Praying to be a “devout” person

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday in the Third Week of Easter, 26 April 2023
Acts 8:1-8   ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'>   John 6:35-40
Photo by Mr. Jim Marpa, 2019.
Lord Jesus,
teach me to be a "devout"
person; not just righteous or
holy but devout as well
like those "Devout men (who)
buried Stephen and made a loud
lament over him" (Acts 8:2).

Yesterday, you taught us dear Lord
that whatever is in our heart is
reflected on our face;
today you teach us that
to be "devout" is still of the heart
which is to be of a good heart 
ready to believe and act openly
with courage on that belief.
Only St. Luke used the adjective
"devout" to describe some persons
like Simeon who praised God upon
seeing Jesus when presented to the
temple by his parents; the Jews from
all over the world who came to observe
Pentecost day in Jerusalem;
the men who buried Stephen, and
Ananias who sought Saul while 
still blind to bring him to the Church.
Many times dear Lord
our being devout is 
self-serving when we merely
open our eyes for things 
that are seen in our many 
devotions, seeing more our selves
failing to see Christ in 
the other persons
who have to be loved
and cared for, understood
and forgiven, accepted and
affirmed.  
No wonder until now,
though we receive you Jesus
in the Eucharist, we do not 
experience and feel your Body,
your Person because our hearts
are not open at all to you through
others especially the sick and
suffering.  Amen.
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