Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Change

The seasons are changing. In the Northern hemisphere Plain Catholics are busy planting their gardens. In the Southern hemisphere Plain Catholics are harvesting their gardens. This life is full of change and full of hope for the future.

God never changes. He loves us eternally. Let's persevere in our discipleship walk with Him and never lose faith, hope and charity.
Benedicamus Domino!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Taming of the Tongue

The temptation is great to be a nation of opinions rather than actions. Twitter, Instagram and other social media encourages us in the vanity and pride of our own opinions.

Scripture and the Saints teach us that we give witness to Christ by the charity and kindness of our deeds; not the vanity of our words/opinions. Here are just a few pieces of many Scripture references that emphasize this fact. It would be good to spend this Lenten season in the study of Scripture and forming the beautiful habit of listening to the Lord instead being a "noisy gong" as St. Paul calls it.

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When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.

1 Corinthians 13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

James 3 
Taming the Tongue
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind, but no human being can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening fresh water and brackish? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. 18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is your focus?

When you are at a social event or out and about, what do you focus upon with other people?

The entertainments?
What people are wearing?
The conversations?
Seeing God in others?
Whether someone is needing to have a listening ear?
Assisting the host or hostess?

When out and about and distracted, much of one's personal current spiritual level and growth is revealed when one is caught off guard.

It is easy to fall back into old judgmental habits about others such as being the fashion police or gossiping about others. This Lent, please consider conquering the habit of policing the clothing fashions and gossiping. Getting into better habits of holy attitudes is always a worthwhile effort.

Try this

Or this 



Not this.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

He is coming: Advent

Advent is our time of preparation to celebrate Christ's Birth and also to anticipate His Second Coming to bring us into His Kingdom. Let us prepare for Him by relearning and practicing the Virtues of our Faith, the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Man's Vocation: Life in the Spirit: The Dignity of the Human Person: The Virtues.
Question 390: What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? 
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are perfections formed in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. 
The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them:
  • charity
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • generosity
  • gentleness
  • faithfulness
  • modesty
  • self-control, and
  • chastity (Galatians 5:22-23, Vulgate)
CCC #1832
Let us seek to become more like Jesus in this quiet time of waiting.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Tapestry

The Tapestry

The world and Life will often frustrate us when we discover we are not in control after all, be it of our own lives or the lives of others. Grief, discouragement, and failure flummox our plans.

There is an insight that surfaces from time to time from those who seek to comfort the beset individual:

Life is like a tapestry that is large, beautiful, and intricate. In this life we can only see the tapestry from the back. All of the dark colors and loose threads seem chaotic and incoherent, making no sense. When we die and meet God He turns the tapestry over and we can finally see the design woven in beauty and balance. 

I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. Jeremiah 29:11

It is not in our plans that we can trust. Rather, let us cling to God’s Will and His Divine plan for us all.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Praying

We arise and we pray.
We work and we pray.
We go to bed and pray.
A day hemmed in prayer does not unravel as a popular saying tells us.

Prayer is powerful; sacrifice and prayer is the most powerful force in human history according to St. John Paul II.

Why is it so simple and yet so hard to do? Is it because we feel the need to see results? Prayers can take years to be answered but pray we must. Perseverance and patience in prayer is an alliterative way to remember this.

So let us persevere in prayer and not be swayed by pressure to see results. To paraphrase some adverts:
Prayer: don't leave home without it.
Have you prayed today?
Got prayer?
Just do it.


Matthew 5:16 So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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