God Said No

I asked God to take away my habit.

God said “No, it is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.” 


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.

  God said “No, their spirit is whole, his body is only temporary”.


I asked God to grant me patience.

God said “No, patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.”


I asked God to give me happiness.

God said “No, I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.”  



I asked God to spare me pain.

 God said “No, suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.


I asked God to make my spirit grow.

 God said “No, you must grow on your own but I will prune you to make you fruitful.”


I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.

 God said “No, I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.”  


I asked God to help me LOVE others as much as he loves me.  God said … “Ahhh, finally you have the idea.” 


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Parishioners on Passages- 7/22/18

Isaiah 41:10

The Lord says] “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand



I find it a blessing that when I meet some one we shake with our right hands. To me that is a sign of God being introduced without fear.