it was too late.

Act kindly to others today, as tomorrow is never a guarantee.

Amen.

March 12, 2020 at 08:12 AM

Amen. Thank you lord for the gift of the LF devotional and Family who have become a daily spiritual necessity for my life. Prayers for everyone’s intentions. Blessed indeed.

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