My family . . . the blessings of my life!

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

Friday, December 31, 2010

Charity


Never speak badly of your brother, not even when you have plenty of reasons. Go first to the Tabernacle, and then go to the priest your father, and tell him also what is worrying you.

And no one else.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #444

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Catholic Catechism #2548

Life in Christ: Catechism #2548

Desire for true happiness frees man from his immoderate attachment to the goods of this world so that he can find his fulfillment in the vision and beatitude of God. "The promise [of seeing God] surpasses all beatitude...In Scripture, to see is to possess...Whoever sees God has obtained all the goods of which he can conceive."

Reflection from St. Augustine

We ought to be persuaded that what God refuses to our prayer, He grants to our salvation.
– St. Augustine

Reflection: Poverty, true poverty


Rather than in not having, true poverty consists in being detached, in voluntarily renouncing one's dominion over things.

That is why there are poor who are really rich. And vice-versa.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #632

Monday, December 20, 2010

You Can! {follow Jesus}

One Minute Meditations

You Can!
When Our Lord called the first Apostles they were busy mending their broken nets by the side of an old boat. Our Lord told them to follow him and statim – immediately – they left everything – relictis omnibus – everything! And followed him.

Sometimes, though we wish to imitate them, we find we don't manage to leave everything, and there remains some attachment in our heart, something wrong in our life which we're not willing to break with and offer it up to God.

Won't you examine your heart in depth? Nothing should remain there except what is his. If not, we aren't really loving him, neither you nor I.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #356


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As we approach Christmas Day, the birth of our Savior, let us spend some time reflecting on this *important* meditation -- Jesus is calling each of us, just as he did these *imperfect* fishermen...will we love him enough to leave everything and follow him *completely* as the fishermen did?

May we all ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and our hearts to see any and all attachments that we have *not* been willing to break and may the Holy Spirit change our hearts to docile and radically changed hearts that will follow Jesus NO MATTER THE COST as the fishermen did...they left *everything* behind to completely follow Jesus.

What is in our lives that Jesus asks us to *leave* behind (things we do that should not be actions of a Christian, Matthew 4:19-20, 22). We should seek to be "He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain."

What is in our lives that Jesus asks us to *change* (i.e., love those who persecute us, Romans 12:14).

The two great commandments that contain the whole law of God are:
1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
2. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

As we approach Christmas, let us renew our commitment to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus with all that we are. Let us be *completely* transformed and give our *all* by living lives fully committed to pleasing Jesus Christ in all we think, do, and say...and trust that he knows we are imperfect but that we are honestly trying our very best to love & serve him in all we do.
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Oddly enough, just as I posted the above meditation, I read another (below). Although from a different perspective, I feel the advice is important. Let us be like the fishermen above, not the description below...whatever is in us from below, let us ask the Lord to change so we may better follow him.

One Minute Meditations

Other Virtues
I see you, christian gentleman – that is what you say you are – kissing an image, mumbling a vocal prayer, crying out against those who attack the Church of God..., and even frequenting the holy Sacraments.

But I don't see you making any sacrifice, or avoiding certain conversations of a 'worldly' nature (I could with justice use another term), or being generous towards those in need or towards that Church of Christ, or putting up with a failing in one of your brothers, or checking your pride for the sake of the common good, or getting rid of your tight cloak of selfishness, or... so many things more!

I see you... I don't see you... And yet you say that you are a christian gentleman? What a poor idea you have of Christ!
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #683

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.