Wednesday, December 30, 2009
While one is driving, they shouldn't text while doing so. As drivers, we need to be prepared for anything that may happen. As drivers, we need to pay attention.
When we lose focus, that is when we open ourselves to danger.
Our spiritual life is kind of the same way.
Everyone's destination should be to get to the Kingdom of Heaven
There may be strong Christians out there that have gotten off track. That haven't really been "focused". That have fallen down a road of evil, thus causing them to drift from God.
You see, it is when we allow ourselves to get weak, that everyting goes wrong.
When our inner wold is drab, the attack of satan is much more successful.
The Catholic Catechism says the purity of heart will enable us to see God. It will bring clarity.
Sometimes we weaken ourselves because we are being weighed down by sin.
Sometimes we are lost in all the evil, that nothing seems to make sense. We lose our sense of direction. And while we are lost, and lonely, and yerning for something, Satan attacks.
How do we fight this? By simply educating ourselves. By prayer. By partaking in the Sacraments: Confession and Holy Communion.
It's important to know what the Church is teaching, how Satan works, and how God works.
We will never understand everthing in this lifetime, but by having some understanding we can be prepared for challenges that come our way. We'll be able to answer questions that we are faced with.
Without knowledge, we'd live a life with very little direction.
We'd often get lost.
There are drivers out there that know the roads well.
That can take short cuts.
That can give good directions somewhere.
If we are this experienced on the road, why can't we be this experienced with our Faith?
So much wisdom and understanding will pay off in the end.
If we get to heaven, there will be different "levels" in some sense.
For example, I am not as smart as St. Thomas Aquinas. He has a better understanding of things than I do. So, he's in Heaven with his level of knowledge, and with his level of knowledge, he knows more and understands more. And he is satisfied with what he knows. If I got to heaven, I wouldn't understand everything that he knows. I'm not that smart. But, I would be satisfied anyway...because it's what I understand.
So, read. Stay focused. Pray. Educate yourself.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
And let's thank our Blessed Mother, Mary! She carried, in her womb, Christ our Savior.
Because Mary allowed God for this to happen, we can now recieve so many graces.
Christmas is a time to prepare one self for the birth of Christ. The best way to do this is by prayer. Grow in your relationship with Christ. Ask Him if there's anything you need to change.
Think of Christmas as this interior light. A divine light that presents to us the victory of the love of God over sin and death. Everyone has heard of the story of the star and the three wiseman, and how the star guided the wisemen. Jesus is our star. And we are the wisemen.
He will guide us. So, this Christmas, may our spirits be open to the true Spiritual Light.
- "The feast of Christmas coincides, in our hemisphere, with the time of the year in which the sun ends its descending parabola and begins the phase in which the time of daylight increases gradually, according to the successive course of the seasons. This helps us to understand better the subject of light that prevails over darkness. It is a symbol that evokes a reality that affects man's inner being: I am referring to the light of good that overcomes evil, of love that overcomes hatred, of life that conquers death."
- "Christmas makes us think of this interior light, of the divine light that presents to us again the proclamation of the definitive victory of the love of God over sin and death. "
Enjoy this blessed Christmas. Celebrate it with your loved ones.
Antiphon: December 21st-
O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice:
come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone".
"For you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays".
2 Peter 1:19:
"Keep your attention closely fixed on it, as you would on a lamp shining in a dark place, until the first streaks of dawn appear and the morning star rises in your heart".
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here are some tips.
Pray without ceasing.
God is our best friend, and He wants to know everything going on in our lives. He wants us to form a wonderful relationship with Him. But, in a relationship, one person should not have to do all the talking. It goes both ways. So, be open to listening, as well.
Get a prayer life!
It doesn't have to be long. Maybe 5 minutes when you wake up. And another 5 minutes before you go to bed. Spread it apart if you have to! Make your shower time your prayer time.
Ask and you shall receive. .
God can do all things! God will answer, if it is in His will. But, keep in mind, He may not answer your prayers the way you think would be best. Also, pray with confidence!
Pray for others.
We know we aren't the only ones that struggle in this life. Therefore, it is wise of us to pray for others.
Involve your whole soul and body into prayer.
Body language is a huge form of communication, and you'll notice during Mass there is a lot of body language. Sitting, kneeling, standing, bowing, hands raised, our are hands folded, etc. You can pray in any way, but you have to make time for it.
Thank Him for all that He has done. Our loving and merciful Father sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins. He is worthy of a thank you. Even if things don't seem right in your life, He's worthy of a thank you for giving you a life. For giving you a million chances to keep on striving to better your life.
Prayer is powerful, and never goes to waste.
It is powerful because God is powerful. And God's power is love. He sheds His love on us all.
And if God thinks we aren't really in need of these prayers, it will go to someone that is more in need.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
And we'll call them our friends.
But, Scripture tells us to be careful when it comes to choosing friends. We can't be friends with everyone because there are some people that might be a bad influence. This is why we must choose our friends carefully.
Sometimes, God will send people into our lives for whatever reason. And sometimes, we have to ask.
I remember going through a period of time where I was frustrated with the friends I had, and they were mainly all girls. And let's face it, sometimes girls can be pretty stupid. I wanted a good guy friend at this point. So, I began praying for months...and months...
Until, Summer of 06. My dad picked up a church bulletin and it was advertising some Catholic Youth event called "The Fest". The Fest is Catholic event. Christian bands play, there's Mass, games, etc. I was hesitant about going, because I didn't really like Christian music at the time, and I just thought it would be boring. But, I has a forceful feeling, and I couldn't say no to it. I so ended up going. And I had the most fun ever. I met some really good friends that day, friends that I'm still close with. And one of them is a guy, who I believe was sent to me by God. He's like no other friend I've ever had before. We've never fought. He doesn't judge me for anything. He's understanding, kind, and very funny. He actually encourages me in my Faith, he doesn't bring it down. And, I love that. These are the kind of friends that God wants us to have. It's amazing to have friends that can you can share anything with-good or bad. God places these people in our life for a reason. Because, with these people, we can probably learn from them and help each other become better people.
And, if we all share the same Faith, it makes it easier to pray for each other/educate each other on things.
St. John Vianney said:
You cannot please both God and the world at the same time, They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.
We cannot please our so called "friends" and serve our Lord at the same time.
Those that are true friends will want what's best for us spiritually.
But since we tend to choose the wrong friends, we are caught in the middle.
We try to please the world and God at the same time. It doesn't work that way.
It's either one or the other. Heaven or Hell. And, the majority of the world is so evil.
Sex. Killing. Sin. Drugs. Porn. Drinking. Shoplifting. Etc. To have friends that promotes these things puts you in an awful spot.
Live for God. Love the people that he sends into your life.
Hundreds of years ago, St. Catherine of Siena said, “If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” So, let us do that. Let us strive to be our best. Let us pray for change in the world. Let's be amongst good people. People that can encourage our Faith.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I never thought much of any of this, until now.
Maybe, it means something. Maybe I'm supposed to send out a message. So, that's what I'm going to do now.
When I was a young girl, I would always watch EWTN at night before going to bed. My favorite show on there was Mother Angelica. When I was six years old, I decided I wanted to be just like her.
At the same age, I had a spiritual dream.
I was living in a house. It looked haunted, almost.
My mother's bathroom was made out of pure gold.
The walls, sinks, everything was just gold.
I remember seeing the devil appear in the middle of the house, and he started destroying everything in sight. But, the only object that I really remember him destroying is the computer.
Now, here's my thoughts on it:
I think this dream means that the world is blind. They can't see the battle between good VS evil because our focus isn't of anything "Spiritual" We often worry about what next fancy thing we need to have to be "happy." (I think this is what the gold bathroom means)
We need to open up our eyes. Satan's army is sneaky. They lie. They deceive. They get you hooked on the wrong things.
This world is full of sin, and just the internet world is awful. Google the word "porn" and you get
219,000,000 results. Google the word "sex" and you get 96,600,000 results. Google "gay pornography" and you get 16,700,000 results. It's everywhere! Satan is seeking the ruin of souls, and the internet is the perfect way to do it. Trust me.
This is a perfect way to commit a grave sin. And not only you are comitting a grave sin, but the other person is as well.
The internet is probably the biggest trap. In my dream, it was not the devil destroying the computer. He was destroying the souls that are trapped "inside the computer".
"The attack has a much better chance of success when the man's whole inner world is drab and cold and empty." (The Screwtape Letters- Chapter 9)
This is why it's important to stay close to God through frequent prayer, frequent confession, and frequent Holy Communion. Cars need gas to run, correct? Our soul needs spiritual food and knowledge, otherwise it will wither away because the enemy will grasp onto it.
In my dream, an angel defeated Satan. I believe this is a sign that if you choose to stay close to Jesus, Mary, and all the Saints....the enemy will be defeated. Heaven always wins. Always.
Rule: Do not let yourself get bored! It is when we are bored, we sin. We seek excitment.
There are plenty of ways to keep busy, without sinning. Just going outside for a walk helps.
I enjoy baking bread, personally. I also enjoy writing. I suggest listening to gregorian chant at some point every day. It's spiritual music and prayer for the soul. It's uplifting, yet sad at the same time. It brings peace, and allows your mind to focus only on God.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Bishops"= Religious men and women.
"Knights"= The angels and Saints
"Pawns"=Regular people that are faithful.
Black (evil) team:
"Queen"= The devil's servant.
(eg: What Wormwood was to Screwtape)
"King"= The devil.
"Pawns"=Those that deny Christ.
"Rooks"= The sin in this world.
In the beginning of time...
God created the angels. A certain angel, who went by the name of Lucifer, was the highest angel in Heaven. Until he got greedy, and prideful. He wanted to be above God. This caused a battle between Heaven and Hell. An angel who now is very popular and well known, defeated Lucifer. He goes by the name of St. Michael the Archangel. Lucifer was cast into hell along with those that decided to follow him. Lucifer is now the "prince of darkness". The one that "seeks the ruin of souls". The "devil". "Satan".
Fast forwarding a bit..
God created a man, and a woman. Adam and Eve. They were told by God to not to eat the fruit off of this tree. But, they did. They were tricked and deceived by Satan himself. He worked in his sly ways to make it seem "okay". Because of their fall we have to endure the pain and suffering in this world. We have to endure evil.
I know the evil in this world is there. The Pope says we are living in a culture of death, and it's true. Death because there's so much evil and hatred in this world. So much hatred for human life. Abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, etc. Once you give the big "okay!" to all of this, then it's suddenly okay to kill random people that are simply living out of the womb! It's okay to murder. It's okay to bully innocent people. We have no respect for people any more! And don't say you are "pro-choice". That's just a liberal term to water down what you really are. You're pro-death. I understand there are those that "claim" they are pro-life, but "respect the freedom of choice".
Again, what choice? The choice to kill? Yes, how lovely. Did you ask the baby if they wanted to die? When I hear people say they are "pro-choice" I know which battle they are fighting in.
They are fighting in Hell's army. And these are the people that make me cry.
How I mourn the loss of good for these people. It makes me sick. It makes me cry.
Satan has blinded many, unfortunately. And, even worse, many of them are "Catholics". I put Catholics in quotations because these "Catholics" that vote for Obama, don't go to Mass, use birth control, etc. Are making ALL of us look like fools. And the perfect example for this is VP Joe Biden.
St. John Vianney said it perfectly- "You cannot please both God and the world at the same time, They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions."
This is not what the church has taught us.
As Catholics, it is our obligation to vote pro-life. End of story.
Even if you don't agree with the person on other things.
If we don't fight in this spiritual battle, who will?
If the Catholics just end up not caring, the devil will win.
Birth control and abortion has killed off GENERATIONS and it's damaging the Catholic Church.
People are worried about the world being "over populated". Haha. People die all the time! God wouldn't let the world get over populated. We are UNDER populated now. We are in need of priests, that's how bad things have gotten.
Heaven VS Hell is battling. Constantly. I've seen an angel. I've felt the presence of a demon.
I've seen angels and demons battling in my dreams. Our Lady gave us a powerful weapon to defeat evil. The Rosary. It's a simple prayer. And if you don't know how, you can always google it. You don't even have to say the full Rosary. Just one decade is wonderful.
Mix it up throughout the day. Catholics, stop waving the white flag. You have God on your side. You can help us defeat evil! You can make a difference! Remember, it's God that defeated Satan once before.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Receieve the Sacraments frequently.
- Go to Mass often.
- Pretend like you are sailing a ship. Don't sail in unknown dangerous areas.
- Instead, sail your boat between Jesus and Mary. Let them be the center of things.
This will make it harder on the devil to say "check mate".
I am going to be talking about how to be a hero through suffering.
First of all, suffering is not a bad thing. It can be a wonderful thing depending on how we respond to it. We have a choice to be like Christ, by turning suffering into a good thing, or we can waste it.
Great things can come from suffering, and we have great examples to prove this.
Look at our Blessed Mother, she suffered greatly! If you're like me, and don't really have a strong relationship with Mary, it's never to late to start. Jesus loved His mother, and if we are supposed to be like Christ, then we should love His mother too. Mary holds many graces that she will give to help us if we ask her. We don't have to suffer alone. I think that we should let her help us.
Padre Pio, is another great example of suffering. He carried the wounds of Christ
brought on by the Stigmata.
He has a wonderful motto that we all should live by.
"Pray, hope, and don’t worry."
Pray- That's probably our best solution.
Hope- Is lacking in this world. Hopelessness....despair...confusion...it's all caused by Satan. That's why it's best to hope. To know that things can get better.
Don't worry- Think about it, would Christ put us through something that we couldn't
If you are young, you probably don't have big sufferings, but I'm sure there's little sufferings you have. Maybe it's stuff like.... not being able to get a new gaming system you want.
Or, maybe you are told to go clean your room, but you really don't want to because your favorite TV show is about to start.
If you're in your teen years, things get harder. There will be struggles that you will face, and maybe are facing. They all probably have to do with friends, stuff going on at school, relationships, temptaions of sex. You're not the only one, but you don't have to go through it alone. None of it is hopeless!
Whatever it is, we have the greatest weapon that was given to us. The Rosary. Padre Pio was never without his Rosary. He constantly prayed. I've noticed that when I pray the Rosary I find peace within me
There's little sufferings we can make every day.
For example, your mother tells you to clean your room.
You really don't want to, because your favorite show is about to start.
You can disobey and say "not right now"
Or you can do what you're told, but complain about it. --In this case, suffering is a waste.
Or, you can offter it up for anything you wish.
Suffering a choice. We were never promised that it would be easy, just that it would be worth it. The best way to suffer, is with the man that suffered the most. Jesus Christ. Suffering with him brings more peace and happiness. So, when you're faced with suffering, think about how you really want to react towards it. Do you want to be like Padre Pio, or do you just want to be hopeless and face the situation alone?
I believe we all have a "demon". And by that, I mean a certain "sin" that we are attached to. It seperates us from God. And, the second we seek God, we get sucked back in. We're trapped in chains, and we need to be set free through graces.
Our Lady said:
"These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them.
The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask."
And our Lord and Savior has endless love and mercy for us. We are weak, and we are sinners. We often fall short of His glory. But, God wants us to come to Him with all our struggles and sufferings. He wants to help us. He's our Father, and we are His children. He wants to hold us in His arms. He not only wants to be our Father, but our best friend.
This isn't easy though. Not with all the evil in the world. And once Satan finds your weakness, he'll keep working with that. He'll trick you. He'll decieve you. He'll lie to you. He'll work in his sly ways to seperate you from God.
It's a constant battle. We constantly have to ask for forgivness through the sacrament of reconciliation.
We are involved in a spiritual battle, and hell's army uses big guns. It's hard to survive out there. You have to know your Faith. You have to pray. You have to sail your ship through the two rocks: Mary and Jesus.
The devil will be making the waters rough, but get a firm grasp on the wheel.
Don't let the devil win.
If you keep praying and begging God to set you free of your chains, He will.
I have no doubt of that.