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Today marks the conclusion of a week of prayer for Christian unity.

Jesus prayed for it. If you haven't, join us today. https://buff.ly/2Dz8itX

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"Marriage is meant to be sweet, says St Francis, it only becomes bitter if we don’t maintain it. So take a breath, pause, look at each other with new eyes, renew the affection and sacrificial love you first vowed to on your wedding day, and say to yourself, this is my beloved, the heart of my very own heart."

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Have you ever felt frustrated and impatient because it just seems like God is taking a really long time to clear his backlog of unanswered prayers? The wait can seem meaningless. We cannot understand why He’s taking so long, and why some prayers go unanswered. It is easy to conclude that He isn’t listening.

Truth is, we are often too busy or fixated on how we want the prayers to be realised, to see that God has in fact come through for us. As difficult as it is to swallow, we need to realise that God’s ways are not our ways. Just as His time is not ours. We need to trust in our good Father who gives us what we need – not what we want.

So let us pray for a child-like faith to be born in us again. And may this time of waiting be a time of growth in faith and virtue, as we lean in to what He may be calling us to do at every present moment.

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"Become a child yourself."

Children are spontaneously, intuitively in touch with their own neediness, and they are quick to ask for help. Children have open hands and open hearts, and they stand ready to receive love with gratitude and joy. Children live in expectant faith that if they fall, fail or flail their Papa is going to take care of it—and he’s going to take care of them, too. Children trust completely.

This is the way of spiritual childhood that St Faustina and St Therese found so liberating; and it is the path of humility and trust: I freely and humbly admit that I’m a hot mess, while furiously trusting that I am loved and redeemed by a merciful God who is bigger than all of my sins and weaknesses.

Let us become little children, abandoning ourselves to the Lord, trusting that His love will make up for whatever is lacking in ours. This is grace. As the Little Flower said, "All is grace."

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In her journey with those who are broken, Sister Gerard Fernandez believes that God condemns no one.

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"Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" has sparked a decluttering craze in Singapore and around the world. But how does it apply to our lives as Christians?

When we recognise that everything we have comes from God and learn to declutter, it helps us to be grateful to God for the gifts and blessings that He has given. It builds our trust towards God that He will take care of our needs. We learn to be detached and let go.

Besides material items, we can also seek to identify excesses or unhealthy attachments in the spiritual life and ask, “What do I cling to? My time, my energy, my friendships, my talent, my opinions?”

“For the Christian, this is a way of taking away those things that nickel-and-dime our lives, so that we can really have what we need and value that, and then have the space in our life, that sort of openness, that quietness, to really follow the Lord – to hear his voice, to pay attention to God…serving other people and loving them.”

So, have you 'KonMari' yet?
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