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Spiritual Reading: The Imitation of Christ

Spiritual Reading: The Imitation of Christ

I have a lot of Spiritual books on my reading list.  Many of them that I have read already, and some that I am itching to get through.  Each one of these books holds a treasure to change who I am, and lessons to living life to the fullest in the realist way.  While I could have started with anyone of those books, I decided to start with a book that I am reading: The Imitation of Christ. The Imitation of Christ is one of the most widely read devotional over 500 years.  Yup–I said it right, 500 years!  I first came across it by reading a quote in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  All Christians can get something out of this, not only Catholics.  I honesty would say that this text is good for anyone who wants grow their devotion to  Christ.   Learning Detachment   One of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned through this book, is about detachment.  Not just from things around us, but detachment from praise, detachment from our own pride and desires.  Each and every single false attachment we have to things (and sometimes people) makes us less attached to God.  So for instance, if you’re always wondering what other people what think of you, maybe you won’t go out there and share the truth because you don’t want anyone to think that you are crazy. To sum it up, there is a sort of self-death that happens to us when we truly become disciples of Christ.     Discerning Desires   Desires (I think) is one of the greats things that leads us...
3 R’s For Meditating On Scripture

3 R’s For Meditating On Scripture

  I find that I am always interested in improving myself when it comes to meditating on scripture.  I’ve used so many different methods but this one seems to help me the most.  Of course, my hope that you will be helped by this method as well.  Here are the 3R’s to meditating on Scripture.   Read   I know right?  It’s the most obvious step, but it does begin with reading the Bible.  When started Bible meditation, some say start with the Gospels, other says the Book of John.  I didn’t follow either one, I started in Genesis.  Which ever you decide to start with, the main important thing to do is start.  Pray to the Holy Spirit to help you.  There are countless times that I have stopped mid-read to ask for guidance.  I also pray to get out of my scripture reading what the Holy Spirit wants me to get out of it, and not what I want it say.   Reflect You read until something reach something that pops out at you.  This passage, phrase, quote will grab your attention and this is where you will stop reading.   Re-read the passage.   Try to stop and every word and get as much out of it as you possibly can.   Think about why this passage stuck out at you.  What is going on in your life that makes this passage stand out to you. All these things are taken into account when reflecting on Scripture.  What grabs your attention may not be the same thing that grabs someone else.  This part of Scripture stopped YOU...

Sunday Prayer for Peace

  Have you turned on the news lately, and felt like there was just no peace?  I’ve heard through the inter web that it looks like we’re headed (or in) World War III.  Now, that could be an ever exaggeration–to us.  However, I cannot imagine what it’s like for people to live in conflict areas.  To them, this is no imagination at all.  What we can gather, is that there is a lack of peace in our world.  In the United States, we have unrest and protests.  Meanwhile, in Syria and Iraq we have militant forces destroying the quality of life.  Finally, the conflict of Israel and the Gaza Strip, we have two groups constantly fighting and shelling out rockets in each other’s direction. Now, every nation is going to have their own problems–we get that.  But there is something to note when so much is happening around us  that it will affect the locations that we go, or even what words to say.   No wonder someone can feel like it’s a global war happening!  This Sunday, I hope that you join me in my prayer for peace. It is obvious that we as a Nation, as a Society, and as members of this world in this very moment need it.     Dear Lord, There has been so much going on in the news lately.  Locally and internationally, that it leaves many of us confused, some angry and others bitter.  We ask Lord that you send down your Holy Spirit and touch people’s hearts and minds so that there will be peace among each other. We pray for...
Sunday Prayer: Knowing My Limit

Sunday Prayer: Knowing My Limit

    Dear Lord, You have taught valuable lessons this week. Through you, I have learned that I should just walk away from negative people. They take too much from me, and leave me empty at the end of the day. Without doing so, I leave my family empty and wanting me whole. I looked for guidance, and you graciously sent me a stranger. This stranger taught me that I was important in my life (of course You will always be first). Not only have this person helped me get out of my funk, but he also helped me realize that I have to help me get out of my funk. Thank you Lord for giving me the strength to be a living example for my daughter. By showing my daughter a range of healthy emotions, she will learn that it is okay to feel  sad, happy, or mad. I look forward to the new week and all the new lessons you have to teach. Amen. This post was originally published July 30, 2011. Minor edits on Sept, 3,...

Friday Fast Is Not Only During Lent

  Lent is one of my favorite times of the year.  Yes, it’s a time to purge ourselves and get closer to Christ, renounce our sins, and most of all, await Easter Sunday after experiencing Good Friday.  There is nothing more positive that shows a great beginning to a troubling journey.  But did you know that the absence of meat on Friday’s is not only during Lent? But I’ll be honest about something, I’m still learning the rich and deep aspects of our Faith everyday.  Also, while learning some traditions that may have been lost or forgotten, I am stumbling on them and find that they enrich my week, months, and years. One of the traditions that I have come across not too long ago was the fasting from meat on Fridays.  One would think that this was common knowledge, but no where was this discussed or even talked about.  Far as I knew, we had to fast on Fridays during Lent only. Well according to Code of Canon Law: CHAPTER II. Days of Penance Can.  1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.   Can.  1250 The penitential days and times in the...

Calumny and Why We Should Not Engage In It

  One of the most overlooked wrongs in this time is the sin of calumny.  This is also known as backbiting, talking behind someone’s back, gossiping, and telling stories (even if they are true) to ruin the reputation of their neighbor.  I think this has to be one of the most easiest sin to commit, and yet one of the hardest sins to break.  A person can be free of all other vices, but still manage to suffer from this one.  So, let’s get into what this is, and how it can be damaging. All of this is an offense the 8th Commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” What is Calumny? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Detractor and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one’s neighbor.  Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to honor of his name and reputation and to respect.  Thus detraction and calumny offends against the virtues of justice and charity. (2479). Meaning, that anything that we say about another person reputation, even if it is the truth, will be harming their honor and good name.  We destroy that person’s reputation by sharing information about that person that the other party was not made aware of. How does this behavior causes us to lose respect for our neighbor? Rash judgment — When we draw conclusions about a person’s motives and assume them as true, without all the information necessary to draw that conclusion. Detractions — without a valid reason, disclose another person’s fault and failings to another person who did not...
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