To love my country

 

Prayer of the Day
Veteran’s Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
those whom we honor today
are examples of your words:

“Greater love than this no man has:
that he lay down his life for his friends.”
They gave up their lives in the defense of freedom
for their loved ones and their country.

Teach me to appreciate the virtue of patriotism —
a true and Christian love of country.
Let me love my country not to follow it blindly
but to make it the land of goodness
that it should be.

Let my patriotism be such
that it will not exclude the other nations of the world
but include them in a powerful love of country
that has room for all others too.

— New Saint Joseph Peoples Prayer Book #1182

Scripture of the Day
To progress in Christ toward the eternal country of Heaven
Second Letter of Saint John 4–9

[Chosen Lady:]
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth
just as we were commanded by the Father.
But now, Lady, I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.
For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;
this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,
in which you should walk.

Many deceivers have gone out into the world,
those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh;
such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.
Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for
but may receive a full recompense.
Anyone who is so “progressive”
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God;
whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

Quote of the Day
On Christian Love: to love my God, his Church, and my neighbor

“A love that does not recognize that Jesus came in the Flesh is not the love that God is asking of us. This is a worldly love, a philosophical love, an abstract love, a love that has flagged, a ‘soft’ or weak love. No! The criterion of Christian love is the Incarnation of the Word. Whoever says that Christian love is something else is the antichrist! Who does not recognize that the Word became Flesh. This is our truth: God sent his Son, who became flesh and who lived like us. To love as Jesus loved (us), to love as Jesus taught us, to love by following the example of Jesus; to love, journeying along the path of Jesus. It is the path of Jesus that gives life.”

“Let us pray to the Lord so that our walk in love never ever becomes for us an abstract love. May our love be concrete with works of mercy whereby we touch the Flesh of Christ, the Incarnate Christ. It is for this reason that the deacon Lawrence said ‘The poor are the treasure of the Church!’  Why?  Because they are the suffering flesh of Christ!  Let us ask for this grace to not go beyond and not enter into this process, that possibly seduces so many people, of intellectualizing  and ideologizing  this love, stripping away the Flesh of the  Church, stripping away Christian love.  And let’s not arrive at the sad spectacle of a God without Christ, of a Christ without the Church and a Church without its people.”

— Pope Francis homily 11-11-2016

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