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Words for the Journey

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No one can live only on food. People need every word God has spoken.

When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven.

When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you.

Don’t store up treasures on earth! Instead, store up your treasures in heaven.

Your heart will always be where your treasure is

Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.

I tell you not to worry about your life. Can worry make you live longer?

Why do you have such little faith? Put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.

God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.

Ask, and you will receive. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be open for you.

Treat others, as you want them to treat you.

You can tell what they are by what they do.

I didn’t come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners.

Anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.

If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.

Good people bring good things out of their hearts, but evil people bring evil things out of their hearts.

What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?

Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.

Everyone who is now first will be last, and everyone who is last will be first.

Love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”

If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.

I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.

Reflection – Choose one of these sayings of Christ to become your focus each day as you journey.

Monica Boudreaux

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Grace Rules

Child psychologists tell us that children not only need, but want rules.  “They require set limits to ensure them of the security and sense of control needed for proper development.”

Adolescents balk at rules.  They seem to go all out to prove the old saying that, “Rules are meant to be broken.”  They, too, are desperately groping for a boundary of comfort and safety, however.

Adults are generally regarded as “rule setters.”  We use our wisdom and life experience to make those rules we feel are important for our children’s well-being.

I don’t know about you, but when I am exhausted by life’s demands or find myself out of resources to deal with a difficult situation, I long for a set of rules for the game of life.  I would enjoy giving up the gut-wrenching decisions and judgment calls of life, for a set of rules that would free me of the awesome responsibility of the moment.

If you have ever wanted someone to tell you what to do and relieve you of your burden of responsibility – GREAT NEWS!  Romans 12:9-21 gives us ten rules for a successful life:

1.  Love sincerely.

2.  Hate evil.

3.  Honor others.

4.  Have joy, hope, and patience.

5.  Pray.

6.  Share.

7.  Be good to your enemies.

8.  Get along.

9.  Don’t be conceited.

10. Don’t get back.

Paul wrote these words to a group of beleaguered and persecuted Christians in the huge pagan city of Rome almost 2,000 years ago.  The payoff for following the rules for those first century Christians is exactly the same for us today and is found in verse 21.  “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Be assured of this promise – good overcomes evil – always!

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Sayings of the Master

Sermon On The Mount

Matthew 4:16-25

  • No one can live only on food. People need every word God has spoken.
  • When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven.
  • When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you.
  • Don’t store up treasures on earth! Instead, store up your treasures in heaven.
  • Your heart will always be where your treasure is
  • Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.
  • I tell you not to worry about your life. Can worry make you live longer?
  • Why do you have such little faith? Put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
  • God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.
  • Ask, and you will receive. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be open for you.
  • Treat others, as you want them to treat you.
  • You can tell what they are by what they do.
  • I didn’t come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners.
  • Anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.
  • If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.
  • Good people bring good things out of their hearts, but evil people bring evil things out of their hearts.
  • What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?
  • Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.
  • Everyone who is now first will be last, and everyone who is last will be first.
  • Love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”
  • If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.
  • I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.

Reflection – Choose one of these sayings of Christ to become your focus each day as you journey.

Monica Boudreaux

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Evil and Passions

00058_christ_pantocrator_mosaic_hagia_sophia_656x800A disciple of Abba Anthony said, ‘If anyone wants to drive out the demons, he must first subdue the passions; for he will banish the demon of the passion which he has mastered. For example, the devil accompanies anger; so if you control your anger, the devil of anger will be banished. And so it is with each of these passions.’

——–Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Self-control and overcoming the negative forces and habits that drive each of us is a worthy goal. The wise old man attributes every problem very directly to a “demon.” We do not share such a view of good and evil. We do, however, need to acknowledge the presence of supernatural evil in our world. That being said, I want to concentrate on the positive advice of the saying.

Passion is the root of both good and evil. Learn to reap your positive passions, and subdue your negative (sins) ones and you will be on your way to a life of the Spirit. We are advised to master the passions that lead us away from God and our neighbor, thus banishing that obstacle of spiritual attainment from our lives. May each of us take this to heart, and make it a matter of fervent prayer.

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Evil

Saint Macarius of Egypt and the Cherub. Venera...

Saint Macarius of Egypt and the Cherub. Venerable Saint Macarius (ca. 300- d. 391, Scetes, Egypt) is one of the most prominent desert Fathers of the Church, known also as Macarius the Great. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘A mother came here with her little child, possessed with a devil, who said to his mother, “Get up, woman, let us go away from here.” She replied, “I cannot walk any further,” and the little child said to her, “I will carry you myself.” I wondered at the devil’s tricks and how eager he was to make them flee.’

 ——-sayings of the Desert Fathers

I would be the first to say that this story is a myth, but we must be reminded that myths and legends put forth great truths. The actuality of this story is that evil can appear to be helpful. If all that was destructive in our society would hurt and destroy, then most of us would never go in that direction. Sin, evil comes in various disguises that fool us into thinking that it is the proper thing to do.  The wisdom of the fathers is that evil will do anything to get away from good. It will promise success, fame and fortune but it will always flee from what is good and right.

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