November 9, 2020
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
What Already Is
…for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Today is the feast of the cathedral church of Rome, the oldest basilica in the Western world. Tourists will often remove their shoes, cover their heads and remain silent in this holy place to show respect. Yet, although deserving our reverence, we need to remember what is most important. St. Paul reminds us that we are the temple of God and are holy. There is no need to waste months or years of our lives searching outside of us when the source of holiness—the Holy Spirit—already dwells inside of us. Can we honor and be grateful for our sanctity and wash the feet of one another in loving service? We may cover our heads, but what judgmental or negative thoughts crawl underneath? Can we be silent, when necessary, and quell negative explosions and unjust criticisms?

If we merely honor a basilica today, we miss the most important point. Today, as we honor a basilica, let’s make it an occasion that transforms us more deeply into living temples of God.

- Sr. Bridget Haase O.S.U.

Comments

November 9, 2020 at 09:48 PM

I continue to have challenges in trying to post comments because my devices keep telling me that the livingfaith.com site is “not secure”. I tried to respond today and it would not “submit” my comment. Hope this goes through. Thank you.

Living Faith Team
November 12, 2020 at 09:25 AM

Dear Pam, thanks to new website, livingfaith.com is completely secure since Tuesday Nov. 10 5:00 AM EST. Blessings from the Living Faith team.

November 9, 2020 at 06:04 PM

Well Hello! Thought I was on the wrong link for a moment there. Due to my time zone and such, I'm usually the last to post here. And I miss a lot of comments by the time I get here. I always look back the day before to see those great devotions. I'll wait to see if admin can include those I've missed. Anyway, know that my final evening prayers are for this Living Faith family. Tillie, extra ones for you this evening.

BILL L
November 9, 2020 at 06:09 PM

I also noticed that the "Daily Readings" link is missing.

November 9, 2020 at 04:55 PM

Hello Living Faith Family, I spoke to someone in Administration who helped me with the past postings issue. We are able to view our Living Faith Family past postings up until October 14, 2020. We cannot view any of our past postings from October 15,2020 through today November 9, 2020. New past postings will be created as of today 11/9/2020. I'm sorry I have not been commenting lately. I have had a spiritual downfall . I am in the process of healing. Please pray for me.........

November 9, 2020 at 04:24 PM

I agree with Salina: Hmmm...The new website...and I could not see all the old postings in the past? I'm very disappointed at the fact that I'm not able to see the previous postings from my dear Living Faith Family Friends, there are many, many of them. It would always make me happy to look back at the their postings and reflect on them. I'm asking Administration To please provide us with a way to view the past LFF posting............... Tillie

Living Faith
November 9, 2020 at 04:56 PM

Dear Living Faith friends, we're looking at giving you access to older reflections and comments. Stay tuned! Thank you for your loyalty. Blessings.

November 9, 2020 at 03:53 PM

Hmmm...The new website...and I could not see all the old postings in the past? I thought I would leave my comments on this website for my girls when I die as their inheritance ???? my legacy? Looks like it's not about me leaving anything behind, but God Himself ???????????? Dear administration, is there a way the old postings can be preserved for viewing?

Salina
November 9, 2020 at 04:00 PM

No, it does not!

Salina
November 9, 2020 at 03:59 PM

Checking to see the formatting on comments...whether it allows “Returns” and “Line breaks”? * Point one * Point two * Point three

November 9, 2020 at 02:28 PM

Thank you, Sister, for your message today that is: 1 COR 3:17 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.* As Mother Teresa has said that we need to have dignity for ourselves and respect the dignity of others and that our purity needs to be pure/holy.

Genoveva Lopez Respond to comment
November 9, 2020 at 11:23 AM

I'm having a procedure today (EGD) Please pray for me that everything goes well with God willing, thank you Living faith Family

Rita
November 9, 2020 at 01:47 PM

Dear Genoveva, may the Lord be with you and may you feel his loving arms around you to give you peace.

November 9, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Amen. Beautiful message.

November 9, 2020 at 11:09 AM

I believe we are all parts of the one body that is the living God. The Holy Spirit, God in us and we individually contributing our part, fulfilling our role in the collective that is the body of God. It's an eternal continuum supported from the abundant storehouse of God. All in one, and one in all. Thank you Sr. Bridget for an insightful devotional.

November 9, 2020 at 10:26 AM

Salina, after reading your reflection today on Sunday’s Gospel, it gave me such a feeling of inner peace.

I slowly read every word, and it calmed me, fans I felt at peace when I read the last word.

Salina, you truly have a God given gift, thank you for sharing it with each of us.

Amen.

Salina
November 9, 2020 at 11:28 AM

I know how all of you feel whether you are from either side of the political divide! My family is divided when it comes to the election...as a matter of fact when I woke up at Jessi’s apartment Sunday morning, she talked and complained about her sister Katie for 30min. They had a text fight on politics and eventually turned personal that lasted from midnight to 2:30am in the morning. Good thing I was sleeping in the second bedroom and Jessi didn’t wake me up :-) She did say she wanted to, but she said when she came to the door she saw that I was snoring :-) (Trust me, I never heard me snoring :-)

Remember the story of Rehab, the prostitute lied to protect the spies from Israel. How do I know if the impropriety we want to believe is not for the good of His people? I feel like Jonah not happy nor willing to give the Ninevites a chance to repent :-(

It is about but then again it isn’t about the economy, the job number, the virus or Christian friendly policies, He has showed me over and over again.......it is about saving us and our eternal destiny no matter whether you are an ass or an elephant (sorry, I can’t help myself :-)

So I pray that more people will come to Christ in the next 4 years in sickness and in health, in poor and in wealth until I see Jesus face to face with a smile on His face :-)

My trust is not in men, but totally on God who deserves my devotion without distraction no matter how sad or bad the perception it seems to me! If God can put in the government policies that call on the Name of the One true God with Trump, so He can with Biden or anyone He chooses to be President and VP no matter what their backgrounds were! His plan cannot be thwarted:-) What He said/says, He would/will do! No ifs or buts just period :-)

Sharing a fun fact about me in this text on October 19, 2020:
* 1802278xxxx - Hi D. There are less than 3 weeks left to vote in this election. Less than 3 weeks to choose our nation’s future. Can we count on you to remind 3 friends to vote for Biden by Nov. 3rd? Jeanette, a MoveOn volunteer
* Salina - I don’t think so (emoji of sad face) I have already voted. And it’s not Biden. I’m sorry you have to MoveOn...
* 1800278xxxx - I am removing you from further texts from MoveOn immediately. Stay safe and be well.
* Salina - Thank you! You too (emoji of two hearts)

November 9, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Ourself’s (Our Bodies) are God’s temple.

To survive in the temptation of today’s world, which help take our focus off of our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to remember that our own bodies are God’s temple.

We are created by God and his Holy Spirit dwells in each of our bodies.

Anyone who seeks out to destroy our bodies, will be destroyed by God. Fear, anxiety and worry in our lives try to tear down what God has made.

The world full of its temptation and sin, again try to tear down our bodies, which God has created for each of us.

We need to stop, come to our Lord in prayer today, first thing this morning before we begin our day and ask our God to protect our bodies from the negative things that work to destroy it.

It is up to us to be on guard and fill our bodies up with what is good.

God will destroy our enemies who or what try’s to destroy our bodies.

Blessed are we who have put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus hear our prayers today for all of the blessed soul in Purgatory. Please hear all of our prayers in the entire world for their souls, so that some day soon they too can be reunited with you and all of the angles and saints in your heavenly kingdom.

Prayers for our Living Faith Family, may all of you and your families find his peace within you.

I pray, Amen.

kjc
November 9, 2020 at 12:04 PM

Salina, Tim I love your comments and reflections.
Pam and Genoveva I will pray for your procedures go well. Thank you God for great weather in western New York. Please pray for those in our country who suffering from the effects of flood and fires.
Please keep the essential workers and first responders, medical people and souls in purgatory in your prayers. Ann I am praying for you and John.
Ron I hope you found some solutions for attending Mass. Living Faith family I will pray a scriptural rosary for all you people right now.

Ken



November 9, 2020 at 10:18 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful 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. 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
Praying for Pam that her tests are all clear.

November 9, 2020 at 10:15 AM

Amen.

November 9, 2020 at 10:12 AM

Good Morning!
Yes, I’m up early!

I ask for your prayers today as I have my annual oncology tests.
Friday I see my oncologist, get results and a physical check up.

I still get nervous, and I know one can never have too many prayers.
So, I humbly ask you to pray for His continued gentle mercy in my life and for
uneventful tests today, and for those who will administer and read these tests.
God Bless us all and all who we love!

Holly
November 9, 2020 at 11:19 AM

Love and prayers are sent your way.

Sandy
November 9, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Pam, I have prayed for all that you have asked and for peace for you! I am a consummate worrier so I get you! Pray for faith and peace.

November 9, 2020 at 07:18 AM

Thank you and Saint Paul for the reminder that we are temples of God. Thank you, Lord, for my many blessings.

November 9, 2020 at 05:23 AM

That was so beautiful! Thank you.

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