November 2, 2020
All Souls’ Day
Focusing on the Shepherd
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

It isn’t our perceived comfort or the accumulation of material possessions that determines our well-being or satisfaction, it’s our lens.

In any situation, we can choose the lens with which we view the world, particularly our own circumstances. We can choose to have a lens of scarcity or a lens of abundance. Before we ever open our eyes to a new day, we choose what we want to see—and that is exactly what we find. This happens intentionally on the front end or reactively on the back end with knee-jerk responses to thoughts, emotions and moods.

As part of my morning devotional time, I write a list of intentions in my journal. I deliberately choose my lens to focus on what I want to see, how I want to feel and how I want to show up for myself and others.

When we start our day with the intention to follow our Shepherd, we choose a lens of abundance, gratitude and love. We choose to accept the care and protection offered to us as his sheep.

- Kristin Armstrong

Comments

November 2, 2020 at 04:24 PM

Kristin, thank you for your heart touching devotion.

Prayers for our deceased relatives, friends and the Souls in Purgatory. May they be sanctified completely and enter God's kingdom. Amen.

"Focusing on the Shepherd"

"The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths, for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me."

How beautiful these words are. They are words full of "Hope", "Encouragement", "Love". They fill me with courage to stand up tall knowing that Jesus is with me every step. They give me strength to keep fighting the "fight of life".

God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.

November 2, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Amen.

November 2, 2020 at 10:21 AM

Amen.

November 2, 2020 at 10:06 AM

The Lord is our Shepard There Is Nothing I Shall Want.

Today, we remember the. Souls who have gone before us to prepare a way for us. Who are in a much better place than us, because the believe..

Today, please remember the Souls who have gone to be with our Lord And Savior. Offer up your prayers for each of them, even the ones who do not have anyone to pray for them, for all Souls are for God’s Kingdom.

When is the last time we prayed for the Souls in Purgatory? If we have not thought of them for a while, it is so important that each day we stop and offer up our prayers to them, as our prayers give them much relief.

Come to me says the Lord, I will give you life.

He who believes in me will have eternal life with me and shall never die. This is our belief, this is our Faith.

Jesus’s promise to us, today, is that we shall shall raise up on the last day. Everyone who believes in my Son, I will give you eternal life.

Do we believe.

Amen

Tillie
November 2, 2020 at 03:49 PM

Amen Tim. Thank you for your inspiring words as usual. You have the gift of discipleship.

November 2, 2020 at 10:01 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, King of Endless Glory. Amen

November 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM

I love this promise Jesus gave me in John 6:40, "
* For this is the will of My Father,
* that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life,
* and I shall raise him on the last day."

Do you see Jesus? Do you believe in Him? If yes to both, then you shall have elernal life and He will raise you up on the last day :-) It is as simple as that! There is nothing else you have to do to have eternal life and to be raised up on the last day!!! To that I say Amen! Again I say Amen! :-) :-) :-)

What does seeing Jesus and believeing in Him look like? Wisdom 3:8 , "the LORD shall be their King forever.
* Those who trust in Him (Jesus) shall understand truth,
* and the faithful shall abide with Him in love: because grace and mercy are with His holy ones,
* and His care is with His elect.

So I ask you, His elect, His holy ones and the faithful...
* Is Jesus your Lord?
* Is Jesus your King?
* Do you trust Jesus?
* Do you understand His Truth?
* Do you abide with Jesus in love?
* Do you receive His grace and mercy?
* Do you live in His care?

If yes to all, then "there is nothing I shall want!"

I AM The Bread of Life by Suzanne Toolan
https://youtu.be/IvD0XJzOWQ4

Tillie
November 2, 2020 at 03:46 PM

Amen Salina. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Tim
November 2, 2020 at 10:13 AM

Salina, thank you.

May we and everyone who makes up our Living Faith Family, come together in prayer this day for all of the departed Souls and the Souls in Purgatory.

May all of us believe in Jesus Christ the One and Only Son of God.

Have a blessed day.

Amen.

November 2, 2020 at 09:56 AM

Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great. A prayer which would release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time it is said. Our Lord, You told Saint Gertrude the GREAT that the following prayer would release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well:

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of Your Divine son Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the whole world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, for myself, those in my own home and within my family. Amen

November 2, 2020 at 09:56 AM

Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great. A prayer which would release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time it is said. Our Lord, You told Saint Gertrude the GREAT that the following prayer would release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well:

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of Your Divine son Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the whole world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, for myself, those in my own home and within my family. Amen

Tillie
November 2, 2020 at 03:45 PM

Amen Lorraine! Thank you for sharing your prayer.

November 2, 2020 at 09:21 AM

Amen..

November 2, 2020 at 07:33 AM

Long ago I came across the term, the law of supply. Over the years it kept recurring in much that I read, perhaps because I was tuned into it. I moved gradually from a life of scarcity to a life of abundance. I may not have improved my net worth in financial or material terms, but that is not what abundance is about.
I also keep a journal under various headings, one piece I love from my law of supply journal is "I would impress upon you again that only as you are channels can I make your supply plentiful and constant. If you keep all you need, and then intend of your surplus to give to Me and Mine, there will be no surplus. I have promised to supply your need, so that as you impoverish yourselves, I repair that loss. Try and grasp that Truth in all its fullness."

It is a daily commitment to make the right choices, adopt the right attitude or as you put it Kristen focus through the correct lens. When I get stuck or conflicted I find this next piece always works to unblock me like a spray of spiritual WD40. "When supply seems to have failed you must know it has not done so.  But you must, at the same time, look around to see what you can give away. Give away something."

Tillie
November 2, 2020 at 03:44 PM

Patrick, beautifully written. Thank you.

Colleen
November 2, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Thank you Patrick for an amazingly powerful comment this morning "spray of spiritual WD40." I will carry that with me all day and into my journaling tonight. How many times in my prayer life do I need a spiritual spray of WD40 to unblock my many distractions when praying to our Lord and Blessed Mother. Thanks Patrick for that image!

Tim
November 2, 2020 at 10:07 AM

Patrick, thank you for your reflection today, how true are your thoughts and words shared with all of us today.
Amen..

Kjc
November 2, 2020 at 09:57 AM

Patrick you have done it again. Love you comments living faith family I am going to aw wake and funeral Mass.
I will pray for the living faith family and the souls in purgatory.
Today is all souls day I will pray for those who have helped me along my way

Ken

Salina
November 2, 2020 at 09:39 AM

Love that picture you have painted through the lens you provided :-) Thank you, Patrick!

Carol
November 2, 2020 at 09:20 AM

Amen..

November 2, 2020 at 06:50 AM

For all the souls of our departed, may they be at peace with our Lord in heaven. Remember to keep praying for those in purgatory that their time there will be short and soon the gate will be opened for them.

Carol
November 2, 2020 at 09:21 AM

Rest In Peace, Amen.

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