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Donald Cree
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desperion|United Kingdom

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule what is eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only with joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God.


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Blinders

Feb 16, 2010

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"Are your minds completely blinded? –Mark 8:17

 

Jesus didn't ask the apostles if they were spiritually blinded, but if they were completely spiritually blinded. By sin, we not only cloud and impair our vision, we can destroy it completely. We can become so blind that although we
see Jesus twice multiply loaves and fish to feed thousands, we still
don't catch on (Mk 8:19-20). Our sin-blindness can be so devastating
that it's as if we had no eyes (Mk 8:18). We can be so completely
blinded we even try God's patience and lead Him to say again: "Do you
still not understand?" (Mk 8:21)

How can we keep from going completely blind?

  1. Resist temptation even to the point of shedding our own blood (Heb 12:4).
  2. Ask the Spirit to convict you of sin (Jn 16:8).
  3. Read the Bible daily and use God's word to help you examine your conscience (see Jn 12:48).
  4. Go to Confession frequently, at least monthly.
  5. Attend Mass and receive the Eucharist as often as possible, even daily.

Obeying these simple instructions prevents sin-blindness. Also, by reading the daily Bible readings for the Eucharist, we can keep from going
completely blind. If this book, One Bread, One Body, has been used by the Lord to keep you from blindness or open eyes already blinded, please write and tell us the good news.

 

PRAYER: Father, as a Parent, You grieve over the blindness of Your children. May I let You open my eyes.
PROMISE: "Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit comes from above, descending from the Father of the heavenly luminaries, Who cannot change and Who is never shadowed over."
–Jas 1:17
PRAISE: Jennifer, a mother of a large family, rises each morning to pray and read the Bible well before her children arise.