"In one sentence, Jude gives some of the best advice ever offered for spiritual growth: build your life on a Holy faith... receive these gifts for Christmas."
I placed this reflection in my Prayer journal in December 2001. It comes from a Forward Day by Day reflection.
Author unknown. It gave me a lot to think about this Advent season. Remember always how much Jesus loves you.
Blessings, love, and hugs,
Jude 17-25. But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles.
On a quick sortie for some last minute Christmas shopping I hurried through a large bookstore. I wanted a book about the late Henri Nouwen so I proceeded directly to what had been the religion section of the store. They had remodeled and now there was a new "Religion and Spirituality" section. I knew it was now a major department because there were lots of soft chairs for engaging one's selections before making a purchase. In addition to the usual religious books from Christian, Jewish and Eastern traditions there were two new sections labeled "Self help" and "Spiritual growth." They were filled with lots of how-to books which promised enlightenment or at least a more serene journey through the trials of life. In one sentence, Jude gives some of the best advice ever offered for spiritual growth: build you life on a Holy faith: pray by opening yourself to God's Holy Spirit; keep yourself in the Love of God-let it be like the air you breath and the nourishment you need. Wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ-give Him the last word about who you are, and what value you have to God. Receive these gifts for Christmas.
They are yours to have and enjoy. They cost less than any book.
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