“It is Jesus, in fact, that you seek when you dream of happiness. He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”—-Beautiful, Thanks Dennis!”—Pope John Paul II (via whydoikeepcounting)
“In whatever state a soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer. AMEN!”— St. Faustina (via gracebagnas)
“When they lead you away and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are say. "But say whatever will be given to you at that hour. For it will not be you are speaking but the Holy Spirit…"You will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”—Mark 13: 11,13
To live in accordance with the Will of God. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? But oh, how difficult it truly is. For where does one begin when considering what God’s will is in your life. Jesus himself gave us the greatest prayer there is, “The Our Father”…Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done…On earth as it is in Heaven. How many times I have said this but not really thought about what it means. After all, we are also told that God has given us Free Will. That means we are free to choose what we will or will not do. The problem is that once you begin developing a closer relationship with God, you soon discover that your will just isn’t as important as it once seemed.
I love chocolate. But, I also know that I have a tendency to over do it with the sweets. I also love to shop. But, do I really need a new purse or shoes? It’s a choice I have to make. Do I go on stuffing myself with sweets, or do I use that money I would have spent on someone in need? God has a way of making you ask these questions of yourself. Whereas before, I would make decisions on my own or after consulting with a trusted friend, I now find myself seeking the approval of Our Lord. And just who prompts me to seek out the Lord’s approval? Well, he does, in the person of the Holy Spirit. It’s not so much in words as it is in the tugging at your heart. He has a way of making you stop and think about what the consequences are of your action or inaction.
Learning to submit to the will of God is not easy. He doesn’t always seem to take our best interests into consideration. Why can’t we hold a grudge? Why do I have to love my enemy? What’s wrong with cheating, a little? Well, it smudges our souls. And you can’t get to heaven with a dirty soul! So, maybe, just maybe, God has our best interests at heart. We can’t always know what our Yes to the Lord may bring. Look at what happened to our Blessed Mother when she said Yes! It requires a tremendous leap of faith to trust in the Lord’s will for us. That’s not to say that we are anywhere near the level of Our Most Holy Mother. God love us all, that much is true. He wants us to live with Him in Paradise! Now isn’t that worth the little yes’s we give Him now and again? And how much more will he reward us when we are able to say Yes with every breath? God Bless brothers and sisters! Shalom! :)