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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday, Memorial of St. Paul VI, Pope, 29 May 2024
1 Peter 1:18-25     ><}}}}"> + ><}}}}"> + ><}}}}">     Mark 10:32-45
Photo by author, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, QC, 20 March 2024.
What a lovely Wednesday
we have, God our loving Father
right in the middle of so many 
issues that make us examine our
heart and soul,
what we truly value in this life
as Peter reminds us of how much
You value us so much as a people,
every individual person:

Beloved: Realize that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious Blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb… You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God.

1 Peter 1:18-19, 23

Through Your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord,
help us realize dear Father 
these truths and realities 
of Your immense love 
for each one of us
while we waste
and take for granted
the value of human life
especially at its most vulnerable 
stages of infancy and old age
as well as the sanctity of marriage;
enlighten our minds and our hearts,
especially those of our lawmakers
and policy makers,
most of all, 
the masses who are misled by
so many into believing in the need
for contraceptives and abortions,
and divorce.
Forgive us, dear Jesus
for the "hardness of our hearts"
in insisting our own 
rules and laws,
blinded by glory of power
and wealth like the brothers
James and John;
let us heed your call that
"whoever wishes to be great
among you will be your servant"
(Mark 10:43).
In this great period in our history
as a Christian nation when some people
claiming to know more,
claiming to know better
totally disregard facts
and true wisdom from the Spirit
in advocating divorce and other
agenda promoting the "culture of death",
grant us O Lord Jesus Christ
the courage You gave St. Paul VI
to go against the tide by standing firm
on Your truth in upholding human life
by choosing the minority report
"Humane vitae":
St. Paul VI did not mind at all
being maligned and persecuted
even within the Church
for he believed firmly at how You,
O God value every person;
how beautiful that in the end,
You proved him right
when You allowed
St. Paul VI to intercede twice
in the miraculous birth of two babies
recommended by doctors for abortion
due to difficult pregnancy and disability
that eventually paved the way for his
beatification and canonization.
Like St. Paul VI,
let us be rooted in You, O God
as we "dialogue with the modern world"
by leading people to You
in order to find fulfillment
and meaning in life
in the name of Christ.
Amen. 
St. Paul VI,
Pray for us!
Pope Paul VI is seen in this portrait made in early 1969 (CNS photo) via wikipedia.org.
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