Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011: (St. Francis Xavier)
Jesus said: “My people, many of you in your country feel unclean unless you have a shower or bath each day. You are even washing your hands many times a day to keep from getting colds or the flu. You are so concerned about washing the outside of your body every day, but how often do you think about cleansing the inside soul. There are many clean people walking around with mortal sins on their souls. I even criticized the Pharisees for all of their scrupulous washing of pots and kettles as well as the purifying of hands. I told them that My Father who made the outside of their bodies, also made the inside soul as well. So focus more on keeping your souls clean on the inside than just cleaning the outside of your body. By going to frequent Confession, then you can be clean both inside and outside of your bodies.”

Jesus said: “My people, during Advent there is a need for the Christmas spirit in sharing with the needs of others by giving what you have of money, time, and talent. You just had Thanksgiving week awhile ago, and sharing what you have is the best way to give Me thanks. You can show this by giving donations of money or food to the poor. You can do a good deed for someone in the Christmas spirit. You share gifts with your friends and relatives, but you may receive something back from them in return. When you share with the poor, it is coming from your heart because you are not expecting anything in return but a thank you. Every time you pray for someone or help them freely, you are storing up spiritual treasure in heaven. Even when you give donations, you should do so lovingly, and not just for a tax deduction. By showing love in giving to the poor, you are showing your love to Me.”