My family . . . the blessings of my life!

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

Friday, September 17, 2010

Do you strive to be recognized on earth or in heaven?

Today's reflection:

Fruitfulness
Some poor people seem to get annoyed by the good works you are doing, as if a thing ceases to be good when it is not being carried out or organized by themselves.

This lack of understanding cannot be an excuse for you to slacken off in what you are doing. Try to do it even better, right now. When you get no applause on earth, your work will be all the more welcome in Heaven.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #962

As I read today's reflection something hit me...
"When you get no applause on earth, your work will be all the more welcome in Heaven."

"WHEN YOU GET NO APPLAUSE ON EARTH..."

WOW, isn't that contrary
to our "IT'S ALL ABOUT ME" way of life in America?




It's so apparent that our society is focused on ME, ME, ME...


I am human, I am powerful, I am educated, I am the boss, I am in charge...

I am awesome...
Most importantly I DESERVE RECOGNITION
tends to be the thought in our world today, everywhere...
It's all about me...I deserve it! I am awesome!



But the reflection says...
Some poor people seem to get annoyed by the good works you are doing, as if a thing ceases to be good when it is not being carried out or organized by themselves.

This lack of understanding cannot be an excuse for you to slacken off in what you are doing. Try to do it even better, right now. When you get no applause on earth, your work will be all the more welcome in Heaven.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #962

Why do we strive to live good, true, Christian lives?
Why should we strive to KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS & NOT ON THIS WORLD???
WHY should we want our reward in HEAVEN AND NOT ON EARTH??

Because...


Yes, God loves you enough that he gave His son FOR YOU...FOR EACH OF US.



His love for you is evident, if you only search for it...



Let HIM love you...Letting HIM love you, allows HIM to increase and you to decrease.
(Going against the flow of "It's all about me")

Truly, God's love IS best of all!
Every moment of every day is an opportunity to
KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS...
LOVE HIM WITH ALL THAT WE ARE...
LET HIM LOVE US...
BRING OTHERS TO HIS LOVE...
DESIRE OUR *REWARD* TO BE IN HEAVEN, NOT THE SELF-PLEASING RECOGNITION & REWARDS OF THIS PASSING WORLD.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Live your life on this earth so that you may spend an eternity in heaven with God who loves you & created you to spend an eternity with him.

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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.