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How Has God Blessed You Today?...

In an effort to evangelize within my own family I decided to try an experiment with my children. One day I sent a text to my 15-year-old son and asked “How has God blessed you today?” I then followed up with “Let’s talk about it tonight.”

At dinner I asked him: “So did you think about the question I texted earlier today?”

“Not really,” he said.

So I looked to my 20-year-old across the table and asked him the same question. His intelligent response was: “I’m still breathing.”

So my first attempt may not have produced the faith filled responses I was hoping for, but at least they were thinking, however briefly, about the gift of their faith. I decided that I’d try again sometime soon and see if it elicits a different response.  At least I felt like I was trying to connect with them and encourage them to talk about their faith. If they’re not comfortable talking about it at home, I can’t expect them to do it anywhere else.

So next time I’ll target my 17-year-old and see what he says. It can’t hurt to try. And even if I get an answer like, “I dunno,” maybe the fact that I asked the question will help him to stop and think about his blessings later on. And because we’re all a part of the Christian family we have a lot of blessings.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."