My family . . . the blessings of my life!

My family . . . the blessings of my life!
Sean, Mackenzie, Pat (hubby), me, Jeneah

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Life in Christ: Catechism #2486 - Lie

Life in Christ: Catechism #2486

Since it violates the virtue of truthfulness, a lie does real violence to another. It affects his ability to know, which is a condition of every judgment and decision. It contains the seed of discord and all consequent evils. Lying is destructive of society; it undermines trust among men and tears apart the fabric of social relationships.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Scripture Verse of the Day - 1 Peter 2:11

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

One Minute Meditation - Struggle

Struggle
This divine warfare of ours is a marvellous sowing of peace.
- St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #106

Life in Christ: Catechism #2481

Boasting or bragging is an offense against truth.

So is irony aimed at disparaging someone by maliciously caricaturing some aspect of his behavior.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One Minute Meditations - Sincerity / Secrets

Anyone who hides a temptation from his director shares a secret with the devil.

He has become a friend of the enemy.

– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #323

Reflections from the Saints - St. Charles Borromeo

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.
– St. Charles Borromeo

Life in Christ: Catechism #2478 - Judgment

Life in Christ: Catechism #2478

To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor's thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reflections from the Saints

Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man's entire relation to God and to his neighbor.
– St. Aelred of Rievaulx

One Minute Meditations - Guidance

Guidance
Without a plan of life you will never have order.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #76

Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Teresa of Avila
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."

Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.