"Lord Jesus, our Savior, let us now come to you: Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love. Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood. Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with your joyous Spirit. Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence. Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself." (Prayer of Augustine, 354-430)
Thursday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time: Without Jesus We are Visually Weak and Our Will is Weakened by Bad Choices
(A Good Article to Read and Share)
"If you feel that you are sinful and weak, you have a special right to Jesus' arms because He is the Good Shepherd who looks for lost sheep, those who are weak and helpless and who cannot keep up with the
flock." (The Gift of Faith, Third Edition, pg.83)
"We have to try to stand in truth and admit the following before God: My problem is based on the fact that I am filled with the pride of pretenses. I constantly expect mutuality and love from other people instead of counting only on you - this bitterness and regret that is filling my heart comes from unfulfilled expectations.
(God Alone Suffices, pg. 50)
St. Maximilian(d. 295)
We have an early, precious, almost unembellished account of the martyrdom of St. Maximilian in modern-day Algeria. Brought before the proconsul Dion, Maximilian refused enlistment in the Roman army saying, "I cannot serve, I cannot do evil. I am a Christian."
Dion replied: "You must serve or die."
Maximilian: "I will never serve. You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ. My army is the army of God, and I cannot fight for this world. I tell you I am a Christian."
Dion: "There are Christian soldiers serving our rulers Diocletian and Maximian, Constantius and Galerius."
Maximilian: "That is their business. I also am a Christian, and I cannot serve."
Dion: "But what harm do soldiers do?"
Maximilian: "You know well enough."
Dion: "If you will not do your service I shall condemn you to death for contempt of the army."
Maximilian: "I shall not die. If I go from this earth, my soul will live with Christ my Lord."
Maximilian was 21 years old when he gladly offered his life to God. His father went home from the execution site joyful, thanking God that he had been able to offer heaven such a gift.