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Photographically Speaking
By Frank J Casella
Photo: 'Thinking In Black And White' - Copyright 2008 Frank J Casella
You Are God's Chosen People
Saint Peter admonishes Christians in 1 Peter 2:9-12 to remember their own intrinsic value, and to stay focused on Jesus Christ. He warns the Christian community about the negative effects of living in a society that is hostile and destructive, and reminds them that they are protected and powerful when they put their faith in God.
"9 But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 Once you were “no people”
but now you are God’s people;
you “had not received mercy”
but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and sojourners* to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against the soul.
12 Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that if they speak of you as evildoers, they may observe your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation."
In the midst of this world, men of God are called to stand as a sign and an example of what it means to live holy lives. We are called to recognise that Christian life is not something we choose for ourselves, but that we are chosen by God to live this life. We see around us men and women living degraded lives, caught up in the false idols that lead them into lives of sexual and alcoholic addiction, among many other destructive behaviors. God calls us away from these human miseries and into lives in which we build faithful and lasting relationships, and in which interpersonal love is real.
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A Man's Prayer
Jesus, my Lord and Savior; 
I don't pray as often as I ought. But, I trust
you know my heart. 
Forgive me for the times I have not been
a dutiful son, obeying the commandments,
and making my life a sacrifice in tribute to your
sacrifice on calvery to forgive my sins. 
I need your powerful graces, O Lord,
to live for you alone through my dedication to
serve my family and firends, and my Church.
Watch over all those who are important to me.
Help me to shed what is unworthy in my that
my heart and soul may ever increasingly
absorb your goodness.
Give me not riches but a discerning heart to do
always that which is good despite the cost to me. 
Help me Lord to be a Christian servant to others,
to lead them where I want to go and be, your kingdom
promised to all who acknowledge you to be Lord,
forever and ever, Amen.

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Frank J Casella is a Catholic, American, spiritual change angent, artistic photographer, blogger, 4th gen. K of C, and communications technology junkie. Check out his blog, The Thoughts Behind My Thinking.
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