Deacon Lincoln’s Log 3-29-2020

“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’”

Jn. 11:21

Our lives have been turned upside down as we “hunker down” and walk through the new reality that we’ve been given. A reality filled with social distancing and fear. It is natural to ask the question, “Where is God in all this?”

There is no simple answer to this question, but we do know that God is always present and always loving. This time of distance can be a time to grow closer to him and to deepen our spiritual union with each other. Consider praying the litany of trust:

The Litany of Trust

From the belief that I have to earn Your love, …………………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear that I am unlovable, …………………………………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From the false security that I have what it takes, ……………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute, ……….. Deliver me, Jesus

From all suspicion of Your words and promises, …………………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on you, ……………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will, …………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From anxiety about the future, ………………………………………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, ………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From restless self-seeking in the present moment, …………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From disbelief in Your love and presence, ……………………………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, …………………… Deliver me, Jesus

From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, …………………… Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of what love demands, ……………………………………………… Deliver me, Jesus

From discouragement, …………………………………………………………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

Please respond, ‘Jesus, I trust in you.’

That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me, ……… Jesus, I trust in you

That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in you

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You, Jesus, I trust in you

That you are with me in my suffering, ……………………………………………… Jesus, I trust in you

That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next, Jesus, I trust in you

That You will not leave me orphan, that Your are present in Your Church, Jesus, I trust in you

That Your plan is better than anything else, ……………………………………. Jesus, I trust in you

That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me, Jesus, I trust in you

That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others, Jesus, I trust in you

That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked, …………….. Jesus, I trust in you

That my life is a gift, ……………………………………………………………………….. Jesus, I trust in you

That You will teach me to trust You, ……………………………………………….. Jesus, I trust in you

That you are my Lord and my God, …………………………………………………. Jesus, I trust in you

That I am Your beloved one, …………………………………………………………… Jesus, I trust in you

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln

Parish Pastoral Leader

 

The axis of mercy supporting the world turns on these hinges or poles, that through the Mother we have access to the Son and through the Son to the Father, so that being thus led we should have no fear that our reconciliation would be rejected.

St. Albert the Great

Quote of the Week

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish I had let myself be happier.

Bonnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Quote of the Week 4-25-17 Top Five Regrets of the Dying