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Today's Inspirational Snippet: How much help we receive from our angels depends upon our trust in God.

Good News Reflection
Thursday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time
October 2, 2014

Today's Memorial: The Guardian Angels
Pray for protecttion:
wordbytes.org/saints/DailyPrayers/guardianangels.htm

Today’s Readings:
Job 19:21-27
Psalm 27:7-9, 13-14
Matthew 18:1-5, 10
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100214.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/14_10_02.mp3

Our angels show us how important we are to God

You are so important to God that he has assigned an angel to you, which you share with no one else, to help you throughout your life. This angel has been fulfilling its responsibilities to you all along, in ways that you can't even imagine.

When you've needed more angels, God has given you more, especially if you asked him to send more. One of my routine morning prayers is: "Father God, surround me with holy angels who will help me to know and do Your will today. Surround me with so many holy angels that demons cannot even see me or hear me."

Since angels are normally invisible to our eyes, and since we tend to use logic to explain away their interventions, we easily forget about them. In so doing, we underestimate how important we are to God. We worry and fret that he's forgetting about us or that he'll ignore our needs and that disaster will result. Thus, we feel like we're on our own when actually we are not!

How much help we receive from our angels depends upon our trust in God. If we don't really understand that we're important enough to God for him to give us angels, we won't understand their role in our lives. We won't understand their desire to be involved with us.

What the disciples wanted to know in today’s Gospel reading is very familiar to our own thoughts: Are we good enough? Are we very important? We want to feel valued. We want to believe that we're indispensable. But what does Jesus think of this?

He raised up the lowliness of little children as an example of what is truly important in the kingdom of God. Toddlers know they are valued when their parents tend to their needs. Do they worry about being indispensable? Only if a brother or sister takes up all of Mama and Daddy's time. When they know they are loved, children know they are important.

We, on the other hand, work hard on feeling important. We expend a lot of effort to create an image of ourselves that’s better than what we think we are. This puts us into the mindset of trying to find our value in what we do instead of who we are.

We are God's children; we were made in the image and likeness of our Daddy-God. As we can deduce from Matthew 18:10, the angels are here to help us be who we are.

God doesn't give us guardian angels to help us develop great reputations, because we are already great to God. Only when we cooperate with this – letting the angels minister to the child of God that we truly are – only then can they guide us into doing great things for God. Only then can they guard us from the evil of whatever endangers his plans for us.

If we're sincere in repenting from whatever it is that obscures who we really are, then when we look in the mirror we can see the face that our angels see. Try it. Look for the child of God in the mirror. If you're not rejecting the good person that your Daddy-God sees when he looks at you, you will discover how very beautiful you are to him.

For a printer-ready hand-out of this reflection, please go to Catholic Digital Resources:
catholicdr.com/calendar/October/angels.htm
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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!

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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.

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

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