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<< Monday, February 16, 1998 >>
James 1:1-11
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Psalm 119:67-68, 71-72, 75-76 Mark 8:11-13
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"Let endurance come to its perfection so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing." —James 1:4

Our life in Christ is ecological. The aspects of the Christian life are not isolated from one another but inter-related. For example, we all need wisdom, which we receive through prayer (Jas 1:5). However, we must pray in faith (Jas 1:6). Faith, prayer, and wisdom go together — in that order.

Where is your spiritual ecology disordered? Where are there big gaps in your life with Christ? Have you tried to follow Jesus without following His body, the Church? That is an ecological catastrophe. Many Christians are Biblically illiterate — another ecological catastrophe. What if tithing, almsgiving, and fasting aren't part of your Christian life? With such an ecological imbalance, your faith is an endangered species. Has artificial contraception and the ultimate contraception, sterilization, affected your relationship with the Lord, your spouse, your family, your Church, and others?

If we don't believe and live all of the Christian life, we will eventually not live much of it at all. Life in Christ is ecological, integrated, and holistic. It's all or nothing. Therefore, "become holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct" (1 Pt 1:15). Love the Lord with all your heart (Mk 12:30).

Prayer: Father, by Your grace may I get it together and not be schizoid.
Promise: "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I hold to Your promise." —Ps 119:67
Praise: Walter, a Protestant, tried to refute Catholic teachings by studying Church history. As he studied, he realized that God has always guided the Church to truth. He repented of his prejudice and joined the Catholic Church.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997
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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