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Always and in all circumstances yield, yield the first place to others;  especially during recreation listen quietly, without interrupting, even if someone tells me the same thing ten times.   I will never ask questions about something that interests me very much. 

#789 of Saint Faustina Kowalska’s Divine Mercy Diary

 

Sirach 38: 1-15

Make friends with the doctor, for he is essential to you;

God has also established him in his profession.

From God the doctor has wisdom,

and from the king he receives sustenance.

Knowledge makes the doctor distinguished,

and gives access to those in authority.

God makes the earth yield healing herbs

which the prudent should not neglect;

Was not the water sweetened by a twig,

so that all might learn his power?

He endows people with knowledge,

to glory in his mighty works,

Through which the doctor eases pain,

and the druggist prepares his medicines.

Thus God’s work continues without cease

in its efficacy on the surface of the earth.

My son, when you are ill, do not delay,

but pray to God, for it is he who heals.

Flee wickedness and purify your hands;

cleanse your heart of every sin.

Offer your sweet-smelling oblation and memorial,

a generous offering according to your means.

Then give the doctor his place

lest he leave; you need him too,

For there are times when recovery is in his hands.

He too prays to God

That his diagnosis may be correct

and his treatment bring about a cure.

Whoever is a sinner before his Maker

will be defiant toward the doctor.

My Thoughts:  Taking the time to listen to others is very important.  Getting out of ourselves and focusing on others needs, helping them, and simply being there for people is one thing we are called to do as people of God.  We need to listen to God’s call for us to assist people in their needs.  As fallen beings at times we become complacent and self-centered.  I know since I’ve been sick I have focused on myself quite a bit.  Sometimes it was needed and other times I failed to put myself and my feelings aside to help others.  I think this can happen easily with people who are suffering from illness, depression, or a disease.  God is our Healer and we are called to trust in His wisdom even though with the pain that may be extremely hard at times.  I have leaned on Him in these turbulent times. The more I have had to endure pain and struggles the more I have leaned on God and tried to trust in His will for me.  God gave us wonderful, caring doctors to treat our ailments.  My doctors are the greatest.  Listen to the physicians suggestions for treatment because who knows it may help and open up a whole new world, a renewed life for you.  One of my physicians is so sweet to pray for me.  He is a man of faith which is one thing I totally love about him.  Prayer is the answer to healing.  Ask God for healing.  Ask Him for understanding.  Through my experiencing unexpected circumstances and since the methods of healing which I tried didn’t turn out close to what I had wished and prayed for, I’ve learned that I need to persevere, accept  my situation for what it is, and make lemonade out of lemons.  As I go through the process of accepting my circumstance this has brought a bit of peace to my life.  May the peace of our Lord be with you all.  

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In Today’s reading, Jeremiah 7: 23-28, we can look specifically to what God Says in verse 23 “My one command to them was this: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people. In everything, follow the way that I mark out for you, and you shall prosper.”

Scripture tells us that these people didn’t listen to God. They didn’t listen to His command, they resisted following Him and turned toward wickedness. We need to listen to and follow God’s Will for us. In this scripture passage God makes it known that He is looking for sincerity in our hearts, speech, and faith. We need to put on the full armor of God to stand up against Satan’s wickedness. We need to stand up for truth and be faithful servants of God who spread His Gospel far and wide.

We can listen and talk to jesus anywhere, everywhere. We can use scripture, or create a prayer on the spot. With the Word of God in holy scripture and the sacred tradition of the Church as a guide, we can listen to that “still small voice” and wait upon the Lord to speak to us in our hearts. Jesus talks to us all the time, all we need to do is listen to hear his words, his message for us.

We are all called to love God as the bible says in Deuteronomy 6:5 :

Here are a couple quotes from Mother Teresa on listening and loving Christ with our hearts:

“A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her.”

“Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.”

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