O God, I love you above all things because You are all Good and all worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You, I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen (An Act of Love)
I love you for humbling yourself to be born of a woman in a lowly stable in all poverty to teach me humility and poverty of spirit.
I love you for being willing to be a refugee and having to flee to another country with Mary and Saint Joseph to teach me that I must do whatever God wills me to do.
I love you for being willing to obey your parents and live under their authority for 30 years, even though you were God, to give me an example of obedience to all of my rightful superiors.
I love you for being willing to wander Israel and have no where to rest your head in order that you could teach and love and heal.
I love you for being willing to be the friend of sinners and show me that I must be as well.
I love you for forgiving your murderers when your were nailed to the cross.
I love you for choosing 12 Apostles to entrust the Catholic Faith to for my sanctification and salvation.
I love you for instituting the Holy Eucharist so that my soul could be nourished by your most precious Body and Blood.
I love you for instituting the Holy Priesthood in order that the sacraments could be present on earth to fill my soul with grace, Your Divine Life.
I love you for giving me your Holy, Blessed Mother to be my own to guide me ever closer to you.
I love you for giving us the Holy Mass which is indeed Heaven on Earth to give me strength for all my days.
I love you for being willing to suffer so much, more than anyone who has ever lived, to give me eternal life with you in Heaven.
I love you for giving the world the Sacred Scriptures in order for all of your children to better know and love you.
I love you for getting up three times on the Way of the Cross all for love of me.
I love you for appearing to Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque and giving us the Devotion to Your most Sacred Heart.
I love you for appearing to, teaching and instructing Saint Faustina in your Divine Mercy so that we would all know of your unfathomable Divine Mercy.
I love you for giving me the gift of the True Faith–I know what a gift I have been given. May I never take it for granted.
I love you for the gift of yourself.
I love you for always being faithful even when I am not.
I love you for the gift of Sunday so that I may give you the True Worship you are due and deserve.
I love you for the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to cleanse my soul from sin in the way that is most pleasing to you.
I love you for allowing your Beloved Mother to give us the gift of The Holy Rosary-the most powerful prayer on earth-a way to contemplate your face along with the heart of your Mother.
I love you for inspiring so many of your friends on earth to become saints so that I would have many role models to talk to in Heaven.
I love you for the gift of free will–may I strive to use it wisely.
I love you for giving me the gift of suffering in my life in order to draw me closer to you and to help others as well.
I love you for calling me to homeschooling in order that I may more fully teach my children the Catholic Faith.
I love you for being my closest confidante and knowing me even better than I know myself.
I love you for sending me the gift of the Holy Spirit at my Confirmation to make me your soldier on this journey of salvation.
I love you for forgiving me every single time I have offended you and I know there have been multitudes of times.
I love you my God. You are so very Good ALL the time. Not just when things are going well but ALL the time. My mind cannot fathom how much you love me to have done all you have done for me before I was even born and during my entire life. My mind is so finite and yours so Infinite. How you care and love each and every one of your children as if they were the only one. You love even those who do not even know or Love you. You love those who refuse to acknowledge your sovereignty over them. How I know how much that must hurt your Sacred Heart. How I pray each day for all people of all nations to come to the knowledge of your boundless love for them. How sad and lonely and confusing their lives must be because they do not have the joy of loving you or knowing how much they are infinitely loved by You. Oh, what I would give for everyone in the world to know, love and serve you. My life is so full of joy because of my belief and faith in You. Even though I have struggles, trials, disappointments, pain–I still have JOY!! My joy comes from you my Lord. No matter what is going on, I know that you are with me through it all. I know that you are in control even though I sometimes act and think with sinful pride that I am in control.
With all the school shootings, earthquakes, abortions, murders of every kind, terrorism so rampant in our world today and tragic accidents, etc.. that happen each day I know that even with all of that pain and sorrow, You are there through it all. You are the one who brings life out of death, You are the one who brings laughter out of mourning, the one who comforts those left behind, who gives hope to the hopeless and strength to the weary. You are the one who brings light when it seems that the world is only filled with darkness and the news is so filled with sorrow and despair. You are the one who can lift up when the world is only pulling us all down. Without You my life would be meaningless.
Oh, how I so often wonder how those without any faith at all get up in the morning. How do they live their lives? What do they think their purpose on earth is? It boggles my mind why some people think it is a good idea to not teach their children about God, about His Infinite Love for them. How they are a beloved child of yours, of a Heavenly King? How can they think that is a good idea? Children need to know WHY they are here. They need to know that before they decide on GOD, that GOD has decided on them! It is so sad when a child does not even know who YOU are my Lord. They come from you and they should know about you and how very much You love them. Even my youngest daughter lights up in the face when she tells me with the biggest smile on her face, that “Jesus loves me.” How beautiful it is when she does that and when I can teach her how to say, “I love you Jesus!” What joy I have had teaching my children their faith all these years. What a gift that has been. It started when they were babies–yes, even as newborns and especially at their Baptism as infants–when they were given the grace to believe. It is a life-long endeavor and one I do not take lightly. It is one no parent should take lightly.
Parents, I ask you to teach your children the Faith! Do not wait for them to be surrounded by our secularized world which teaches that God does not exist. That they can live as they please and that anything goes and that TRUTH IS RELATIVE. What a bunch of nonsense! God made the 10 Commandments for everyone. We are not at liberty to choose which ones we obey or do not obey. Adolf Hitler was wrong to kill 6 million Jewish people and millions of others that he decided were not to his liking. Abortion and Euthanasia are wrong. Thou shall not kill, the 5th Commandment, is not up for discussion. Truth is not a matter of personal opinion. God’s truth prevails even if you do not believe in Him or agree with Him. God exists even if you do not believe in Him. We are mere creatures, my brothers and sisters. God is the Almighty Creator. He makes the rules-not us. He sets the standards of living-not individual consciences. We need to form our consciences correctly based on God’s truths, not our own.
But the most important thing that our children must be taught is HOW much God loves them and how important it is that they should have a close and personal relationship with Him. They need to be taught how to talk to Him from their hearts as they talk to people on this earth. This is most important. It is what will see them through this bumpy road of life. It is the most incredible thing in the world to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world so that they will be happy with Him forever in Heaven for all eternity!! Someone so very very close to me has told me many times that if it were not for the fact that he was introduced to God and His Holy Church as a young adult that he would either be drunk, in prison or dead. My friends, people need to have a purpose in life, they need to know why they are here otherwise they go through life aimlessly searching for something, anything that will never ever truly make them happy or give them real joy. We all have the ability to believe in and love God. It is placed on our souls and hearts by God himself when we are conceived in the womb, but we must be given the tools to unlock it. I thank God every day for giving me to a mother who saw to it that I was taught to believe in and love God.
Yes, I may have gone off topic but the Spirit takes me where He wills. Forgive me if I have jumped around but the fingers kept going and so I just continued to pour out my faith and my love for the Lord. It is in sharing our faith with others that they may be drawn to God as well and to His Holy Catholic Church. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis often says and I paraphrase, “We are all called to evangelize our families, friends, and the world.” He says the best way to evangelize is to live our lives in JOY. We must have JOY in Jesus. We must find joy in the Gospel and share it with everyone as our state in life allows. We must share our faith by living our lives and sharing our faith with others. We need to be a living example of God’s love in the world for those who do not know him. We need to be God’s face, God’s presence in the world to all those who have strayed or as of yet do not know Him. I pray I am doing that as the Lord wills me to and I strive each day to do a better job than the day before. Lastly, parents I ask you–When was the last time you told your children, no matter what their age, how much God loves them! I encourage you to do that today!
Saints Margaret Mary Alocoque, Faustina and Pope Francis, pray for us and all people everywhere to realize how much God loves them and the whole entire world.
To you my God–I GIVE ALL THE GLORY!!!