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.