Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Salty Dog Blues
Leave the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Jesus, come and get me!
Jesus, I trust in you.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Dear God, if today I lose my hope please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams. Amen.
Lord, give me whatever the most Blessed Virgin Mary asks for me.
With material arrogance comes moral arrogance. Perhaps the most frightening thing about Donald Trump was revealed in a remark that he “doesn’t ask God for forgiveness.” Trump is unusually candid; such things are seldom baldly said. Yet that is the attitude of most men today, not only those of wealth and power. They “believe in God,” but “don’t ask forgiveness.” In other words, they don’t believe in God; or they would be down on their knees.
The longest spoon, David Warren
“God pursues you, every day, every breath, for as long as you are breathing, the door of mercy and grace is open to you.” “Who am I to say God, you owe me an explanation for this?” “Who am I to demand ‘Hey God, please tell me what you’re going to do with me and then I’ll trust you?'”
“What kind of a husband am I going to be if I can’t even hold my wife’s hand? … But when the time comes, I’ll be able to hold her heart. I don’t need hands to hold her heart.” Yep.
“Jesus, I trust in you!” – Divine Mercy
“I have a choice,” Nick says, “to either be angry at God for what I don’t have or be thankful for what I do have. My mom said, ‘Nick, God’s going to use you. I don’t know how. I don’t know when, but God’s going to use you.’ And those seeds started penetrating in my heart. That’s when I started seeing that there is no point in being complete on the outside when you’re broken on the inside. I found out that God can heal you without changing your circumstance.”
“I gave my life to Jesus Christ when I read John 9 at age 15, where a man was coming through a village, this blind man from birth. Jesus saw him. People said, ‘Why was this man born that way?’ Jesus said, ‘It was done so that the works of God may be revealed through him.’
“In second Timothy chapter 3, verse 16, it says, ‘All scripture is God-breathed.’ I believe God breathed in me life and faith. This faith came over me. This peace came over me. I felt like God answered my question that I’d been waiting for. The question was: Why? Why did you make me this way? The answer was: Do you trust Me? That’s the question. When you say yes to that question, nothing else matters. There was nothing else I could find. There was nothing else that could give me peace. I knew arms and legs wouldn’t give me peace anyway. I need to know the truth of who I am, why I’m here and where I’m going when I’m not here. I haven’t found that truth anywhere else but in Jesus Christ.”
Fr. Barron is the Fulton Sheen of our time!