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  cormier: <<<<<<<<Pope’s General Audience: On Vigilant Waiting>

‘Have you thought how that encounter with Jesus will be when He comes? It will be an embrace, an enormous joy, a great joy! We must live in expectation of this encounter!’

October 11, 2017>

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The Holy Father’s Catechesis

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!>

Today I would like to reflect on that dimension of hope that is vigilant waiting. The theme of vigilance is a leitmotiv of the New Testament. Jesus preached to His disciples: “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks” (Luke 12:35-36). In this time that follows Jesus’ Resurrection, in which serene moments alternate in continuation with other anguishing ones, Christians never lay down.> The Gospel recommends that we be like servants that never go to sleep, while their master hasn’t returned. This world calls for our responsibility, and we assume it wholly and with love. Jesus wants our existence to be laborious, that we never let down the guard, to receive with gratitude and wonder every new day given to us by God. Every morning is a blank page on which the Christian begins to write good deeds.> Jesus’ Redemption has already saved us; however, now we are waiting for the full manifestation of His lordship: when God will finally be everything to every one (Cf. 1 Corinthians 15:28). Nothing is more certain in Christians’ faith than this “appointment,” this appointment with the Lord, when He comes. And when this day arrives, we Christians want to be like those servants who spent the night with their loins girded and their lamps burning: it’s necessary to be ready for the salvation that is coming, ready for the meeting. Have you thought how that encounter with Jesus will be when He comes? It will be an embrace, an enormous joy, a great joy! We must live in expectation of this encounter!>

A Christian is not made for boredom, if anything for patience. He knows that a mystery of grace is hidden, even in the monotony of certain days that are always the same. There are persons that, with the perseverance of their love, become like wells that irrigate the desert. Nothing happens in vain, and no situation in which a Christian is immersed is completely refractory to love. No night is so long as to forget the joy of the dawn. And the darker the night is, the closer is the dawn.> If we remain united to Jesus, the cold of difficult moments doesn’t paralyze us; and even if the whole world preached against hope, if it said that the future will only bring dark clouds, a Christian knows that in that same future is Christ’s return. No one knows when this will happen, but the thought that at the end of our history is Merciful Jesus, is enough to have trust and not to curse life. Everything will be saved. Everything. We will suffer, there will be moments that arouse anger and indignation, but the sweet and powerful memory of Christ will dispel the temptation to think that this life is wrong.>

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<After knowing Jesus, we can do no other than scrutinize history with trust and hope. Jesus is like a house, and we are inside, and we look at the world from the windows of this house.> Therefore, we don’t withdraw into ourselves, we don’t regret melancholically a past that is presumed golden, but we always look ahead, to a future that’s not only the work of our hands, but that is first of all a constant concern of God’s Providence. One day all that is opaque will become light.>

And we <know> that God doesn’t deny Himself. Never. God never disappoints. His will in our affairs isn’t nebulous, but is a well-delineated plan of salvation. “God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).> Therefore, we don’t abandon ourselves to the flow of events with pessimism, as if history were a train of which one has lost control. Resignation isn’t a Christian virtue. As it isn’t for Christians to shrug their shoulders or bow their head in face of a destiny that seems ineluctable.>

One who brings hope to the world is never a submissive person. Jesus recommends that we wait for it without staying twiddling our thumbs. “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes “ (Luke 12:37).> There is no peacemaker that, ultimately, has not compromised his personal peace, by assuming others’ problems. A submissive person isn’t a peacemaker but is lazy, one who wants to be comfortable. While a Christian is a peacemaker when he risks, when he has the courage to risk to bring the good, the good that Jesus has given us, given us as a treasure.>

Let us repeat each day of our life that invocation that the first disciples expressed in their Aramaic language with the words Marana tha, and that we find again in the last verse of the Bible: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)> It’s the refrain of every Christian existence: in our world we aren’t in need of anything other than a caress of Christ. What a grace if, in prayer, in difficult days of this life, we hear His voice responding and reassuring us: “Behold, I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7)!>

Oct-12-17  Luke Warm: I just had an online chessgame where the person had the best Bishop. I had two passed pawns and the opposing Bishop was the right colour of both promoting squares to nip that idea in the bud. Then when it came time for her to promote, the Bishop was the right one to protect. I was like, " are gooood..."
Oct-12-17  Luke Warm: Picture of Jesus for cormier:
Oct-12-17  Luke Warm: zanzi,
My big brother got a kick out of "Mama Said Knock You Out" when it came out.
Oct-12-17  Luke Warm: Have I told the "My big brother's first reaction to What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" story yet?
Oct-12-17  zborris8: <optimal play: <zborris8: <optimal play> In the USA, soccer is widely considered to be a sport for women and children. Videos of international soccer stars falling down and crying over the slightest touch only serve to reinforce this belief.

Ozzy Man Reviews Soccer

heh heh

Football (Soccer) Sniper

My favourite's at 0:26


(N.B. Probably best to stop at 0:50)>

Geez. Thanks for the warning! It was almost as scary as this:

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  zanzibar: <zborris8> how the hell did you find that?!

Only 3 views in a year, with zero comments!

Oct-12-17  zborris8: <zanzibar> Nice catch! That was a 'stumble-upon' - the OP's video "Getting Fatter" showed up on YT's sidebar algorithm with this one:
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  john barleycorn: <harry> do they do it at the RedLol?

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  Octavia: <I Don't Like The Rich> I second that!

I never thought I'd see politics in this caff

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  WorstPlayerEver: What? Where? When?
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  cormier: Gospel

"But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you."

Oct-13-17  Luke Warm: If I lived in the U.S. today, I'd be all "I don't know this government, man, these aren't my people--I ain't no fortunate son":
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Oct-13-17  Luke Warm: Octavia,
I looked at your interesting profile and noticed your definition of philanthropy: someone who shares his/her ill gotten gains with others.

I respect your strictly financial definition, but philanthropy could also be expressed as the desire to promote the welfare of others or goodwill.

Wouldn't you agree?

Oct-13-17  Luke Warm: "Short and Curlies":
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  diceman: <Octavia:

<I Don't Like The Rich> I second that!>

Don't worry Luke, Ive got your back!

If I run into Neil Young I'm punching him right in the nose!

Rust may never sleep, but Neil will be out like a light!

That $^%#$%&^$!

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  ketchuplover: silliest move ever? white Qe6 black Kh8 Qe4 Rf7 g7 h7. I played Qe8+
Oct-13-17  Luke Warm: And another Stones' song about being p-whipped, "Slave":
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  diceman: <ketchuplover: silliest move ever?>

It's up there.

At least with no King you couldn't lose.

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  diceman: <Luke Warm:

philanthropy could also be expressed as the desire to promote the welfare>

When Phil Collins does it, it's PhilCollinsthropy.

(I'm just guessing he does.
After all, he is the evil, evil, rich)

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  MissScarlett: It's tough being a multi-millionaire:
Oct-13-17  nok: <God never disappoints. His will in our affairs isn’t nebulous, but is a well-delineated plan of salvation.> Can he hold RB vs R?
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  HeMateMe: ten year after, at the Beeb


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