August 15, 2022     8:30 am
345. Week of Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Do not be conformed to this world
          Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.   Romans 12:2
          Dear Christian, hear! You are no longer a part of the wicked, unbelieving world, which is always intent upon doing what pleases the flesh. Surely, you are a child of God through Jesus Christ; you have learned to know the wonderful mercy of God, and this prompts you to serve God with all your heart. Now, therefore, do not be conformed to this world. Do not demean yourself as the world does, which is carnal and unrestrained in morals. Do not take part in the thousand things the world has invented to gratify the desires of the flesh. Be transformed! Be different from the wretched world! But let your transformation be from within. Be transformed by the daily renewing of your mind, by remembering every day that you are a child of God. Therefore, prove everything, examine everything, but not like hypocritical Christians do. How do they prove everything? They prove it to see whether they may not do it, or neglect to do it, as the case may be, without being convicted of a manifest sin. What a carnal mind this betrays! You are to institute an altogether different test. How so? Always prove what the will of God is with regard to the matter in hand. Always and in every instance inquire what is good, perfectly good, and therefore acceptable in the sight of God, your dear Father. Where must you inquire about this? In the Word of God. But in the Word of God you must search and inquire with eyes that have been rendered keen by the new sense which you possess, the heartfelt desire to live in accordance with the will of God. Alas! the flesh still clings heavily to us Christians. And yet, all true Christians truly yearn to do God's will.
          PRAYER: - Renew me, O my God, by Your Holy Spirit! Daily enlighten my poor carnal heart with the light of Your mercy, that from my whole heart I may desire to do Your will, Your good and acceptable and perfect will, in everything. Forgive my sins for Jesus' sake! You surely do. And because You do this, grant me grace to love You all the more, and do Your will ever more perfectly. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     8:30 am