Friday, May 24, 2013

Devotion for today: O beautiful Flower of Carmel… help and protect me!

One of my favorite images of Mary is that of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. She is depicted wearing a beautiful crown, holding Jesus, and offering the scapular. I have this statue in my home and it brings me much comfort and grace. The story of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is most interesting. I have chosen a few selections from various web sites to put the story together for you.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s…devotion is connected with the roots of the Carmelite Order. In the thirteenth century, crusaders, fighting to free the Holy Land from Turkish control, realized at the foot of Mount Carmel that the first and constant battle for the Church is spiritual. Laying their arms and armor at the foot of the mountain, they ascended it to live a life of prayer, solitude, and apostolic zeal. They followed in spirit of the Prophet Elijah, who, on that very mountain a millennia before, not only defeated the enemies of God, and returned the people of Israel to worship of the one true God, but also, as tradition tells us, revered the women who would one day be the future mother of the God. These former crusaders first called themselves the Brothers of our Lady of Mount Carmel, for they loved and served Mary with all the chivalry in their hearts as their Queen and Sister. As Jesus’ disciples, they wanted to love Mary with the same filial affection Jesus did during His life on earth. They also consecrated themselves to Our Lady and sought to imitate Mary as their ideal of the one who lived silence, solitude, poverty, and especially close intimacy with Jesus. Not only is Mary Queen of Carmel, but also the Beauty and Flower of Carmel, the Flos Carmeli. In Mary's perfect yes, the Church sees itself brought to perfection. Her splendid purity and loving humility adorn the Church in the eyes of her Divine Spouse. So Mary gives her own beauty to the order of Carmel. Carmelites rely on Mary, their Mother, to bestow on them her own virtue and merit. By her scapular, Mary clothes her children in Carmel with her very self.

Where did the Brown Scapular originate?
 A scapular was a form of working clothing worn by monks. It draped over both shoulders and hung down the front and back of the wearer. The name derives from the shoulder bone, or scapula. Over time the scapular took on symbolic meanings, such as the carrying of the cross of Christ. Among Carmelites the scapular grew to be seen as a symbol of their dedication to Mary, as an expression of trust in her motherly protection, and as a desire to be like her in her commitment to Christ and to others.  In the Middle Ages a part of the habit of some Religious Orders, a cord or scapular for example, was sometimes given to lay persons to express their association with that Order through membership in a lay group such as a confraternity or sodality. Among Carmelites a small version of the friars’ brown scapular was given as a sign of the lay person’s association with the Carmelites and their spirituality.  Thus the Brown Scapular is essentially a “habit”, as John Paul II has said, of the Carmelite Order.

The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
On July 16, 1251, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, the Father of the Carmelite Order, and presented him with the Scapular. St. Simon's story began as an English hermit that lived in the hollow of a tree. He received the name "stock" because he lived in the hollowed trunk or stock of a tree. In time he would become a Carmelite and later the Father General of the order. He led the order during a time of great struggle. The Carmelites in the beginning were hermits on Mount Carmel, near Nazareth in the Holy Land. When they migrated to Europe, in this case England, some decided to no longer be hermits and instead became friars who would work among the people. St. Simon guided them through this state of transition. In the year 1251 a miraculous vision took place. St. Simon Stock, newly transplanted to England, prayed fervently to Our Lady for Her help. Then: To him appeared the Blessed Virgin with a multitude of angels, holding the Scapular of the order in her blessed hands...

Our Lady gave St. Simon a scapular for the Carmelites with the following promise, saying : Receive, My beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire .... It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace. Another important aspect of wearing the Scapular is the Sabbatine Privilege. This concerns a promise made by Our Lady to Pope John XXII. In a papal letter he issued, he recounted a vision that he had had. He stated that the Blessed Virgin had said to him in this vision, concerning those who wear the Brown Scapular: "I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall free, so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting."

Prayers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O Most Blessed and Immaculate Virgin, ornament and beauty of Mount Carmel, thou who beholdest with thy special kindness those who wear thy blessed Scapular, look lovingly upon me, and cover me with the mantle of thy motherly protection. Fortify my weakness with thy power, enlighten the darkness of my understanding with thy wisdom, increase Faith, Hope and Charity in me, adorn my soul with the graces and virtues that will make me pleasing to thee and thy divine Son. Assist me during my life, and console me at the hour of my death and present me to the most blessed Trinity as thy devoted servant, to praise and bless thee in heaven forever. Amen.

Is this superstition? Do those who wear the scapular do so in the belief that no matter what they do in life they will not go to hell? I hope not. Mary does not promote magic. Think about it. If you are covered in the front by a badge of God, and covered in the back by a badge of God, don’t you think you just might find yourself “clothed in God”? Won’t He be leading you onto the right path, and protecting your back from danger? Someone once asked me why I wear a Miraculous Medal. I said that Mary leads, and I follow. It is a reminder that on my own, I will fall off the straight and narrow. The wearing of the Scapular does the same thing. Worn over the shoulder (scapula bone) it keeps us reminded of the cross Jesus carried and of the devotion of His Mother as He did so. If we will be spared the fires of hell, it is because we are clothed in grace all our lives, constantly reminded of why we even exist.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Devotion for today: Our Lady of Loreto, pray for us

The story of Our Lady of Loreto is fascinating, and I highly recommend that you go to to read the entire story. Basically, it is the amazing story of how the house where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary was transported by angels to several locations until, in 1291 it came to rest in Tersatto, Yugoslavia. In a vision to the local priest, Mary revealed, ““Know that his house,” she said, “is the same in which I was born and brought up. Here, at the Annunciation….I conceived the Creator of all things. Here, the Word of the Eternal Father became man. The altar which was brought with the house was consecrated by Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. This house has now come to your shores by the power of God….And now in order that you may bear testimony of all these things, be healed. Your unexpected and sudden recovery shall confirm the truth of what I have declared to you.” The next day the priest, Father Georgevich, was completely healed of his visible malady. The little house, which contained an ancient altar, a beautiful statue of the “Holy Mother of God” and a cross bearing her crucified Child, continued its journey and finally came to rest in Loreto, Italy, where it remains to this day. It is stated in the above web site:  Since then, it has become the greatest shrine to Our Lady in the world, ranking even greater than Mary Major in Rome. Over 2,000 canonized, beatified and venerable children of the Church have paid homage to the “Singular Vessel of Devotion” by visiting the home in which she was born, and raised the Son of God. These include St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. John Berchmans, St. Philip Neri, St. Francis de Sales, St. John Capistrano, St. Clement Hofbauer, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Benedict Joseph Labre, St. John Neumann, St. John Bosco, St. Therese, Blessed Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Cabrini — just to mention a few. More than fifty Popes have issued Bulls and briefs testifying to its authenticity. Hundreds of Papal documents have granted it privileges, exemptions and authorizations to receive benefits, etc. In 1669 it was given a Mass of its own in the Missal. One of the five litanies approved for public recitation is called after it, the Litany of Loreto.
It is a place of many miracles. Those who have come throughout the ages, beseeching aid from the “Comforter of the Afflicted” usually return home spiritually aided or physically cured. Three successors to the chair of Peter have physically experienced the benevolence of the “Virgin Most Merciful” and were restored to health. They were Pope Pius II, Pope Paul II and Pope Pius IX. Even today cures continue, for Our Lady still exercises her Queenship by interceding for her subjects who implore her aid under the title of Our Lady of Loreto.
The Litany of Our Lady of Loreto was a favorite prayer of St. Faustina, whose family prayed it every night in May. Let us pray it today as a reminder of the many and wonderful titles attributed to Our Lady, and to the confidence we should always feel when praying to her.

Lord, have Mercy on us. Christ, have Mercy on us. Lord, have Mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father of Heaven, have Mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have Mercy on us. God the Holy Ghost, have Mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have Mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us. Holy Mother of God, pray for us. Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us. Mother of divine grace, pray for us. Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us. Mother inviolate, pray for us. Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us. Mother most admirable, pray for us. Mother of Good Counsel, pray for us. Mother of our Creator, pray for us. Mother of our Savior, pray for us. Mother of the Church, pray for us. Mother of families, pray for us.

Virgin most prudent, pray for us. Virgin most venerable, pray for us. Virgin most renowned, pray for us. Virgin most powerful, pray for us. Virgin most merciful, pray for us. Virgin most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us. Seat of wisdom, pray for us. Cause of our joy, pray for us. Spiritual vessel, pray for us. Vessel of honor, pray for us. Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us. Mystical rose, pray for us. Tower of David, pray for us. Tower of ivory, pray for us. House of gold, pray for us. Ark of the Covenant, pray for us. Gate of heaven, pray for us. Morning star, pray for us. Health of the sick, pray for us. Refuge of sinners, pray for us. Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us. Help of Christians, pray for us.

 Queen of Angels, pray for us. Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us. Queen of Prophets, pray for us. Queen of Apostles, pray for us. Queen of Martyrs, pray for us. Queen of Confessors, pray for us. Queen of Virgins, pray for us.Queen of all Saints, pray for us. Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us. Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us. Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.

 Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have Mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant unto us, Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, at all times to enjoy health of soul and body, and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, when freed from the sorrows of this present life, to enter into that joy which has no end. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Devotion for today: Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins…

"Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves" (John 14:11).

In our look at Fatima, we have seen Mary repeatedly asking for prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of all sinners. She allowed the visionaries to see Hell. She taught them prayers. She asked them to pray the rosary. For two more months Mary repeated her message to the children. She emphasized the need for prayer, sacrifice, rosary and dedication to saving souls. How much more could she do? Well, in October of 1917, she gave the miracle she promised Lucia from the beginning. Let’s see how this last visit to all three visionaries occurred and what Mary wanted all of us to learn from it.

On the13th of October, 1917, tens of thousands of pilgrims arrived at Fatima. They prayed the rosary and withstood a heavy rainfall as they waited for the promised vision and miracle to occur. When Mary did appear to the children around Noon, she told them she wanted a chapel built there in her honor. She called herself the “Lady of the Rosary” and reminded the children to pray the Rosary every day. She then promised the war would end. When Lucia asked her to heal many people, Our Lady responded that people must amend their lives and ask for forgiveness first. Mary grew sad and said, “Do not offend God anymore, because He is already so much offended.” Then Mary rose to the air and opened her hands toward the sun. The heavy rain clouds left and the sun began to “dance.” Witnesses reported that many different colors emanated from it as it swirled, and at one point looked as though it were hurling toward the earth. People feared they would be killed, but the sun stopped moving, and everyone was completely dry, as was the earth.  (based on a passage from:

We could spend a great deal of time discussing why Mary performed a miracle with her vision. She had done this with Juan Diego at Guadalupe, transforming  Juan Diego’s tilma into a backdrop for an image of her never seen before, and which is still preserved in Guadalupe today for all the world to see. Miracles were part of Jesus’ ministry as well. He claimed to be the Son of God, but why would anyone believe Him? First of all, He preached the truth. Mary brought the truth to the children at Fatima, going so far as to give them a vision of hell. Jesus preached conversion of hearts, a turning away from sin and an acceptance of the laws of God. Mary did the same at Fatima. Jesus performed many miracles as well, healing the sick, walking on water, raising the dead. We are all stubborn people. We don’t want to hear, much less believe, what is uncomfortable or challenging. We want to live our lives as we please. Miracles command attention. They gave an audience to Jesus:
Mark 16:20: And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs…
…and many thousands turned out to see Mary’s promised miracle at Fatima. But Jesus was right when He said: Matthew 12:38-39: Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign…." Miracles are wonderful for proving that the spiritual realm exists. We all pray for miracles in our lives. We almost expect God to work them for us. But faith based on miracles is worthless. Mary gives simple messages in her apparitions. She warns of dangers to come. She reveals the mysteries of the after-life. She even performs miracles at her apparitions, since everyone always demands a sign. Let us not be like that. Let us not demand a sign from God that He loves us. Let us not get mad at Him when He doesn’t do it. We must live by faith, not by signs. We must love God for who He is and not for what we think He can do for us. The miracle of the dancing sun made headlines; Mary's message of prayer and repentance did not. Listen to Mary’s message. Let us follow every word of her requests and dedicate our lives to bringing those who choose sin over God back to the Son, the true miracle of the Son.

The prayers taught to the children at Fatima are simple in structure and profound in
depth. To a world poor and needy in faith and charity, these prayers stress ancient
truths of our Holy Catholic Church... especially concerning the Holy Eucharist and
Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God.

Pardon Prayer
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love thee.

The Angel’s Prayer
With the Blessed Sacrament suspended in the air, the angel at Fatima prostrated himself, and recited the prayer:
O most Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—I adore thee profoundly. I offer thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ—present in all the tabernacles of the world—in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

Eucharistic Prayer
This prayer stresses that most beautiful truth—that the all-powerful, all-loving God is upon the altar at every Catholic Mass.
Most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Sacrifice Prayer
Our Lady taught the children a prayer to be said when they would have something to offer up to God... such as some suffering, or an act contrary to what they wanted to do but which was necessary in order to please God.
O my Jesus, it is for love of You, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Decade Prayer
Our Lady asked that the following prayer be inserted after each decade of the Rosary:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls into Heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Devotion for today: “There is no peace to the wicked.”(Isaiah 47:22)

‘We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honor. Behold, how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints. Therefore we have erred from the way of truth, and the light of justice hath not shined unto us, and the sun of understanding hath not risen upon us.’ (Wisdom 5:4-6)

Continuing with our study of the messages of Fatima, we come to the most difficult: the vision of hell.

July 13, 1917

Now, above the little tree, the Lady stood. Her beauty taxed their senses. To Jacinta and Francisco, who had never doubted, it was joy renewed. But to Lucia it was more than that. It was a confirmation. It was a homecoming for the heart and spirit. It was everything. It was the Light of God reflected in His Mother. It was knowledge. It was the end of doubt.
“Lucia,” Jacinta said, “speak. Our Lady is talking to you.
“Yes?” said Lucia. She spoke humbly, asking pardon for her doubts with every gesture, and to the Lady: “What do you want of me?”

 “I want you to come back here on the thirteenth of next month,” the Lady said. “Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.”

“Yes,” said Lucia, “yes.” “I would like to ask who you are,” she said to the Lady, “and if you will do a miracle so that everyone will know for certain that you have appeared to us.”

“You must come here every month,” the Lady said, “and in October I will tell you who I am and what I want. I will then perform a miracle so that all may believe.”

 “Make sacrifices for sinners,” she instructed them, “and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

As she spoke these words (Lucia tells us in her memoirs), the Lady opened her hands, as she had in the preceding months, but instead of the glory and beauty of God that her opened hands had shown us before, we now were able to behold a sea of fire. Plunged in this flame were devils and souls that looked like transparent embers; others were black or bronze, and in human form; these were suspended in flames which seemed to come from the forms themselves there to remain, without weight or equilibrium, amid cries of pain and despair which horrified us so that we trembled with fear. The devils could be distinguished from the damned human souls by the terrifying forms of weird and unknown animals in which they were cast.

Ti Marto, who was witnessing the actions of the children by the little oak tree in the Cova da Iria that day, recalls that Lucia gasped in sudden horror, that her face was white as death, and that all who were there heard her cry in terror to the Virgin Mother, whom she called by name.
The children were looking at their Lady in terror, speechless, and unable to plead for relief from the scene they had witnessed. Sadly, but kindly now, the Lady told them:

“You have seen hell, where the souls of sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. This war will end, but if men do not refrain from offending God, another and more terrible war will begin. And when you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light, you will know it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world with war and with hunger, and by the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to the world to ask that Russia be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, and I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins-of the world.

“If my wishes are fulfilled,” the Lady continued, “Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; certain nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and the world will enjoy a period of peace. In Portugal the faith will always be preserved. Remember, you must not tell this to anyone except Francisco.”

Fatima is not the only place where Mary revealed the horrors of hell. As recently as the visions at Kibeho in Rwanda in the 1980’s, Mary showed the visionaries glimpses of hell. St.  John Bosco tells us he had a dream where an angel told him:

“Bad companions, bad books, and bad habits,” my guide exclaimed, “are mainly responsible for so many eternally lost.” “Then is there no way to save these unfortunate lads? Please, tell me what I can do for them.”
“They have superiors; let them obey them. They have rules; let them observe them. They have the sacraments; let them receive them.”
“They surely do. They have been warned a thousand times, but they still choose to rush into the fire because they do not detest sin and are loath to forsake it. Furthermore, they despise and reject God’s incessant, merciful invitations to do penance.

God does not permit these visions in order to frighten us into believing in Him and His word. He is simply allowing us to see what is. We don’t frighten our children by telling them that fire burns; we warn them so that they won’t hurt themselves. Mary is a loving, merciful mother. She knows we don’t want to believe hell exists. She knows we want to justify our sinful behavior and that without proof, we would never believe there is a consequence to it. Simply put, she is showing us that if you do not spend eternity with God, you spend it alone, knowing the beatific vision and yet never, ever being able to be a part of it. That alone will consume you in a fire of envy and hate for eternity. Give it up, encourage your loved ones to give it up, pray and sacrifice for the world to give it up, and come to the beauty and glory of living in the glow of God’s love, here, and forever in heaven.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Devotion for today: Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

Today on Meditative Monday, I offer for your study a prayer of St. Francis de Sales. Read each section very slowly, and commit yourself to God on each level. Do it prayerfully, and mean it. This prayer is a good daily prayer to keep us on the path to God

Lord, I am Yours,
And I must belong to no one but You.

My Soul is Yours,
And must live only by You,

My will is yours,
And must love only for You.

I must love You as my first cause,
Since I am from You.

I must love You as my end and rest,
Since I am from You.

 I must love You more than my own being,
Since my being subsists by You.

I must love You more than myself,
Since I am all Yours and all in You.

(From “Treatise on the Love of God, by St. Francis de Sales)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Devotion for today: Lead by example

Today is Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and filled them with His gifts. For today’s reflection, I have chosen Chapter 15 of John’s Gospel. I think spending Sunday meditating of part of Jesus’ last will and testament, which is what the final chapters of John are, will help encapsulate the entire message of Jesus for us. Love one another, follow God’s laws, live a life of service to others, and bring others to the full knowledge of God. If we can present that report card to God at the end of our lives, we will hear Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Now, get a cup of coffee, curl up in your favorite chair, and read as though Jesus were sitting across from you and speaking directly to you, because, you know, He is.

John 15 ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
18 ‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, “Servants are not greater than their master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, “They hated me without a cause.”
26 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf27 You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

Leading by Example 

You should lead by your example in family, among friends and neighbors, and with colleagues and coworkers or fellow students. Your examples should include putting community above self, placing respect for the dignity of others ahead of self-gratification, and demonstrating love above all. Answer Your Call.
(Reclaim God's Purpose for Faith, Family, and Work, Dick and