Thought of the Day March 15, 2017

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"We are invited to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and face the spiritual battle with the Evil One with the strength of the Word of God. Not with our words: they are worthless. The Word of God: this has the strength to defeat Satan. For this reason, it is important to be familiar with the Bible: read it often, meditate on it, assimilate it. The Bible contains the Word of God, which is always timely and effective....Indeed, if we had God’s Word always in our heart, no temptation could separate us from God, and no obstacle could divert us from the path of good; we would know how to defeat the daily temptations of the evil that is within us and outside us; we would be more capable of living a life renewed according to the Spirit, welcoming and loving our brothers and sisters, especially the weakest and neediest, and also our enemies." (Pope Francis) We read many things. Is the Bible among them? We remember many facts. How much of the Word of God do we remember? Could this not be a fruitful practice this Lent? What would happen if we memorized one scripture verse per week beginning now and continuing to the end of the year? I would venture to say there would be a different look to our life.

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