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Today's Inspirational Snippet: All must be abandoned into an awareness that God is more important.

Good News Reflection
Wednesday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time
October 1, 2014

Today's Memorial: Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Pray for intimacy with God:
wordbytes.org/saints/DailyPrayers/ThereseLisieux.htm

Today’s Readings:
Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Psalm 88:(3) 10bc-15
Luke 9:57-62
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100114.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/14_10_01.mp3

How much are you willing to lose?

In today’s first reading, because Job had lost nearly everything that was dear to him, he is now in danger of also losing his trust in God. Isn't that how we feel when bad things happen to us? We wonder why God has let us down. We think he's being unfair and cruel. It feels like his love has abandoned us, and we choose to trust in our feelings instead of what we cannot see, hear or feel from the Lord.

God never abandons us. The fact is we need to abandon everything that is not Godly.

This does not mean that all of us are called to give everything away and embrace poverty in order to be holy, like some of the Saints have done. There are other ways to abandon everything to God, namely, by considering everything as less important than Jesus. Everything is less important than our obedient dependence upon God.

Even those activities that God has called us to do, and even the possessions he has provided for us through our jobs, and even the people he has given to us in relationships: All must be abandoned into an awareness that God is more important.

God and me alone – that's the foundation true holiness. From this intimate friendship everything else is built up: our families, our friends, our ministries, our jobs, our homes, our possessions, etc. Whatever is good and right for us, whatever will enhance our friendship with God, whatever is a gift of his love for us, these come from the solitude and solidarity we experience with God.

Job protected himself from a loss of faith by recalling God's awesomeness. He realized that nothing truly matters except God, for he is far greater than all else. He recognized this awesomeness in the vast difference between God and himself: "If I appealed to him and he answered me, how amazing that he would hear my words!" Humility put his terrible situation into the right perspective.

Nothing really matters but God. We can lose everything, and as long as we still have God, we are doing exceedingly well. It might not feel that way, but it's the reality.

Today’s Gospel passage reminds us that we have to lose (abandon, sublimate, reduce in priority) everything earthly to follow Jesus. He set the example: He gave up his home, his career in carpentry, and his earthly life for our sake. If we look back and miss what we've given up, wishing to once again make them a higher priority than our union with Christ, we break our unity with him. Who, then, are we following? Where will it lead us?

We must keep our eyes on Jesus. By abandoning everything into his hands, he gives back to us whatever truly is right and good.
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News - Good News Ministries In this issue of Insider's View:
• Kathy wants to pray the Rosary for you
• Reflection for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

October is the month of the Holy Rosary

Kathy's Gift

The Blessed Mother Mary is the primary Patron Saint of Good News Ministries. She helped us get started, and she continues to be our go-to Lady of Helpfulness. We're in the process of making some important changes that will enable us to become more effective in the mission that Christ has called us to. One of our board members, Bob Metivier, recently described this mission very well: We are empowering people who are trying to stay loyal to the Catholic Faith, trying to learn and grow while being challenged by the world out there, aware of what the worldly pressures are doing to this effort and their families. We're teaching them how to become effective missionaries to this world. And we are a safe place to return to after dealing with what is to them a real battle. We provide a place where they can heal and learn to help their families heal.

I beg you, please join me in praying the Rosary for the success of this mission, particularly for the website's redevelopment and other transitions of growth.

Our bookkeeper and office assistant, Kathy Taylor, wants to pray the Rosary throughout the month of October for those who join us in this mission through their financial support. Watch this very short video to find out what motivated her to do this! Then, to have your family and your difficulties included in this special Rosary, please use our Rosary Request page.

Reflection for
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi:

Drought Produces New Growth

In honor of this Saturday's celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, here's a reflection from "Franciscan Moments" found in our online magazine WordBytes. For me, a "Franciscan Moment" is when we gain insights from the world around us. St. Francis was especially gifted in this. He saw spiritual lessons in everything.

In the 1990s, the southeastern states in America suffered a long drought.

Swampy Florida, where I live, has been resculptured by developers into lots of retention ponds so that the houses they built and the stores and the roads don't get sucked into muck. These man-made ponds also make beautiful scenery for backyards and parks and church properties.

During the drought, the water level sank lower and lower and lower. We learned how deep the ponds are, for we saw birds wading in them. If the drought had continued much longer, we would have seen them completely empty. Indeed, some ponds did dry up.

Drought

While this was happening, I noticed something interesting. The grass that surrounded the ponds became brown for lack of nourishment, but the dirt slopes of the pond, which were normally under water, sprouted with lush, green vegetation.

When the ponds are full, little grows there, but during a drought's drain on the ponds, new growth spurts up. So too with our spiritual lives. When we feel dry, when God seems far away, when we endure problems that drain us, our personal droughts produce new growth that never would have occurred otherwise. Let us praise God for the hard times as well as the good times!

I'm praying for you!

Every morning, I lift up in prayer all those who help Good News Ministries in any way (donors, volunteers, prayer supporters, etc.) and all the prayer requests posted on our site.

Thank you for reading this newsletter.

Terry ModicaYour servant in Christ,
Terry Modica
Executive Director
Good News Ministries

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