ATTENTION: PLEASE READ AND HELP!

Dear friends of Life Encouraged, I am asking for your help! We Christians MUST not remain silent as our brothers and sisters in the Middles East are ethnically cleansed from their homes, churches, and lands. Our brothers and sisters are being persecuted, martyred, and driven from their homes, and our silence is killing them. Please go to www.iocc.org and do your part to help our brothers and sisters as they seek a safe place,…

Our Saturday Guest Blog – Mary, Queen of Heaven

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While I understand the immediate discomfort some have when they hear language like this, may I ask your indulgence (big smile here!) in seeing beyond an initial, emotional response, and consider the thoughts written here. You may discover some edification for your own Christian maturity. Just give it a fair chance, is all I ask. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s just the beginning of the article:

Before God became man, an important sign of God’s presence was the Ark of the Covenant.

In the wilderness, Moses placed it in the Holy of Holies. The Israelites crossed the Jordan River with it, and they marched around Jericho with it. King David danced before it. And after King Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, the Ark was again placed in the Holy of Holies. The lid of the Ark was decorated with golden statues of angels, and a number of people were permitted to see the uncreated light of God, as the Shekinah glory literally shone between the wings of the cherubim.

Click the link to read the rest. You’ll be glad you did.

https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/onbehalfofall/mary-the-queen-of-heaven/

The Summer “Pascha” Is Here!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Falling Asleep of our blesses Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary. Join us as we sing this hymn today: In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions. And consider this thought; if we never learn how to properly honor one…

Use It or Lose It

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That’s what my doctor tells me about my range of motion. I remember a few years ago him telling me that the Latin word for “live” literally means “to move” so he told me if I wanted to live I had to MOVE! Ok,OK, I hear you.

He went on to tell me one of the most dangerous habits we can get into as we age is the increase of sedentary lifestyle; watching too much TV, sitting behind a desk, you know the list. And now we read that even sitting down is killing us. Our lack of activity is stealing our health and ability to move. If we don’t use it, we lose it.

Thank You And Exciting News Ahead!

  Thank you all who stop by here for the daily devotionals, weekly homilies, and other postings all meant to encourage you to practice daily the faith meant to make you like Jesus Christ! This is the heart of Life Encouraged and why I love doing this work. In the last few months since Life Encouraged went live we have been gratified by the number of visits, the email responses, and your…

Tax Collectors? Harlots? Really?

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I’ve noticed that some folks appreciate straight talk and some folks don’t. In fact, there seem to be whole cultures where plain talk is discouraged because certain cultures consider it rude. I’ve seen this reality play out with different concepts about honesty as well.

Shrewd or Wise

Little Ways

He was a canny businessman. He actually took real pleasure in knowing he had gotten the better of his business associates in deals, in negotiations, and in life. He seemed to know just when to strike and just the right words to say to get his way and get ahead.

And he was all alone. His great ability to shrewdly scheme his way to financial success didn’t translate into his relationships because everyone around him felt they were always being conned, manipulated, or cheated. Eventually, his business associates figured this out as well, and his short-lived success crumbled.

He was shrewd but he wasn’t wise.

You Gotta Have Faith

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Faith is something we humans take for granted. We seem to just assume that we “have” faith or we “keep” the faith merely by wanting to do so, but is that what faith really is?

Is faith something we simply “think” about and so we “have” it? I don’t know about you but this seems to lead us to magical thinking or, worse yet, self-delusion. Is it really true that the merest intention to believe is belief itself?

JesusWalks on Water

Today, Jesus walks on water to get to His disciples in the boat. Don’t let the flashy miracle of walking on water distract you from the greater miracle of His great love and concern for His disciples. The Lord wasn’t going to let a little problem of physics like liquids and solids keep Him from taking care of those He loved. And The Lord loves you today like He loved them then!

Our Saturday Guest Blog – Be The Bee

This Saturday I am honored to share with your the growing resource of videos from the absolutely excellent ministry resources from our Archdiocese Youth Department called “Be the Bee.”

The Feast of the Transfiguration occurs during our fasting season in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition. This is no accident. As we approach the “summer Pascha” of the Feast of the Dormition, the Church gives us a glimpse into the true destiny of we humans created in God’s Image. We are “transfigured” to finally be able to see Christ for Who He really is with Sts Peter, James, and John.

Today, are your eyes opened to Who He is? Are your eyes opened to who you are meant to be? Are you being “transfigured?” In a few days we will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition where God will continue to try to communicate to us that He really has conquered death and we will once again be invited to “see” the purpose of His work in our lives!

Enjoy this Be the Bee and support this wonderful resource for you, your children, and your parish!

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