Saturday, August 1, 2009: (Alphonsus Liguori)

Jesus said: “My people, you have heard Me say that I am the ‘Light’ of the world because I disperse the darkness of sin. In the same way I want all of My faithful to be My lights in the world so you can spread your light of faith to others. One candle may seem insignificant to you among the expanse of the darkness of night and evil in the world. But with many of you lighting your candles of faith, there will truly be plenty of light for people to see their way to Me. Your priest talked of good deeds in his homily, but the best good deed that you could perform is to convert someone to the faith, or reconvert someone who has fallen away from their faith. Even in your own families, you need to be examples and beacons of faith for your family to follow. Pray for those who need to return to Sunday Mass and My sacraments. Your prayers could be their salvation.”
Jesus said: “My people, you spend some time every week keeping your house and yard in order. Some time is spent on cleaning the dust inside and other time is spent cutting your grass and trimming. You are very intent on making a good appearance on your property and even on your physical appearance. If I showed you what your soul looks like, you would be aghast at the darkness of your sins. It is your inner appearance in your soul that I see all the time, and many souls make themselves hard for Me to look at. If you want to have a neat appearance in your soul as you do with everything else, then you need to come to the priest in Confession so I can cleanse your sins and renew your soul with My beautiful graces. The saints were more concerned with their inner appearance than their outer appearance. Some even gave up their wealth and only wore modest clothing like the robes of the Franciscans. It is good to have a neat appearance, but see that your soul’s appearance is more important to Me.”