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Would The Real Saint Nicholas Please Stand Up

  I look back on some of my older posts, and I laugh to myself about myself about how I was going to defend or refute the infamous Santa Clause.  I laugh because while I am  always seeking truth, I didn’t want to lie to my children in the name of a holiday tradition. nor did I want to take the fun out of the season by saying he’s not real. A few years ago, I came to the beautiful conclusion on how to handle it, and this year we are just taking it further.   The Catholic Bishop   Not many people are aware of this but Saint Nicholas  (15 March 270 – 6 December 343)  was a Catholic bishop around the year 300AD. He is also known as the patron Saint for children. He also loved to hand our gifts to children. The story goes: There was a man who had three daughters who wanted to get married, but he had no money. He was going to sell them into slavery (I know right!) but Nicholas saw this, and him being very wealthy, he waited for them to fall asleep and left money for them by the chimney. Of course this is such a simplified story, but you can read more about him here (in better details).   The Feast Day   December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas. That means it’s a special day to hide little treats or candy in stockings for little kids. By the way, the tradition of the stockings by the chimney also comes from Saint Nicholas! This year, we are separating...
Getting What I Think I Needed

Getting What I Think I Needed

  Have you ever told yourself that if you just got that one item everything would be better? You feel like your whole well-being was wrapped up into purchasing, or consuming that item. You build that item,  look forward to that item and end up coveting that item. But when you finally get that item, yeah, you’re excited for that moment, but then the excitement wears off, and you are just left with that item looking forward to consume and covet something else.  We all know it, yet we all fall prey to the same idea.  Sadly, it becomes a vicious cycle, until we learn what will really make us happy.   Knowing True Joy Lately, I have been thinking about “joy” that we surround around items–things. I’ve been thinking about the minor things that can make or break a day, and try to understand what are my breaking points.  However, no matter how far I look, and how much I can say that something is not right, I cannot help but remember how well off I am. Every time I say to myself, “Ohh, I can totally be happy with….” I know that it’s only for the moment.  And I’ll be completely honest, there is no real happiness that we can have surrounded by things.  It took years to figure out that it doesn’t matter about the model of my camera.  What nail polish I have, how many books that I have on my book shelf.  True happiness, for me,  is tied with my love for Christ, and knowing that I am a child of God. Life is so much...
A Closer Look At The Deadly Seven – Anger

A Closer Look At The Deadly Seven – Anger

This post was originally posted on Oct. 20, 1014, and added to the #WorthRevisit linkup hosted by Theology is a Verb, and Reconciled to You.       Welcome back to my mini series.  Last week, I discussed Pride.  If you haven’t read it yet, you should jump over there and take a look at it.  If you want to take a look at all post for this series, you can start with the Introduction. This week, I plan on looking at anger.  Now, I’ve talked about anger before on this blog.  But today, I’m going to try to look at it from a different perspective. What is Anger?   an·ger ˈaNGɡər/ noun a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. synonyms: rage, vexation, exasperation, displeasure, crossness, irritation, irritability, indignation, pique; More antonyms: pleasure, good humor So what’s wrong with anger?  Well, nothing by itself.  Actually, angry is a very normal emotion.  The catch is the passion of anger that we’re usually caught up with.  That is when we usually go from being angry to doing something in anger. For example, someone can cut you off in line, and yup, that would make me angry too, but it’s how we choose to redress an evil then it becomes a sin.  Why? you wonder…well, if we don’t work through our angry and seriously calm ourselves, then our angry can and will lead us towards hatred, resentment, and the desire for revenge.   The Sins of Anger   The sins of anger are the following: hatred, revenge, impatience, denial of the truth to others and self, self-righteousness, and desiring to harm others.  To be quite honest,...

The Deadly Seven — Lust

  If Wednesday is the hump day of the week, then Lust is the hump sin of the series — okay,  bad joke.  You can check out the rest of the Deadly Seven, by clicking here for the list. Moving right along now, Lust.  Most of us have a pretty good idea what Lust is.  I mean, we see it talked about a lot, and in our society that is a sexual society, it’s hard not to know it.   What is Lust?   The dictionary defines lust as: Very strong sexual desire: he knew that his lust forher had returned. • [ in sing. ] a passionate desire for something: a lust for power.    Other Forms of Lust   Using Someone To Get What We Want.  Yes, lust is usually defined in the sexual definition, but even in the basic definition of lust we can use someone to get what we want.  It may not be sexual, however, we sometimes make friends with people because of what they can offer us, not what we both can bring to the table.  At this point, we don’t see them as a person but as an object to get what we want.   Not all lust is sexual; using other people to get ahead is lust too. Click To Tweet   Lust In Marriages   Lust or Desire?  I think in our society we are very confused with the idea of lust and desire.  Lust, satisfies itself.  There is no greater meaning for it, since it starts and ends with itself.  So lust can enter a marriage if all we think about is what our spouse can do for us.  If our thoughts primarily focus on our own pleasure then it is indeed lust....

Getting Through the Trials of Life

  Something happened to me recently that made me question so many things in my life–the easiest way to say it, is that it was a trial. I ended up questioning my purpose, the reason I’m here, and even the sacrifices that I have made over the years for the family. This event has shaken me to the core, and I’m still recovering from it.   My many distractions…   Now, writing on my blog is a great comforter. I can get lost in the words, and try not to deal with the issue at hand. In fact, it was the great distractions I had, but suddenly I couldn’t log into my blog to write—I can only view it as read only. This persisted for weeks, as I couldn’t post, edit, or do anything online to my blog.  The only thing I could do is to just sit there and watch it.  Many times, I found myself just going back to older posts just to read what I wrote. Who would have thought that my many words would give me comfort for the trials I face today.     Not being able to access the admin of my blog caused me to face the issue that was a problem head on. I couldn’t retreat into something else to take away hurt and pain, instead I had to deal with it, and not run from it. I could have lost hours online, but that is not where I turn to when I need to sort through emotions.  In many ways I just felt stuck, with no choice but to face the elephant in the...
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