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Sanctify The Day: Liturgy of The Hours

It’s been a  while since I mentioned a spiritual book to read, but today I’m going to share with you two!   Almost a year ago, while I was reading, a phrase came across the page that I was not aware of.  The author mentioned a prayer of the Church– The Liturgy of the Hours.  I had no idea what it was, or how to pray it but I was deeply intrigued.  After a few clicks of my fingers to Google, I found Divine Office.org and I haven’t looked back since. (This is not so much for those who are already praying the Liturgy of the Hours, but to talk to those who may not know anything about it, or who wants to know more.  Also, my personal reasons for praying it.)   What is it?   Liturgy of the Hours is the official prayer of the Church.  This prayer is to sanctify the day and remind us our greater goal.  I think it’s a great way to reflect on the morning, and see what it is that I can do, to make sure that the rest of the day passes away mindfully. As a stay at home mom, there are plenty of times to “lose my cool,” since I also home school, it can by trying at times.  What I love about breaking up my afternoon by praying (especially while the kids are present) because they see that my strength is not by “me” alone.  I know I need help and God’s grace to get through the day.   Children learn to pray by watching their parents. Click To Tweet If there was anything that...

Repenting Like Pharaoh?

I’ve been on an Exodus kick these past few days at home. I think there is so much to learn from all the Books of the Bible, but I must admit that Exodus has to be my favorite book.    There are several passages that catches my eyes, but now this one struck me: Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said to them, “I have sinned this time! The LORD is the just one, and I and my people are the ones at fault. (‭Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭27‬ NABRE)   Pharaoh has seen what God can do so far and seeing his people suffering and for a moment he’s humbled.  When things are not going our way, are we like this?  Are we humbled and brought to our knees in bad times?  It is easier to admit when we’ve done wrong when it’s obvious that something went wrong. But what happens when things improve?   But Pharaoh, seeing that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, sinned again and became obstinate, both he and his servants. (‭Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭30, 34‬ NABRE)   Like us, when things pick up we forget everything that we did wrong. We forget about our sins and live life on the high road.  Pharaoh reminds me about being repentant. I ask myself, when I am humbled, and acknowledge that I did something wrong, is that coming from the heart, or is it a knee jerk reaction. Like saying: I’m sorry could be.  When I say that I am sorry for my sins, do I feel it? It’s it something that I have deep sorrow over? Do I...

Testing the limits of Patience

How many of use use excuses to not do the things that we are supposed to do? How many of us use the excuse of what we don’t have as a reason why we can’t do anything? If you are like me, then the answer is: too often.

Over A Cliff

Scandal fans know that Olivia Pope’s team will follow her in any direction that she would lead.  If they object to it, they raise their concerns, but like good friends, they fall in line because they believe in her vision.  In light of Christianity, are you willing to go over a cliff?   Being a disciple of Christ, we were never meant to just “fall in line” with what’s going on in the world.  Our actions must always profess truth and speak of truth.  If we turn for one moment away from this then: If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 1 John1:6 Truth is easy to follow if everyone, and including laws uphold it.  It’s easy to step in line and follow the laws.  We have a moral duty to be honorable to just civil laws. (Notice the emphasis on just) But what happens when laws that are passed are contrary to truth.  Are we then, as disciples of Christ, expected to go against our faith to “go with the flow?”  The honest answer to that is no.  Look at some of the hottest issues of our time: Gay marriage and abortion (still a hot topic after 40 years).     Walking The Line   Going back to the quote at the top.  If we say we walk with Christ: we go to Church (or service) we worship him, we sing praises, and honor Him, how could it be okay to turn our backs on truth because it’s politically correct?   Last week, we...

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?...
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