The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted

Has your heart ever been broken?
Has your spirit ever been crushed?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had an experience (or more than one) that caused us to feel emotional pain. An experience that made our hearts ache. An experience that made us feel like we were kicked in the stomach and had the wind knocked out of us.

Whether we’ve experienced the loss of a loved one; end of a romantic relationship; betrayal of a significant other, friend or family member; or something similar, we can probably remember how much it hurt.

When we go through painful situations, do we try to deal with them on our own or do we turn to the Lord for help? When we go through painful situations, do we believe God is somewhere off in the distance or right there with us?

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If We Love God, We Will Keep His Commandments

The Ten Commandments are laws that are meant to be followed. God created them for a reason. He’s not a forceful dictator who creates rules to make our lives difficult. He’s a loving Father who knows what’s best for His children.

We obey these laws because we love the Lord and desire to follow Him.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

The Second Commandment

The second commandment is: You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Because of how frequently we hear God’s name being used in casual and disrespectful ways, I often wonder if people know of this commandment; know what it means; and know that we sin when we break it.

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All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

This past Sunday, the first reading at Mass was from the Book of Deuteronomy. Moses said to the people,

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (6:4-5).

In the Gospel, we heard Jesus echo the words of Moses. Jesus said,

The first [commandment] is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31).

What does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?

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Love One Another

How do we know what love really is when the word is used so casually and its meaning is often distorted and misunderstood? As always, we must look to God for the truth…

When we see Jesus on the cross, we witness the greatest demonstration of love that will ever take place. When we look at Christ crucified, we discover the true meaning of love: sacrifice.

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