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The Importance of Reading Spiritual Books

The first thing I was going to do was dive right into my spiritual reading list. But it dawned on me that I have to backtrack for just a moment and discuss the importance of spiritual reading.       Did you ever have that good friend that you can always go to for advice? Or when you weren’t even in need of advice, they share their life’s story and journey with you? They tell you what they went through, how they did it, and who helped them along the way. Spiritual reading is like that. You see, when we pray, we talk to God. But when we read, we hear Him talk back to us. Spiritual reading is important for building up a good conscience. To listen to the words of God and to meditate on them. What is even great about spiritual reading is that we have an abundance of writers from Saints to Popes, to theologians to read that will help us on our path the holiness. After all, that is why we read spiritual books — build ourselves up, and to help us on our path to holiness. So now that we have the why sorted out let’s get straight to the how.   How To Read Spiritually   Pick the spiritual book. The most common book is the Bible, but there are many books out there that will help you on your spiritual journey. You don’t have to be a theologian or a philosopher to read these books, spiritual books are found at any (intellectual) level that works for you.  One of the best ways I...

Truth, Freedom, and Relativism

  In New York City, we have veins of subway lines and bus routes that helps you get to where you’re going. While riding on the train or bus, you’re not thinking about the complex system, you are focused on where you have to get and if you’re running late. But, given the chance to freely choose a destination with no time constraints or obligations, your mind begins to see the complete picture of the subway system. Life is very much like this. While you’re in the grind, you are really not as aware of your situation. Yes, you know your alive, but in a way, you are sleeping. Completely unaware of what’s brewing under the surface.   Truth & Freedom   I find that it’s interesting I come to this point after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, since what he (and others)  stood for and died for changed America forever. Our founding fathers declared in the Declaration of Independence, that: ” we hold these truths to be self evident.” Strong words: truth to be self evident. Looking at the founding principles of what freedom is, it is built upon truth. An absolute truth. Truth was: all men were created equal. #Freedom was built on an absolute #truth Click To Tweet Not one was created higher than the other, we are all born babies–helpless. Now we have a growing culture where freedom is separated from truth. That there is no strong foundation where truth will set us free.  Instead, we are living in a world where we openly say, “to each his own.” This is known as relativism.   Why is relativism not such a great thing?...

Remembering Those Before Us

I have so many favorite prayers that I like to pray, or thanks to iTunes, sing to.  One of my favorite ones is the Litany of Saints?  What is so great about the Litany of Saints.  Well, it’s calling on all the Saints to pray for us. Have you met someone who is going through some problems in life (or maybe you are that person).  What is the first thing that we usually say to them, “I’ll pray for you.”  Well, this is like that.   One of my favorite prayers is the Litany of the Saints.  Usually, we recite this prayer during All Saints Day (November 1) and Easter Vigil when new converts enter the Church.     Litany of Saints   The very first time I heard the prayer of the Litany of Saints, it was the night of my conversion back in high school on  Easter Vigil when I too entered and became part of the Catholic family. I can remember that Church I went to had all the lights out and the complete Church was lit only by candle light.  There we (seven of us) knelt, as the congregation called the names of each saint, and ask that they pray for us. Saint Michael, Raphael, Gabriel… names of the saints called one by one; and in my mind I would imagine them taking up post in the Church with us–praying for us.  As we neared to the end of the list, I could honesty feel that there were more than just the congregation in the church with us.  I felt as if each Saint was present with us, as we remembered...

Making Sacrifices as One

Things in my home is starting to get back to normal.  I have been quiet for the past two weeks because my household has been sick.  It seems like one after another, we’re coming down with something (a cold) and we’re out of commission.  Homeschool had to pause for a week, but I thank God everyday that we’re a head and not behind. I am also very thankful that the children are feeling well enough to continue Monday. My household coming down with a cold that required multiple doctor visits (and ended with one with an ear infection), reminded me so much of a Bible passage of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ….” Our little family is one body.  The husband who is the head of the household, the wife is the neck, and the children make up the other various parts of the system.  If one is sick or not able to do its part, then the body suffers.  The head cannot say that it’s of no concern to the pains of the  hands or the foot.  The foot cannot say that issues with the head does  not affect the foot. As one body–one family body–we are all connected.  My family fell ill last week, and firsthand it affected each one of us, starting with the baby and ending with myself.  But I’ve noticed that when one is down we’re all down.  We adjust meals to suit the sick one.  We change our schedules so that...

Year End Reflection 2014

First of all, I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!  Not only do I hope you got everything you needed, but I hope you were able to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season with your family and loved ones. As 2014 comes in to a close, I have plenty of time to think and reflect about where I am headed, what my plans were for this year, and how well did I meet them. In the beginning of this year, I had some very bold plans, not just for online, but for offline as well.  I hoped to have more exposure, and do far more things online as well as off.  What I didn’t expect was the direction that being “bold” was going to take me.  Instead of boldly going where no one has gone before (I had to borrow that from Star Trek), I found myself Boldly going in a direction that I have not foreseen, yet I would never change the direction of my course. I want to say that I wanted to draw more into the world.  That I wanted to do far more things, and partake on may different experiences, but instead I found myself retreating and stepping back.  Not retreating because of being overwhelmed, but retreating to regain my sense of purpose.  It didn’t take that long for me to feel like this.   I’ve mentioned this before in a earlier blog post, that you read enough blogs, and enough opinions that after a while you find yourself losing yourself.  You find that your message becomes the same as everyone else’s.  You start marching to the...
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