The Church Sharpens Us!

Chapter 10 – Proverbs 27:17 – How Do We Sharpen Each Other

“As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens his fellow man” – Proverbs 27:17

This is one of my favorite Bible quotes and I learned it from my brothers. It is their official bible quote and used on all of their merchandise.

I believe we sharpen each other by living in The Word and sharing it so in this chapter I will share the Teachings of The Church and my personal and favorite Bible quotes and prayers of The Church.

So let’s get started. Everything starts and comes forth from with The Liturgy of The Word and The Liturgy of The Eucharist (Jesus instituted the Liturgy of The Eucharist during The Last Supper Passover meal he shared with His Apostles on what we now call Holy Thursday, see John 14:1-16:33), or as we call it, The Mass, which takes place daily throughout the world.

Let’s back up a little, what does Catholic mean? It means Universal. The Church is Holy, Apostolic, Universal and One. This comes directly from Jesus: “that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. – John 17:21.

So, the prayers of The Church start with The Mass (The Liturgy of The Word and The Liturgy of The Eucharist), next we have The Liturgy of Hours (these are prayers that include scripture passages and writings of our Church Fathers, Saints and Popes, hymns and psalms said and prayed at specific hours throughout the day, every day, hence, Liturgy of Hours) that priests and religious are required to pray daily and all the faithful, including lay people are encouraged to pray as well.

The Holy Rosary is also to be prayed daily and is a meditation on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His Blessed Mother. This prayer is a powerful weapon against evil, and is so much more than just repeating our Apostles Creed, Hail Mary’s, Our Father’s and Doxology (Glory Be prayer). The beads make a circle that start at the cross and end at the cross and make a rope or ladder to heaven. We pray the rosary with reverence and meditatively as we contemplate each mystery of the rosary as we reflect on the lives of Jesus and His Blessed Mother shared together. Two hearts, the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate heart of Mary beat as one. Mary was set apart in the entire human race for all time, chosen by The Father, chosen for The Son, chosen to be the bride of The Holy Spirit! Read The Apostolic Letter of Pope Saint John Paul II – On The Most Holy Rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae. I invite all people to pray the rosary. You don’t just have to be Catholic to pray this great prayer.

The chaplet of Divine Mercy also is to be prayed daily and I encourage you to read the diary of St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, to learn more about this great meditative prayer about Redemptive suffering.

There are numerous other prayers so pick one and take baby steps as faith is a life long process.

In addition to the above prayers of the church I pray and recite my own personal mission statement that I wrote several years ago: “To Glorify God in business and life, while helping others along the way”. I pray the 33 days to morning glory prayer, the St Patrick Prayer, The St Francis prayer, St. Michael The Archangel defend us in battle prayer, the Anima Christi prayer, the angelic warfare confraternity prayers, the Beatitudes, the 10 Commandments, the fruits of The Holy Spirit, The Gifts of The Holy Spirit, the 7 deadly sins, the corporal works of mercy, the spiritual works of mercy, the 7 Dolors of Mary, and these my favorite Scripture passages –

“I can do all things through Jesus who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13

“Giving thanks always for all things , to God the father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord” – Ephesians 5:20

“Better to put my trust in you God, than mere mortal men” – Psalm 118:8

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked with favor upon the lowly” – Luke 1:46

“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that all who believe in Him, may not perish, but have everlasting life” – John 3:16

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will be given to you” – Matthew 6:33

“God makes all things for the good for those who love Him and His righteousness, and are called according to His purpose” – Romans 8:28

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6

“As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens his fellow man” – Proverbs 27:17

Jesus said, “Fatherforgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” – Luke 23:34

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them” – Acts 7:60

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but forfeit his soul?” – Mark 8:36

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” – Psalm 118:24

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” – Jeremiah 1:5

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 19:24

“With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible” – Matthew 19:26

Jesus in me loves you!

The Lord be with you!

The Cross before me, the world behind me! That comes from my father.

Faith is not meant to be alone. It must be practiced and shared. Those who say I have my own relationship with God and I don’t need to practice it with anyone, I don’t need a Priest, I don’t need to confess my sins to another person are deluding themselves. We need to have a personal relationship God, yes! We need to be born again, yes! But we absolutely need to worship with a community of believers on a regular basis, and we also need to meet with a small faith based group regularly. That is how we learn and grow in our faith and sharpen each other. Humility! Humility! Humility! Helps us go deeper.

The Church, in its infinite wisdom, given to us by Jesus The Christ Himself some 2000 years ago is a gift! Listen to IT! And “walk humbly with your God”.

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