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Inspired

I have been inspired to write again after a long hiatus, stay tuned for more!

 

Peace,

The Wretch

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My Road To Damascus

Today seems like the right day to start blogging again. 

   While facing a slight bit of writers block it came to me, my personal faith journey and how it started in my adult life. 

   It was my own personal road to Damascus sort of speak. God’s plan for my conversion started way before I was aware.

 Being brought up Catholic I went through the motions of CCD and all the sacraments you receive. This brought me to the start of God’s plan. I needed a Comfirmation sponsor. My answer was easy, it would be my grandfather. He was the most faithful man I had ever known. When I asked him he said no, he was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s and was afraid he would forget what to say. So I asked my grandmother to be my sponsor and she agreed. 

    Fast forward some years later and me not going to church or having any religion in my life.  God had not forgotten me. He meet me where I was.  My grandfather passed away, it was a very sad time for me. The strongest person during this time was my grandmother due to her faith.   

Several months later I was thinking about her and how she would go to Mass every Sunday morning with my grandfather 8:00 Mass second pew on the right. Now she was there alone. I decided this wasn’t right, so I started to attend Mass with her on Sundays. (I did miss a few Sundays)  

This act on my part I thought was for her but it ended up being for me. God had brought me back through my Grandmother. This was my eye opening and initial conversion, My Road to Damascus. 

I have and do stumble sometimes but God brings me back, thanks to wonderful people in my life, my wife and my daughter and to this day my grandmother. 

“Was blind, but now I see. “


Peace,

The Wretch 

Please excuse any bad grammar or typos my proof reader (my wife) is away. 

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A day of prayer and fasting for Syria

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Peace,
The Wretch

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Confession

       This morning I was reading the daily Gospel Reading, and was struck by Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”.  It really started me thinking, if this man our first Pope, the rock that the church is built on  felt unworthy to be in the presence of Jesus.  Yet Jesus kept the self proclaimed sinner in his presence and as his closest companion on earth.  What an awesome display of forgiving sin.  The joy Simon Peter must have felt knowing that what ever sin he may have committed are forgiven by our Lord.  

      I too have experience this forgiveness every day.  I ask for it in prayer or by what I consider one of the greatest sacraments we are given penance.  The relief I feel after confession and the burden I feel lifted off my shoulders is indescribable.  Knowing that our savior has already forgotten my sins and loves me despite them is so overwhelming.  I know its cliche but God hates the sin not the sinner.  For those who have not been to confession in a long time or have never been, do not fear it, embrace it you will feel so much better afterwards.   Jesus loves all of us sinners.  

 

Peace,

The Wretch

 

A Prayer of Contrition

Merciful Father I am guilty of sin I confess my sins before you and I am sorry for them. Your promises are just; therefore I trust that you will forgive my sins and cleanse me from every stain of sin. Jesus himself is the propitiation for my sins and the sin of the whole world. I put my hope in his atonement. May my sins be forgiven through His name and in His blood may my soul be made clean.

Amen

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Jesus Help Me!

Jesus Help Me!

Sometimes we need to remember to simply ASK for his help!

Peach,
The Wretch

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Prayer Of St. Ignatius Of Loyola

Here I a great prayer that I wanted to share with everyone.

 

Prayer Of St. Ignatius Of Loyola

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;

teach me to serve You as You deserve;

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labor and not to ask for reward

save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.

 

Peace,

The Wretch 

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Great words to take action upon.

Such great words by Pope Francis

Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation.

Peace,
The Wretch

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God Bless Pope Francis

Habemus Papam

Only a few days as Pope and I’m in awe and inspired by Pope Francis.

“As you know, the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop,” he said. “It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the earth to find him.” -Pope Francis

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Peace,
The Wretch

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Prayer for Strength to Forgive

 

Faultless Lord, enduring death for me,
You have consummated the debt of my sins:
Your sacrifice of forgiveness was absolute!
Grant me the strength to also forgive others,
To excuse their transgressions against me.
So I may truly reflect this spiritual fruit,
Obliterate any persistent feelings of malice.
Let each trespass end as a closing chapter,
My continuing on the road of righteousness.
Forgive my sins as I aspire to forgive others.
You are truly archetypical of forgiveness.
You are a most forgiving Lord!

Amen.

 

 

More to come on this,

The Wretch

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Prayer for the intersession of Saint Paul

O glorious St. Paul, after persecuting the Church you became by God’s grace its most zealous Apostle. To carry the knowledge of Jesus, our Divine Savior, to the uttermost parts of the earth you joyfully endured prison, scourgings, stonings, and shipwreck, as well as all manner of persecutions culminating in the shedding of the last drop of your blood for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Obtain for us the grace to labor strenuously to bring the faith to others and to accept any trials and tribulations that may come our way. Help us to be inspired by your Epistles and to partake of your indomitable love for Jesus, so that after we have finished our course we may join you in praising Him in heaven for all eternity. Amen.

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