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A Closer Look At The Deadly Seven – Introduction

Do you remember when the movie Seven came out?  I think I was still in junior high, but I was drawn to this movie and watched it several times (yes even at that young age).  To think and to learn that there are seven vices that are usually the root to all sin (or evil doing) in this world, and we knew about them all along.   A new mini series that I will be starting on my blog is a deeper look at the Seven Deadly Sins, and I’m going to share them with you in a different way.  The movie Seven showed us the most common themes associated with these sins, but what if I told you there are other kinds of vices that goes with each sin? The past few weeks I have been offline doing a ton of reading, and found this journey pretty humbling.  Like any good student, I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the information I have learned. In case you don’t remember, the seven deadly sins are the following: Pride Anger Envy Lust Avarice (also known as Greed) Gluttony Sloth Before I begin this series next week, I want to share that while this series is taking a deeper look into these vices, we will also expand our minds and grow.  The point of sharing this different point of view about these Seven, is to offer a different perspective so that we can all become better people, and understand where our weakness are, and how we can try to overcome them.  This reminds me of the verse:   From everyone who has been given...

Sunday Prayer For Ebola Victims

I’m sure that you have heard about what is going on in the world. Whole communities are being changed as loved ones are falling ill and dying to the deadly virus of Ebola. A few days ago, we learned that a man who recently traveled to that area of the world went to emergency room seeking help. He is now receiving care and they are closely monitoring his progress as well as everyone who he came in contact with. My mind cannot help but think about families being torn apart and communities decimated by this virus. My heart is grieving for the children who are sick and dying of this virus while they don’t understand what is happening.  For every parent to bury a child.  For every motherless baby.  My heart bleeds. I ask that all of you join me in prayer. Prayer   Dear Heavenly Father, Today we offer this prayer up for those who are sick and dying. Every day, we uncover the horrors of the Ebola virus, and the damage it is doing to countries beyond us. We know that we are not isolated in the world, and what is happening there, can happen here. For all those who will not make it past this night, we pray for their souls to find peace. For all those who are newly diagnosed, we pray they will recover if it is according to Your will. For the workers on the front lines, and taking care of the ill, we ask for their protection. All things are possible through you. If it is your will, please help man find a...

Reflections: Mourning

This week has been a somber week for me.  Thursday, we remembered the victims of September 11, 2001.  Most of us remember who we were with, and where we were at the time of the attack.  For me, I’m always taken back “there” emotionally.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since the attack. What makes this week somber for my family, is that 6 years later–after the attack on the twin towers–my father passed away.  That would be today,  September 14th. I would be lying if I said that time had passed and I’m no longer affected by it–but that would be a lie.  I am reminded of my father’s presence and his gifts everyday that I wake up, and every night that I lay my head down. Just like the Church has a calendar of events: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost…, we too have a calendar of life.  We remember when our children were born.  We celebrated their first tooth erupting, and we cry when they lose their baby teeth–a symbol of growing older. Life consists of celebration, anticipation, mourning, and loss.  Through our calendar we add new things to the list, and remove things that no longer “apply.”   A Lesson from Grief  Grief is one feeling that we don’t like to talk much about.  We don’t like to talk about how it makes us feel, and we certainly don’t want to talk to someone who is grieving.  In our “polite” society, it’s just not done! But grief is an important feeling that we should ever over look.  Mourning, and crying, is like the...

Lord, Grant Me Your Grace

  In our lives, we all have someone who we either walked away from, or who walked away from us.  Maybe our beliefs were different, or maybe because we have grown in a different direction. Which ever it is, we neither communicate or see each other anymore. This reminds me of loved ones that I have had to pleasure to know growing up (who have long since passed) or people who I grew up with who went a different way from me.  I’m especially thinking about those who have lost their faith due to trials of their lives. Some turned away because the cross they bear is too heavy for them, or they fear the loss of love by the one who they are with, so they let go of the only true love that they will ever know. For those facing hardships of life — I want to tell them we are never alone through the trials and hardships of this life.  That while we don’t see it, we are always supported by Jesus, and His love.  He would never give us more than what we can take.  Yes it’s hard, believe me, I have my own trials I have, currently, and will go through, but during these trials, we should strengthen our bond to our Lord, not weaken it. For those turning their backs on (knowing and unknowingly) their faith — Our flesh is weak.  If we go by everything that we want, we know we will never be satisfied.  Some fear loneliness, and the comfort of another’s arms, but that is not the love that God wants for us.  Love...

Sunday Reflections and Prayer: Work

I’ve always loved to learn something new, I loved how my mind was able to think and turn out new ideas, with just a simple statement. One can only hope that I get older, I would enjoy learning complex ideas, and spend some time meditating on it. At least I hope. But this week, I found myself giving my daughter a home school pep talk. It’s was Friday, and we were practicing handwriting once again. It’s not her favorite subject since she likes to do her own thing. However, it finally dawned on me what all of this was about. When we finally break it down on what school is, and what learning is, it’s the knowledge transfer from one person to the next. It’s not just saying that you have to learn this subject, it’s mainly me telling her in different words, that I love her so much, I’m sharing my mind with her. I’m sharing with her my knowledge, and her father and grandmother are doing the same because we love her and her brother so much, that we want the best for them. Yes, homeschooling is a sacrifice. We miss out on a lot of things around us, but I have no regrets.  The rewards are so worth it.  The prep-talk that she did get from me was that her work was not a testament on how well she can do, but on how thankful we are. How thankful we are to in a position to home school, how thankful we are for her learn from her parents, in an environment that will encourage and foster that knowledge. Her practicing...

Social Injustice: Perishing Together As Fools

It’s hard not to hear and read what has gone on in the news lately. There has been a lot of talk, demonstrations, and hashtags about the inequality that has gone on in our country.  The truth is: these inequalities are not new.  They have been in our society since we were a society.   I was reluctant  to add my voice to the voices of others, but I feel I cannot stay quiet on this matter.   The Founding Principles of This Country   Thinking back to history classes, this country was built with the follow ideas, that a person is entitled to: life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.  After all, these were rights that was given to man by God.  Perhaps somewhere, there is an asterisk or a footnote in part of the Declaration of Independence, because by the way it looks, clearly it did not mean all people.     Life   Our lives are so unique. From the moment we are conceived then born, we know that there has never been person like us, and will never be another person like us ever again. That in itself makes life a gift. Since we were chosen to walk this earth, we are entitled to live our lives. Not many of us makes the best of it, but we are free to choose to live our life the way we see fit. However, we are not entitled to remove each other from their life. Our life is ours and ours alone, and no one has the right to take that away. It’s a shame that we live in a country where all the care is...
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