Blessed are the Pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Talk given to SOLT novices in the Philippines in preparation to be consecrated to Jesus through Mary.
The sign of God's love is the family, especially mother and child
Gen 3:15; Rev 12:1 Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin* shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Luke 2:12,16 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
Yet the devil, the flesh, the world push to destroy this sign
Romans 7:13-25 v15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. v19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Avoid adultery Pv Ch 7 2 Sam 12:1-23
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.
Sirach 9:8 Turn away your eyes from a shapely woman,and do not look intently at beauty belonging to another; many have been misled by a woman's beauty, and by it passion is kindled like a fire.
2 Cor 4:7-18 V.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. V.11 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn * was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.
8 Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it should leave me;
9 but he said to me, " My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
God's grace is a new invitation to restore this sign
Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
V2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Psalms 42:7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of mighty waters. Your torrents and all your waves swept over me.
Jn 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Jn 7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ' Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.' "
Luke 1:46-47 My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior
Celibacy is God's sign of love to his people, but first and foremost to the person to whom the grace of celibacy is given
My 19:11-12 1 Cor 7:7-8; 32-34; 38-40 Is 43:1 Song 8:6-7
Graced Friendships based on God, the Church's community life, is the new sign
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