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<< Wednesday, April 30, 1997 >> Pope St. Pius V
 
Acts 15:1-6
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Psalm 122 John 15:1-8
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ABIDING

 
"Abide in Me as I do in you." —John 15:4, our transl. "I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who lives in Me and I in him, will produce abundantly." — John 15:5
 

The most important questions in our lives are:

  • "Am I abiding in Jesus?"
  • If so, "How deeply am I abiding in Jesus?"
  • The answers to these questions are revealed by answering other questions:

  • Have I let the Lord prune me so as to bear more fruit? (Jn 15:2)
  • Do I let the Holy Spirit produce the fruit of holiness (see Gal 5:22) and evangelization in my life?
  • Do I talk to people about Jesus, the Love of my life?
  • Am I producing more abundantly, or at least abundantly? (Jn 15:5)
  • Are Jesus' words abiding in me? (Jn 15:7)
  • Do I expose myself to Jesus' words daily or even several times a day?
  • Are my prayers generally answered because I know God's will and ask for it instead of my own will? (see Jn 15:7)
  • Abide in and live in Jesus, for He lives in you.

     
    Prayer: Father, I decide to die daily to self so as to live in You.
    Promise: "Their story caused great joy among the brothers." —Acts 15:3
    Praise: After being chosen to be the Pope, Pius refused to have the customary banquet and celebrations. He had these monies given to the poor.
     
     
     
    Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 9, 1996
    Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 15, 1996
     
    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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