Archive for February, 2006

Prayers to Our Lady for Healing

February 26, 2006

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To Our Blessed Mother…

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usOur Lady, Health of the Sick, I look to you for the comfort of a mother’s love,
I pray to you on behalf of those who are suffering and for my own healing needs.

Mary, your love strengthens me and brings me peace.

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, embrace all who are emotionally and physically ill
that they may return to good health under your tender care.
And please intercede for my very special needs (state your needs/intention.)

Mary, your motherly love strengthens me and brings me peace. Amen.

Mary Immaculate, you have given yourself to us as our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. You have asked us to pray with confidence, and we will receive great graces. We know your compassion, because you saw your Son suffer and die for us. In your union with His suffering you became the mother of us all. Mary, my mother, teach me to understand my suffering as you do and to endure it in union with the suffering of Jesus. In your motherly love, calm my fears and increase my trust in God’s loving care. According to God’s plan, obtain for me the healing I need. Intercede with your Son that I may have the strength I need to work for God’s glory and the salvation of the world. Amen.

OUR LADY, COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED

Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most compassionate Mother, we present ourselves in thy sight in all humility, and with full confidence we implore thee for thy maternal patronage.

Thou hast been proclaimed by Holy Church the Comforter of the Afflicted, and to thee constant recourse is had by the sorrowful in their afflictions, the sick in their maladies, the dying in their agony, the poor in their straitened circumstances, those who stand in all manner of need in both public and private calamities; and from thee they all receive consolation and strength.

Our dearest Mother, turn upon us also, wretched sinners that we are, thy merciful eyes, and graciously accept our humble and confident prayers. Aid us in all our spiritual and temporal necessities, deliver us from all evil and especially from sin, which is the greatest evil, and from all danger of falling into it; obtain for us from thy Son Jesus every blessing of which thou seest we stand in need both in soul and body, and especially the greatest blessing of all, which is Divine grace. Comfort our spirits, troubled and afflicted in the midst of the many dangers that threaten us, and the countless miseries and misfortunes that beset us on every side. This we ask through that immense joy which filled thy pure soul in the glorious Resurrection of thy Divine Son.

Obtain tranquillity for Holy Church, help and comfort for her visible Head, the Sovereign Pontiff, peace for Christian princes, refreshment in their pains for the Holy Souls in Purgatory; for sinners, the forgiveness of their sins, and for the just, perseverance in well-doing. Receive us all, our most tender Mother, under thy loving and mighty protection, that we may be enabled to live virtuously, die holily and attain to everlasting happiness in Heaven. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick

Virgin, most holy, Mother of the Word Incarnate, Treasurer of graces, and Refuge of sinners, I fly top your motherly affection with lively faith, and I beg of you the grace ever to do the will of God.

Into your most holy hands I commit the keeping of my heart, asking you for health of soul and body, in the certain hope that you, my most loving Mother, will hear my prayer.

Into the bosom of your tender mercy, this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body.

To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to your will and that of your Divine Son. Amen.

PRAYER to MARY as CONSOLER of the AFFLICTED

O Immaculate Mary, Dear Mother, Consoler, I take refuge in your most lovable Heart with all the trust of which I am capable. You shall be dearest object of my love and my veneration. From you, the dispenser of heavenly treasures, I shall always seek peace in my troubles, light in my doubts, defense in my dangers, help in my needs .

Be therefore my refuge my strength, my consolation O Mary Consoler. At the hour of my death, graciously receive the last beats of my heart, and obtain for me a place in that heavenly country, where as one, all hearts shall praise forever the adorable Heart of Jesus, with your most lovable Heart, O Mary, my Mother, Consoler of the Afflicted, pray for us, who have recourse to you. Amen.

How Faith Heals

February 26, 2006

Reader’s Digest – Canada

An increasing amount of evidence is convincing doctors

BY GLADYS POLLACK

When Bernice Salzman of Vancouver, B.C. was seriously ill with the blood disease Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia last year, members of her temple began praying for her recovery. While Salzman doesn’t attribute her remission solely to their prayers, she does say that knowing that strangers were taking the time to pray for her provided sustenance during that difficult time. My own brother-in-law, a Montrealer, was seated in the waiting room of a Los Angeles hospital last January with his daughter, who was undergoing a stem-cell procedure to arrest her raging lymphoma, when he was approached by a stranger. The man told him that his brother, a rabbi in Montreal, had alerted him of the girl’s illness. He also told my brother-in-law that he was the principal of a school in Los Angeles and then he asked permission for his students to pray for Aliza. The 29-year-old writer survived the transplant and is now planning her wedding, next October. Was this stranger’s gesture just a simple act of kindness or does prayer actually have a healing effect?

Cardiologist Mitchell Krucoff of Duke University Medical Centre performs several invasive cardiac procedures each day, and before each procedure, he prays. In 1996 Dr. Krucoff and nurse practitioner Suzanne Crater conducted a double-blind pilot study of the effects of prayer on patients headed for the catherization lab. In the study, eight prayer groups, from Buddhist monks in a monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, to members of Baptist and Moravian churches in North Carolina, prayed according to their custom for patients assigned to them. They knew only the patients’ names and ages and that they were to undergo a cardiac procedure. Doctors carefully monitored the patients during the procedure and followed them post-procedure. Krucoff found that adverse outcomes in the prayer group were 50 to 100 percent fewer than in the standard group.

Back in 1988, cardiologist Randolph Byrd studied whether distant prayer can heal. Almost 400 patients in San Francisco General Hospital’s cardiac-care unit were studied: Half were prayed for by born-again Christians. Dr. Byrd found that the prayed for patients were less prone to congestive heart failure and cardiac arrest, and fewer of them needed diuretics and antibiotics than the control group.

Years ago, no self-respecting medical practitioner would have even dared propose a double-blind controlled study on something so intangible as the power of prayer. Yet today, at some of the leading medical centres in the United States, studies are under way on the power of prayer. And the results of this research are surprising others in the medical community. A recent study of 91,000 people in rural Maryland showed that weekly church attendees had 50 percent fewer deaths from heart disease than non-churchgoers and 53 percent fewer suicides. Churchgoers had lower blood-pressure levels than nonbelievers, even after smoking and other risk factors were considered. Wayne State University in Detroit studied more than 500 African-American men in 1994 and found a significant correlation between the participants’ religious involvement and their health. Researchers identified a number of indicators of true religious commitment, such as church attendance, and found that these were linked to various beneficial health effects, including less instances of depression and reduced smoking and alcohol consumption. Closer to home, The Centre for Integrated Healing, a complimentary cancer care centre in Vancouver, uses prayer and meditation in conjunction with standard cancer treatment. The centre’s Dr. Hal Gunn says it’s been shown that the power of prayer fully engages and stimulates the immune system.

Current best-seller lists boast several books extolling the value of prayer and stories about the power of prayer have appeared in numerous magazines and on television shows. Dr. Larry Dossey, who early in his career as a physician was intrigued with remissions that clinical medicine could not explain scientifically, has popularized the notion that prayer heals. His investigations into the fields of religion, philosophy, meditation and prayer have led to the publication of several best-sellers, including Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine and Prayer is Good Medicine: How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer. Deepak Chopra’s Creating Health: How to Wake Up the Body’s Intelligence and Andrew Weil’s Spontaneous Healing have also made claims to the efficacy of faith and healing.

As more and more respected medical centres explore the benefits that patients derive from spirituality, evidence is mounting that religion is good for one’s health. Meanwhile, when Bernice Salzman returned to her temple after her recovery, she was overwhelmed by the caring and support shown to her by strangers who had prayed for her. Today, she prays for the recovery of several gravely ill individuals. “It gives me the feeling that I’m doing something.”

With God’s help, all things are possible

February 26, 2006

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GOD IS WITH YOU AS YOU BATTLE CANCER

Battling cancer is a serious struggle, but one that you never have to face alone. God is with you in the midst of your pain and will help you get through it.

Here are some ways you can connect with God while battling cancer:

* Give yourself time to adjust to the shock of your diagnosis. Pray for God to give you grace to stay calm.

* Know that disease is part of our fallen world, but that God can redeem your experience of illness. Incarnated as Jesus, God experienced many different types of human suffering, so He fully understands the pain you’re going through. He has promised always to be with you no matter what circumstances you encounter, and He can bring healing as well, in situations He chooses to heal to accomplish His purposes.

* Forgive yourself and others for what happened that may have caused your cancer. You can’t change the past, but you can go into the future with freedom if you forgive.

* Don’t automatically expect to experience the worst – lots of pain, then death. Only God knows what will happen, despite a doctor’s prognosis. Hope is real.

* Research oncologists in your area and ask God to lead you to the doctor that’s best for you.

* Accept your feelings. Don’t feel guilty about experiencing negative emotions such as anger or anxiety. It’s natural to experience these feelings; God understands and will still love you even when you’re feeling negative emotions. Know that there are no magic formulas for making you feel better. Healing often takes time.

* Ask God to care for you and trust that He will respond with love in every way.

* Ask the Holy Spirit to make the words of the Bible come alive for you so you can hear what God wants to say to you through Scripture about your illness.

* Seek out the support of friends and family members.

* Understand that sometimes only God can meet certain needs. Don’t blame other people who aren’t emotionally equipped to help you as much as you would like. Realize that God will fill in the gaps.

* Make the most of your time, living life to the fullest. You will have some – and perhaps many – limitations while you’re sick, but whatever you can still do, continue to do. God has more for you to experience on earth for as long as He allows you to remain here. Pursuing new experiences will reduce your pain.

* Don’t feel guilty about not being as productive as you like. Realize that you won’t be able to accomplish as much as you did when you were healthy, and lower your expectations accordingly. Concentrate just on what matters most.

* Don’t worry about changes in your appearance, such as losing hair due to chemotherapy treatments. Look at physical changes as battle scars that show you are a brave veteran of life.

* Participate as much as possible in your treatment plan, such as by changing your diet or making time for humor in your day.

* Pray frequently to keep your communication line with God open.

* Ask God for healing, but leave the decision up to God, trusting that He will do what’s best according to His purposes.

* If your illness has revealed personal weaknesses you hadn’t previously been aware of, view them as invitations to grow and ask for God’s help to do so.

* Ask God to help your friends and family perform responsibilities they must take over from you while you are sick.

* Rather than grasping for happiness, strive to find joy – that deep inner confidence that isn’t dependent on circumstances.

* When you aren’t aware of God’s presence with you, recall times when you have sensed His presence.

* Listen to the messages your body sends you as it reacts to food, medications, the need for sleep, etc.

* Know that your pain is temporary and that there will be no pain in heaven.

* Ask God for patience to wait during times when waiting is required.

* Ask God for courage.

* Even though you likely don’t feel like praising God, decide to praise Him anyway for who He is simply because He is worthy of praise. Doing so will help you break through your fears and help you focus on God’s unfailing attributes.

* Decide to be a fighter, and commit to battling cancer with all your resolve.

* Realize that God is your only ultimate means of support, and stop trying to derive support from things apart from Him. Eliminate anything in your life that obstructs your relationship with God.

* Seek out beauty in nature. It will help you focus on something more positive then your pain.

* Let go of your fear of the future. Ask God to help you face it with hopeful expectancy.

* Don’t be afraid to die; heaven is a wonderful place. But don’t consider suicide, because only God knows the right time for you to leave earth and doing so before your time will hurt God, yourself and others.

* If your cancer has gone into remission, realize that it will still take a while for you to fully heal, physically, mentally and emotionally. Take the time you need.

* Thank God for the lessons you have learned through your experience with cancer, and ask Him how He would like you to bless others with what you have learned.

Cancer survivor Rusty Freeman is pastor of Johnstown Presbyterian Church in Johnstown, Ohio.

Adapted from Journey into Day: Meditations for New Cancer Patients, copyright 2000 by Rusty Freeman. Published by Judson Press, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1-800-4-JUDSON.

THIS WEEK’S THOUGHT CONDITIONER

February 26, 2006

Daily Guide Posts – Dr Norman Vincent Peale

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Thought Conditioner No. 7

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Many people are lacking in energy. Their vitality is low. They are filled with inner conflicts which dissipate energy. They are dull and apathetic.

What is the secret of energized life? Christ is the answer. It is said of Him, “In Him was life” (John 1:4). Fill your mind with Christ, fill your heart with Him, and inevitably energy, vitality, exuberance, delight, and eagerness will well up within you.

Every day as you repeat this text make it read, “Christ has come that I (fill in your own name) might have life and might have it more abundantly.”

Sunday Mass Readings

February 26, 2006

EWTN

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary time

First Reading: Hosea 2:16-17, 21-22
Psalm: Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Gospel: Mark 2:18-22

If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.~St Colette~

Virtual Holy Cards

February 20, 2006

Rosaryhouse Prayer Cards

I wanted to post the link to this wonderful site again because I enjoy it so much. It gives you the ability to send your loved ones a virtual holy card whenever you wish. The page was made so you could order actual holy cards, but links to each card can easily be sent via email.

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Memorare

February 20, 2006

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with with confidence, I fly to you, O virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

Mary in Christian Tradition

February 19, 2006

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Mary in the Apocryphal Writings
Stories of Her Early Life: 2nd Century

Popular Christian stories about Christ, Mary and the apostles originating in Syria, Palestine and Egypt from the mid-2nd century, greatly influenced the way ordinary Christians imagined Mary’s life. These stories, attempting to supply details omitted in the Gospels, went beyond and sometimes contrary to the indications of the Scriptures. They have inspired art, liturgy and Christian devotion to Mary over the centuries.

“The Gospel of James,” one of these stories written about 150 A.D., portrays the childhood of Mary in this way:

“When Mary was one year old, Joachim made a great feast and invited the priests and scribes, and the whole people of Israel assembled.

“And Joachim brought the child to the priests, and they blessed her saying, ‘O God of our fathers, bless this child and give her a name renowned for ever among all generations.’

“And all the people said: ‘So be it, so be it. Amen . . . ‘

Mary’s Death and Assumption into Heaven

Stories from the 5th century (or perhaps earlier) recount Mary’s later life, her death and assumption into heaven — events unreported by the four Gospels.

The legends describe Jesus appearing to Mary in the house on Mount Sion in Jerusalem where she lived after Pentecost. Her Son tells her she is soon to die. From all parts of the world the apostles gather to bid her farewell:

“Stretching out his hands, the Lord received her holy soul. And when her soul departed, the place was filled with a sweet smell and bright light.

“And a voice from heaven proclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women.’

“Peter and John, Paul and Thomas, ran to embrace her feet and receive her holiness; and the twelve apostles laid her holy body on a bier and bore it forth. (Ps. John: The Dormition of Mary, 4th century)

“Instructed by Jesus, Peter and the other apostles took her body to be buried in a new tomb near Gethsemane in the Kidron Valley, where miracles of healing accompanied her burial.

“Three days later, angels took her body to heaven.”

By the year 600, a feast called the Dormition of Mary, honoring her death and assumption into heaven, was celebrated in Jerusalem and in the churches of the East. Some centuries later it would pass into the Western churches known as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

One of the first churches in Christendom dedicated to Mary was built over her tomb near Gethsemane around 400 A.D. Today, a church still marks this site in Jerusalem.

In the 7th century, Theothekno, bishop of Palestine, preached a homily on the feast of Mary’s Assumption, August 15:

“Rejoice with the Mother of God,
with angels and saints,
and celebrate this great feast:
the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

“On earth she was a fruitful virgin,
in heaven she intercedes for all;
through this blessed woman,
the Spirit’s gifts still flow upon us,
and her words teach gentle wisdom.

“At her assent the earth blossomed;
she sought good things for the poor.
Now in heaven her care is undiminished,
near her Son she seeks the good of us all.”

“And the child became three years old, and Joachim said: ‘Call the virgin daughters of the Hebrews and let them accompany the child to the temple of the Lord with lamps burning in their hands.’

“And they went up to the temple of the Lord.

“And the priests received her and kissed her and blessed her, saying: ‘The Lord has magnified your name among all generations; in you the Lord will show redemption to the children of Israel.’

“And he sat her on the third step of the altar. And the Lord gave her grace and she danced with her feet and all the house of the Lord loved her.

“And her parents returned home marveling and praising the Lord because their child did not turn back.

“And Mary was in the temple of the Lord to be nurtured like a dove; and she received food from the hand of an angel.”

The story proceeds to give details of Mary’s marriage to Joseph, who is portrayed as an old widower with his own children. It relates new wonders and signs that accompanied the birth of Jesus in a cave. The account, by presenting Mary as a sheltered virgin absorbed in the service of God in the temple, sought to defend the Christian doctrine of the virginal conception. Unfortunately, it pictures her removed from the ordinary, uneventful village life that Scripture suggests was hers.

By the 5th century, a church honoring Mary’s birthplace and home, suggested by this apocryphal story, was built close by the Temple site in Jerusalem. The Church of St. Ann, the mother of Mary, stands on that place today.

Walking Faith

February 19, 2006

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by: Amanda Udis-Kessler

It’s easy to talk a good talk about faith. “Faith is belief in that which is unseen but still known,” we might say, or “faith gives my life meaning.” There’s nothing wrong with these statements, but they can direct us toward a pietistic, quietist approach to the world if we are not careful, distracting us from the need to build the Kingdom of God (or, perhaps better, God’s House) through our work for justice and peace. Talking faith is easy. What can each of us do to make sure we have a “walking faith?”

If I have a walking faith, it must be that describing my faith is not just describing what I “believe,” but rather, describing how my faith impacts me, and what I do in the world as a response to that faith. The thoughts below represent a kind of exercise in which I explore my faith as a “walking faith.” This exercise consists of four parts: saying something about the content of my faith, explaining what my faith offers me, considering what my faith demands of me (how I am called to respond to it), and attending to the question of how I keep my faith strong in difficult times. I encourage all justice-focused people of faith to examine our faith lives, and hope that this four-part exercise is helpful in freeing us, strengthening us, and in evoking delight, compassion and love more fully within us.

1. What is my faith? In what do I have faith?

Most simply, I have faith in God, particularly in the God described by Jesus: gracious, compassionate, welcoming, incredibly inclusive, freely loving, delighted by all that is Her creation. I have faith that this God is at work in us when we make decisions and take actions that are about loving ourselves, our neighbors and the Holy.

I have faith that God is bigger than human doubt, hate and fear. I have faith that nothing, not even death, can separate us from God’s love unless we ourselves turn our backs on it, and that even then, God is at work in a hundred ways to turn us back around. I have faith that “repentance” is available to anyone who needs it, not because we are terrible people, but because there is always “more light,” more love and acceptance to be received. I have faith that God has the capacity to free us from our (self-) hatred and (self-) destructive tendencies, so that we may live in gratitude and build God’s House on earth.

I have faith that “all is well” in some ultimate sense, though that certainly doesn’t mean that there is not a great deal of work to do in the world to make manifest God’s House of justice and welcome for all. Rather, I take “all is well” to mean that God accepts us exactly as we are, and that such acceptance was demonstrated by the life and death of Jesus (and by the lives of other God-intoxicated people).

2. What does faith offer me, or provide for me?

Faith, at heart, offers me liberation — liberation from the bondage of my low self-esteem, shame, self-hatred, self-sabotaging behaviors and other manifestations of my own personal demons. Faith also, and no less importantly, offers me release from the bondage of worshipping the gods of conventional wisdom, money and “success,” and faith sustains me in my attempts to live morally rather than self-centeredly. While I would not (could not!) claim to be so liberated all the time, my faith has made a tremendous difference in affording me the opportunity to move forward in the face of my own doubt and other people’s hostility or indifference. This is true both in terms of my devalued statuses (such as my gender and bisexuality) and my privileged ones (such as my being white and middle-class).

My faith has thus enabled me to enhance the amount of energy that I devote to giving my best to the world. If God really loves me totally and completely, I might as well stop hating myself, and if God accepts me as I am, I might as well do my best to accept myself similarly. Contemplating these insights, I find peace, joy, freedom and strength. Called to help rather than driven to fear, I am free to go work and create and do my toiling in the fields out of joy, gratitude, service to others and similar motives that follow from my experience of God’s love. I don’t need to produce frantically in order to prove that I deserve to exist on the planet. I don’t need to own “beautiful” things or be a “beautiful” person. I just need to be myself, doing the best I can, but never failing to challenge myself to give a little more back to the world.

3. What does faith demand of me?

The most immediate demand, as I see it, is to give up relying on conventional wisdom or the things I have, and put my trust in God. This can be extremely difficult, as I (like everyone else who grew up in this society) have been deeply taught to rely on conventional wisdom (about how to live, what’s right, what’s wrong, who’s successful, who’s worthy). When God’s love contradicts that conventional wisdom (e.g., that the rich are no better than the poor, that compassion is always the better choice), I often fall short of the ideal response, but at least it frequently seems clear how I might follow it.

In concrete terms, I believe that God’s love calls me to work for justice, to own my privileges and to struggle to use them for good (and/or to repudiate them, if that seems feasible). This is the only meaningful way to go about making manifest God’s welcome to all people in a deeply unequal society. Thus is God’s house built: through justice-compassion work.

Another way to conceive of this work is that I am called to love God by loving my neighbor (that being whoever needs my help). Loving my neighbor involves attending to her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, forgiving him his wrongs, being compassionate and being generous. Clearly, this is work that I will get only somewhat better at over my lifetime, but it is, nonetheless, the work that I believe is mine (and ours) to do.

4. How do I keep my faith strong in hard times?

This first thing that I must say here, if I am to be honest, is that I have had many “hard times.” I was raised to be an atheist, and so disbelief is far more “natural” to me, especially in periods of stress. Also, recent health difficulties after coming to my beliefs have severely tested my ability to trust in a generous, good and loving God. The atrocities of violence and inequality around the world, and in my own backyard, have made faith even harder. The corporate rich seem to increasingly win, while the rest of us are pushed into decisions that are far from the best for us, for our planet and for future generations. This sometimes leads me to feel as though there could not possibly be any greater being that cares about the well-being of the poor during their lives on Earth.

That said, I find that there are several ways to exercise my faith muscles ^ which are no different than physical muscles in their need for such “workouts.” Keeping my faith strong mostly involves prayer, sometimes simply as a cry for help, sometimes in combination with contemplation of the good work that people of faith – and others – have been able to accomplish. Particularly, I often find it helpful to think about Jesus, experience of God, his surrender into love, and his resulting ability to help other people in a similarly imperialist and otherwise unjust era. As such, Jesus is my main role model; when I need to find hope, surrender to God, and compassion within myself, Jesus, life is an important source.

Additionally, because I view the spiritual world as interwoven with the physical world, I conceive of my faith as being in that which is unseen, and which therefore is not demolished by the condition of the “seen.” Thousands of pages have been written on the philosophical and theological issue of how there can be a good, all-powerful God in a world as troubled as ours is. Blaming the “fallen” condition of humankind, it seems to me, is an excuse to accept the present violations of the human spirit, and fails to help us cherish our capacities and abilities to know and do the good. Therefore, my response to times of doubt is, as best as I can, to just keep going, and to accept the grace of good times with awe and gratitude. Like anyone, I need some evidence that it is worth not just giving up on faith, but perhaps I don’t need more evidence than is available on a daily basis.

This, then, is my “walking faith.” It walks me through every day of my life, even when I am least in touch with it, and it is one of the most important blessings that I have ever received. I pray that I may increasingly join it to the “walking faith” of others, that we may build God’s House in the world.

THIS WEEK’S THOUGHT CONDITIONER

February 19, 2006

Daily Guideposts – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Thought Conditioner No. 6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

This text will help you avoid a nervous breakdown. It will stimulate your recovery if you have had one.

A famous neurologist, specialist in nervous breakdowns, often “prescribes” this text for his patients. He writes the words on a card and instructs his patients to commit them to memory and repeat them until they are indelibly printed on the subconscious mind.

The cause of much nervous trouble is frustration. And the antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance. The cure of frustration is the belief that God will help you obtain your heart’s desire. Trust in God with all your heart, and you will be able to keep on working in health and happiness for long years to come.