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Author: Fr. John Grieco

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"Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." These words of Jesus Christ are an invitation to personal and intimate prayer. The meditations offered in this podcast are intended to help the listener enter into his own prayerful relationship with God. By reflecting on scenes from the Gospel, on other passages from Scripture, and on the insights of saints and spiritual writers, we can strengthen our faith in Jesus and our love for God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "I have called you my friends." By regular meditation and dialogue with Our Lord in prayer, our life can be transformed into an ever deepening and loving friendship with God.
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The Holy Mass makes present Jesus' Resurrection as well as his sacrifice on the Cross.  The Body of Christ, as a resurrected body, is a gift that is given to others.  To receive our Lord is to become like him and moves us to imitate his goodness.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.comSpecial thanks go to Quinn Grieco the younger for supporting this podcast.  
On Divine Mercy Sunday, we reflect on Jesus's message of peace to the Apostles in the upper room on Easter Sunday.  He brings them peace and joy when they are afraid and sad.  He gives them and us the means to return to peace, the sacrament of confession.  God's Mercy is powerful and enduring, only our pride can keep us from experiencing its marvelous effects.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.comhttps://soundcloud.com/dave-grieco-1/tracks
Jesus's Resurrection is the culmination of his victory over sin and death.  In his death and his rising to new life Jesus defeats Satan, the great enemy of God and humanity.  The Resurrection proves that God's love for us is undefeated and truly invincible.  In any battle that God wants us to fight, we can be fully confident of eventual and joyful victory.   Happy Easter!https://comeawaybyyourselves.comFor the music see https://open.spotify.com/album/5XqqbnE7ywxlAPO9jXBACh?si=DYb0d5L0RfO50xGiLl_tRQFor last year's (calmer) Easter meditation, see https://comeaway.buzzsprout.com/936226/3358177-loving-much or on Apple podcasts at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/loving-much/id1503216953?i=1000471451374
Lent closes with Holy Saturday.  With her Son resting in the tomb, Mary keeps the faith of the Church alive.https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
We are redeemed by an act of love: specifically by Jesus' willingness to suffer on our behalf.https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
"Behold the man."  These words of Pontius Pilate are an unwitting invitation to contemplation.  To behold Jesus in his passion is to see much more than meets the eye.  The cross reveals God's judgment of the world, a judgment at once harsh and hopeful.  The staggering mystery of good Friday is the mystery of the suffering and death of God himself.  For St. John Henry Newman's stunning sermon, see: https://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume6/sermon6.htmlFor the musical intro and outro, "Crosses to Bear," see my brother's album: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XqqbnE7ywxlAPO9jXBACh?si=DYb0d5L0RfO50xGiLl_tRQorhttps://soundcloud.com/dave-grieco-1/tracks
"If we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy." -- St. John Marie Vianneyhttps://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane is a model of Christian prayer.  His prayer is simple, honest, and focused on God.  He perseveres in trusting petition and is eventually strengthened by his heavenly Father.  The Agony in the Garden teaches us the importance of fidelity to our own prayer life.  We need to pray and in a mysterious way God needs our prayer.  For more information and resources visit https://comeawaybyyourselves.com 
Wednesday of Holy Week is called "Spy Wednesday."  Judas is truly a spy, and many times so are  we.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Our Lord foresees the betrayal of Judas and the denials of Peter.  He is hurt by our betrayals too.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Lent - Day 34

Lent - Day 34

2021-03-2704:36

Caiaphas unknowingly predicts our redemption by planning our Lord's death.  He plays right into God's own greater plan.https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Lent - Day 33

Lent - Day 33

2021-03-2604:37

Today the Church turns her eyes towards Mary, Mother of Sorrows.https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Mary's "yes" changes everything.  Our "yes" can do a lot too.https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
When Mary says "yes" at the Annunciation, the divine Word becomes flesh.  The mystery of the Incarnation entails a wondrous exchange of natures.  God takes on our human nature in order to have us share in his divine nature.  God became one of us so that we could become like him.  This lowering of almighty God to share in our human experience and our limitations is very personal.  He did it for you and me, for my good and for yours.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Lent - Day 31

Lent - Day 31

2021-03-2403:09

"The truth will set you free."  Part of the truth is hard to accept.  A good examination of conscience helps a lot. Examinations of conscience:  https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-consciencehttps://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Lent - Day 30

Lent - Day 30

2021-03-2304:04

Lifted up on the Cross, Jesus reveals himself to be God.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Lent - Day 29

Lent - Day 29

2021-03-2204:54

"Neither do I condemn you.  Go and sin no more."   Jesus' response to our sins.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
Lent - Day 28

Lent - Day 28

2021-03-2001:44

Christ’s words have the power to change us. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
St. Joseph is a man on a mission.  His life is all about just one thing.  Ours should be too. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
On the Feast of St. Joseph, we  reflect on his courage in accepting the unique responsibilities entrusted to him by God.  This courage was bolstered by his trust in God and in God's plan.  Joseph didn't have to understand everything to be faithful to God's will.  His determination to love and protect Mary and Jesus is tied to his flexibility and detachment with respect to his own plans.  For more information and resources, please visit https://comeawaybyyourselves.com 
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Cris pazmiño

thank you so much

Apr 7th
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