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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...

The Problem With Envy

Tel me if you have ever been in this situation: You are struggling.  You are trying to have everything together all the time buy you are always falling short.  You look over at your friend (be it online or in real life) and it always seem like they have it together.  The best houses, the best clothes, the best behaved children.  The more you look at their lives, and other people in your similar situation, you become dissatisfied, and begin wishing to have what they have.     That my dear friends is what envy is about: Envy: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.   From A Child’s Perspective   I love teaching the Ten Commandments to my children, and while doing so, I also realize that it’s an ongoing process.  Even though learning about religion is very important to me, I like to make sure that they understand the commandments in a way that they will understand. Envy is explained to children as wanting the good things that other people have–like toys or treats or things like that. Of course it’s easy to explain things in a way that a child could get it according to their wants and desires, but it’s easy to over look ourselves when we are reviewing it.   Why We Easily Forget   Sometimes, I think we forget about this commandment, because it’s easier felt.  Let’s think about this, whenever we are feeling envious of others around us we begin to feel uneasy.  Like we know something is lacking, and we wonder if we are...

Back To School Prayer

With everything that has been going on, I have missed my Sunday prayers on the weekend.  I am glad to have this moment to share my prayers with you.  I truly enjoy sharing my prayers with you, and I hope that you can find some comfort in them. This Sunday, my prayer is especially for the children.  Many of them started school, and others will begin in September, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t say a prayer for them!  Please join me in my prayer.   Dear Lord, Thank you for the wonderful summer that many of us had.  Thank you for a chance for us to reconnect with our children, and truly see how they have blossomed under the care of teachers throughout the year. We ask you Lord, that You continue to watch over our children as they start a new school year.  Please keep Your loving arms around them and help them know the differences between right and wrong.  As well as when to be leader or a follower. As their parents, we know that our job is to guide them on Your path, so we ask that You help us teach them a good example by living out Your word. For some of us who children are older, we ask that You watch over their comings and goings....
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