My family . . . the blessings of my life!

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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

One Minute Meditations - Character...temptation

Character
Turn your back on the tempter when he whispers in your ear: 'Why make life difficult for yourself?'
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #6

LIZ'S QUESTION TO ASK OURSELVES...
Do we turn our backs or do we look for ways to make life less 'difficult'?

Following Christ doesn't mean an easy path, but it does mean a peaceful heart despite rocky paths.

Hold strong to Christ. Do not be lukewarm. Turn your back on the tempter. Grab onto our Mother Mary's hand and ask her to take you to her son. Life is difficult. Choose Christ. Choose virtue. Pray hard.

The tempter wants you to take...
The easy way out.
The less difficult choice.
The 'But I deserve to feel good don't I???' choice.

The tempter KNOWS standing for Christ is going against the flow of the secular world and is often the 'less popular choice, therefore the more difficult...that's why he tempts you with avoiding difficult paths or tempts you with 'feel good' choices that are temporary and fleeting... but as Christians our goal should be the PEACE THAT CHRIST OFFERS. HIS PEACE IS FOREVER.

Being a Christian calls us to turn our back on the tempter as he whispers, "Why make life difficult for yourself?"

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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.