How sad this is, that a preacher in another country is facing execution for upholding his Christian faith, while ours are slowly trampling and compromising on that same faith. God have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on U.S. and the whole world….
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But sore up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, no thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
Taken from Magnificat, morning prayers.
Just a little something to ponder, as we commemorate the Feast of St. Vincent De Paul. God Bless, Shalom!
Getting tired of all these porn sites hitting up my posts…Now I understand that this is unfiltered and such, but, come one, peeps, have some respect! It may seem fun to poke fun at Christian/Catholic values, but, what your really doing is hating on God! May God Bless you and instill within you a compassionate heart! Peace out!
I don’t know about you, but, I like going to confession now. I didn’t use to, of course. I thought it was a big waste of time. I can talk to God, myself, right? Plus, I haven’t killed anyone or committed any of the other deadly sins yet. Well, what I’ve discovered is that this sacrament, and it is a sacrament, is as important to your soul as going to Mass and receiving Communion. I find it to be akin to getting a tune-up, an oil change of sorts for my soul. The priest, embodying Christ, takes your offenses (sins) and applies an applicable penance. This gives the soul time to reflect and make a conscious decision to “sin no more”. Now being human, as we are, it’s often hard to not sin once we leave the confessional. We are prone to evil thoughts and evil deeds. We are self-centered, self-serving and self-indulgent. It takes hard work and determination to take a Christ-like view of the world. However, with the gift of confession, our sins are wiped away. We become pure and unblemished, even if it’s just for a brief moment. We are bestowed the grace of holiness and of closer union with Our Lord…So, why not make this regular habit? At least once per month or more. It certainly won’t hurt you and it will only make you stronger (in faith). Repent and believe the good news, Heaven is attainable! For our Lord, who is all Love, all Mercy and all Goodness truly seeks our best interests…Eternal life with HIM! AMEN! God Bless and Peace be with you! :)
Oh, that today you would hear His voice; Harden not your hearts…
Pray brothers and sisters, that if today, yes, this very moment you were too hear the Lord’s voice, you would harden not your heart. For the principalities of this world would be quick to dissuade you and tell you that it is not He. But, if it were, would you want to dismiss Him. For His ways are not as our ways and He often chooses the most unlikely of us to become his messengers. Pray for the gift of discernment, and succumb to the way of the Lord…
TO LOVE AND TO BE LOVED, now that it one of the greatest gifts our Lord has bestowed on us. Let us not forget that we have the capacity to love others as He so loved us and that it’s ok to accept love from others and to love yourself just a bit
Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle. A talkative soul will never attain sanctity. the sword of silence will cut off everything that would like to cling to the soul. We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God’s will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God. It lives almost always under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God works in a silent soul without hindrance.
Words from St. Faustina on attaining a closer relationship with God, Notebook 1, entry 477.
Sounds so simple but yet, it is so difficult to attain. Help me Lord in quieting my heart and soul to better hear your Holy Words…AMEN!
When I was younger, I didn’t like going to church very much. I felt that it was boring and completely out of touch with what I was going through and the world around me. But I went, mostly because I was force to go by my parents, and not by choice. So when the time came that I actually had a choice, you better believe I opted out. It’s not that I stopped believing in God or in the church in general, I just didn’t think I got much out of it. Boy, was I wrong….
As my relationship with the Lord has strengthened, my appreciation of all the Catholic Church has to offer has dramatically increased. For that matter, my appreciation for the various forms of worship has also increased whether it be Catholic, Christian, Evangelical, Jewish; we all have our methods of prayer and thanksgiving. I now find so much solace in attending Mass that I try to go as often as I can. It isn’t always easy to balance an active prayer life with your social and work life. But, thanks be to God there’s always a way. So, how surprised was I today to find that my church was not going to have their usual 1st Friday mass, but instead was going to have a “service”.
The reason the church secretary gave for not having Mass heard today was that there were no priests available. How can that be, I asked. We have two full time priests, one retired, and always have visiting priests staying in our rectory. Well, I was told, the priests had all had said three masses today and could do no more. The “service” to be held would be conducted by a Deacon. Now, I don’t have a problem with deacons per se, assisting during Mass, my own uncle is one. But, I do have a problem with expecting my church to hold a Mass, when it is only once a month, to instead having a “service”.
I know there is a shortage of priests in many parts of the world and in our own country, but, so far it hasn’t affected me personally. Is this a sign of things to come? Having developed such an affinity for the solemnity and the Spirit of the Mass, I have come to realize that there is so much more to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist than I can possibly explain. I only know that going to Mass more than once a week has given me strength, peace and fulfillment to get through trying days at work, cope with life’s little surprises and fill me up with a sense of peace and love so that I want to experience it more and more.
So, I’ll continue to go to Mass as often as I can. And I’ll pray for our priests and for more vocations to the priesthood. And maybe I’ll just have to get up a little earlier in the day…because the next time I expect to go to an afternoon Mass and find that there is none…I may have to take it up with a higher power…but, wait a minute, I already did. And I think he told me to stick to my convictions. Mass should only be said by a priest and don’t accept anything less…God Bless, Shalom! :)