The medieval world esteemed Saint Louis the ideal king. His parents’ influence was paramount in shaping him. His mother, Queen Blanche, took St. Louis to recite the services of the Divine Office and to attend two Masses each day. She took special care to instill in her young son the highest reverence for matters of virtue and religion.
“How do You know me?” Do you ever wonder if God knows who you are? Many of us have known a lot of people, some more than others and a few know us, but does God know us?
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Yates owned a barren sheep ranch in western Texas. During the depression, he could not pay his mortgage and was in danger of losing his ranch. With little money for basic needs, his family struggled to meet both ends. As they prayerfully waited with hope for God’s intervention, a crew from an oil company came into the area and asked permission to drill a wildcat well on the property.
Friends, vows in scripture are serious business. Also in our own day. Seriously consider before making a vow to God. Three days ago, a visiting priest, Father Larry Jerge, shared that August 16th marked the 60th anniversary of his first vows to live the evangelical vows of voluntary poverty, perpetual chastity, and perfect obedience. Wow!
I can just imagine what some people may be thinking when they hear Jesus say that "the last shall be first, and the first shall be last," and also advocating equal pay for a person who only works a fraction of how long other have worked. It just doesn’t make sense. Is Jesus forcing us to think further about the implications of what He said and did?