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Week Twenty-Seven. A Pure Heart. Simplicity.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with Faith produces modesty.

One virtue that helps us grow in purity, trust God more and grow in apostolic zeal is simplicity of heart. When I grow in simplicity of heart, I will never demand of God that He explain my vocation or my sufferings. I’m able to trust God with all my heart living a temperate life.

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Week Twenty-Seven. A Pure Heart. Trust.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

Recently I’ve been fascinated by birds. I love the freedom they portray for me. Listening to their gentle chirping to one another. Finding delight in a hummingbird’s visit to my Firecracker bush or the sighting of the brilliant red cardinal and its mate. I’m coming to the realization that these creatures are the Spirit’s voice urging me to trust in loving providence which purifies my heart.

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Week Twenty-Seven. A Pure Heart. Temperance.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with Faith produces modesty.

Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion: “Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart.” Temperance is often praised in the Old Testament: “Do not follow your base desires, but restrain your appetites.” In the New Testament it is called “moderation” or “sobriety.” We ought “to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world.”

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer.  The Breath prayer, says the Gravity Center, is an ancient Christian prayer practice dating back to at least the sixth century. Historically, it is associated with the Eastern Church, particularly Greek and Russian Orthodox churches. Known as the “Jesus Prayer” or “Prayer of the Heart,” early practitioners would repeat to the rhythm of their breath the phrase, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” In time, the prayer was shortened to, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy” or simply, “Jesus, mercy.” Breath prayer is a good example of “praying without ceasing” as St. Paul admonished us to do, and has the potential to become as natural as breathing. It is intended to be a very short prayer of praise or petition, just six to eight syllables. The words of the prayer can be easily adjusted to your heart’s desire.

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. Me and God.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

Finding goodness comes from loving in the right order and trusting in God’s mercy. I am so inclined to sin and weakness, But I want to show my love for You today. I long for my recompense to come only from You, not from people’s applause. I’m learning that it’s really just between You and me.

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. Turning.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

Will I surrender to God today and mean it? There is beauty in a God-guided life. There is wonder in the feeling of being led by God.  There is the excitement and anticipation of realizing God’s bounty and goodness more and more and what God is planning for me. Wonderful are His ways—they are beyond my knowledge. Will I turn to the words of Jesus and find God’s goodness today?

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. Spiritual Discipline.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

There are three essential disciplines leading us further in the journey of spiritual transformation: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Finding goodness lives in the space of healthy boundaries (fasting) and giving to others (almsgiving).

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. PRAY.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

When I PRAY, I find God’s goodness, the love and answers I need.

P – I praise God for the details of my life. Another day to fulfill my mission, to love my husband, children, and friends, to make a contribution at work, for the job that provides, for the food on my table are a few praises of gratitude I offer.

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. Strive for Better.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

A dear friend of mine lost her husband about seven months ago and about a month after she was diagnosed with breast cancer needing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. She just recently rang the final bell after completing her course of treatment. I’ve been amazed at God’s grace carrying her this awful time of sickness, grief, and multiple losses. She has cast herself into the arms of God and relied on the loving people in her life to carry her through this difficult time. 

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Week Twenty-Six – Finding Goodness. Open Heart.

Month Six – Fortitude in loving myself infused with God’s love produces goodness.

Staying persistent in prayer is a challenge. But it is worth the battle as I’m finding the quality of my prayer life is directly tied to my finding God’s goodness.  It is the key which opens up my heart as well as the heart of God. 

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