"Let anyone with ears listen!". Matthew 11:15
To Whom Do You Listen? …Years ago I was hiking with some friends in the mountains. On a narrow path on the side of a mountain we were suddenly face-to-face with a black bear. We called to Tom, who was in front, to back up. But Tom didn't move. The black bear raised itself up on its back legs and then let its front legs drop back to the ground in an effort to back us up, but Tom still stood there. Tom's wife called out to him, "Tommie, don't be stupid." When he heard that, Tom came back to where we were, which freed up enough space for the bear to find a way off the path down the mountain. Tom listened to his wife.
Do you let anyone challenge you? To whom do you give authority? We all need a willingness to let someone outside ourselves speak a difficult word that we might need to hear. It is easy to find people who will say what we want to hear, but are we willing to hear the difficult word that challenges us?
God often speaks through those we don't expect; sometimes the imperfect and ordinary people right around us. Who causes you to grow? To whom will YOU listen?
Pray: Merciful God, I need YOUR wisdom. Speak, O Lord, and help me listen.
Taken from "The Joy of Mercy" by Fr. Joe Kempf
The Respect Life Program, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, started in 1972 and begins anew each October—the month set aside by the U.S. bishops as “Respect Life Month.” The program promotes respect for human life in light of our intrinsic dignity as having been created in God’s image and likeness and called to an eternal destiny with him. Below you will find six brochures on vital life topics which can be downloaded for your benefit. There is also a reflection brochure to foster greater understanding regarding life and the dignity and respect we are called to have for each other.
Post Abortion Mercy & Healing Considerations While Navigating Infertility
Attentiveness To God's Creation Caring For Loved Ones At Life's End
Every Suicide Is Tragic Accompanying Expectant Mothers/Adoption
Synod Prayer - God our Father, you have called us to be witnesses to Jesus and have sent us on a mission to lead all people to encounter him. Send your Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and enkindle our hearts, so that we may grow daily as your disciples. Empower us to face bravely the challenges of our time. Keep us close to you, together with Jesus your Son, Mary our Mother and St. Anne our patroness as we engage in Synod '16 to Unleash the Gospel. Transform us into a band of joyful missionary disciples, who will bring the message of Jesus' power and mercy to every person in Southeast Michigan. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.