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Monday, April 23, 2012

Feast of Saint George

Good morning. There is something which I encountered recently which eliminated any doubt I may have had regarding the real presence of the devil in people’s lives, which is why each of us should center our lives on prayer and the sacraments. Christ should be at the center of our marriage. The Eucharist is the one true answer for building a strong, joy filled marriage and family. Our late pontiff, Blessed Pope John Paul II frequently spoke of the Eucharist and a special connection with marriage. "The Eucharist is the sacrament of our redemption. It is the sacrament of the Bridegroom and of the Bride." Jesus in today’s Gospel notes that we need to focus on the food which will endure versus focusing upon that which will spoil and that which will ultimately spoil our lives. There is much written amongst the writings of Saint Paul and as mentioned those of Pope John Paul II, but the bottom line is that a marriage which is centered around the Eucharist is truly strengthened and fortified against the insidious ways of the devil and a world which diminishes the importance of marriage and family. Centering our lives around the Eucharist and prayer abundantly strengthens the indissoluble unity and love of our marriage. Centering our marriage on prayer is like having Saint George, whose life we celebrate today, at the ready to protect us from the snares of the devil. As is noted in today’s Gospel joy cannot be found in the food offered by a self-centered world of temporal pleasures. The things of this world will always leave us forever lacking and searching for the true joy found only the giving life of the Eucharist. When we center our marriage on prayer and the sacraments we make God present and real in our midst and our life together becomes a sacrament, revealing God’s presence to the world. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint George.

Saint George Prayer
O GOD, who didst grant to Saint George strength and constancy in the various torments which he sustained for our holy faith; we beseech Thee to preserve, through his intercession, our faith from wavering and doubt, so that we may serve Thee with a sincere heart faithfully unto death. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. 
Through Christ our Lord. 

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