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<< Monday, November 12, 2001 >> St. Josaphat
 
Wisdom 1:1-7
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Psalm 139 Luke 17:1-6
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IMPASSIONED, DIVINE INTIMACY

 
"Seek Him in integrity of heart." —Wisdom 1:1
 

The Lord wants us to live in Him and Him in us (see Jn 14:20; 17:23). He became a human being, died on the cross, and gives us His body and blood that we might have a deep, mysterious intimacy with Him. We can "grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love" (Eph 3:18).

Nevertheless, many Christians are separated and distant from the Lord because:

  • "He is found by those who test Him not" (Wis 1:2).
  • "He manifests Himself to those who do not disbelieve Him" (Wis 1:2).
  • "Perverse counsels separate a man from God" (Wis 1:3).
  • "The holy spirit of discipline flees deceit and withdraws from senseless counsels" (Wis 1:5).

We separate ourselves from the Lord when we sin and refuse to repent (see Wis 1:4). We unite ourselves to the Lord when we love and obey Him. Live in love with the One Who is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16).

 
Prayer: Father, give me an impassioned love for You.
Promise: "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore, 'Be uprooted and transplanted into the sea,' and it would obey you." —Lk 17:6
Praise: St. Josaphat was misrepresented by both the East and the West when trying to reconcile the two factions. As a result, he was a victim of a murder plot.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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