08_Faithful to the Faithless
Summary: “Jesus is anxious to help the soul, and if it is faithful to this grace from God, it can very soon attain the highest holiness possible for a creature here on earth. God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed He gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit — that is the shortest route" (St. Faustina, Diary, 291).<br> <br> <br> Welcome Rowena, Erin, Shelly, Muriel, Kristine, Elizabeth, and Lisa, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me.<br> <br> <br> LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.<br> <br> L - Listen (Receive the Word.)<br> <br> <br> <br> O - Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)<br> <br> F | Franciscan - Make a trip to daily Mass, and thank your priest for his faithfulness. As you receive Jesus in the Eucharistic covenant, thank Him for His faithfulness to you even when you are faithless.<br> <br> I | Ignatian - Right now, where you sit, notice your breathing. As you breathe slowly in and out, pay attention to what you hear, smell, and see around you. Feel the pulse of life within your wrist. How is this a mark of God's faithfulness to you?<br> <br> A | Augustinian - Where do you struggle most with faithfulness, either to other people or to God?<br> <br> T | Thomistic - If possible, go to Adoration to do this exercise: meditate on what faithfulness means. Then ask Jesus how you can be more faithful to Him.<br> <br> V - Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)<br> <br> Why does faithfulness to God begin at home? What was the most spiritually faithless time of your life? Can you identify the cause of your faithlessness from that time? In your journal or on your journal page (get a free page and user guide to the right), try to list as many ways as you can remember that God was faithful to you in that season. When have you been most faithful to Him? Write out a prayer of thanksgiving to Him for His faithfulness to you.<br> <br> E - Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)<br> <br> Holy Spirit, O Lord Omnipotent, Who permit evil in order to draw good from it, give ear to our humble petitions, in which we beg of You the grace to be faithful unto death, always conforming ourselves to Your most holy will. + Amen.<br> <br> <br> .<br> <br> *LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or "prayer forms," explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.<br> Come On Over to Instagram and Introduce Yourself!<br> <br> Episode Resources<br> On our Facebook discussion community, tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway: what circumstance you have experienced that convinced you that God is, indeed, faithful? <br> References<br> Catholic Encyclopedia, faithfulness<br> Read the Transcript<br> You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, courtesy of Kristie Hynniman who does our transcriptions for you.