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Focusing on The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

These days, we are very concerned about the homeless, the poor, and the hungry and thirsty–as we should be. Many of us are caught up in the Corporal Works of Mercy—but how often do we remember that the soul needs healing and mercy too? What are the Spiritual Works of Mercy? And, what can you do to carry out these Works of Mercy? Focusing on the 7 Spiritual Works of #Mercy. Click To Tweet 1) Admonish the sinner Correcting someone who we see is in danger of committing (or who have committed) a grave offense against God. We are to do this out of charity to our neighbor and never in a way that is demeaning or would cause them to turn away from the Church.  We we correct someone, we should always remember the dignity of the person, and correct them in private (Matthew 18:5). Given a sufficiently grave condition of spiritual distress calling for succour in this way, this commandment may exact fulfilment under pain of mortal sin. This is reckoned to be so only when the delinquency to be corrected or prevented is a grievous one; there is no good reason to believe that the sinner will adequately provide for himself; there is a well-founded expectation that the admonition will be heeded; there is no one else just as well fitted for this work of Christian charity and likely to undertake it; there is no special trouble or disadvantage accruing to the reformer as a result of his zeal.     (source) Living This Out Today: Know someone who is about to do something that is against what God taught us?  Simply telling them what could happen if they continue their actions.  Always reminding them that to steer...

The Challenge of Protecting Dignity from the Beginning

I love walking in the afternoons around my neighborhood and seeing the children come out of school with their book bags and so excited to tell their parents of their day.  The first look of excitement to share practically everything is a beautiful sight.  Even though we home school, I encourage my daughter to share with her father the best part of her day.  Her experiments, and even read something new that she would love to share with him. Of course this is the early years of school, and soon the school children will be tempted to do things, against the books like some of us were (and are) most likely tempted.     How It Begins   One day, these school children will be told by their friends that they managed to get a high score on their test because they cheated.  They kept answers nearby, or hid them to get along.  When [some of ] these school children become adults, they will find ways to cheat the system.  They will not only learn how to cheat the system, but learn how to redefine the system and make it work for them. The funny thing about this, is that it comes from one source, a single word that can sums all this up.  Scandal. Funny right?  How a single word, (that happens to be the hit show on ABC Thursday) can rear its head in our lives, but let’s think about this for a moment.   The Challenge of Protecting Dignity from the Beginning Click To Tweet What Is Scandal?   Scandal is attitude or behavior that causes someone to do something that...

Remembering The Little Way

We all have a  favorite Saint.  Some we connect with more with than another, and there are Saints that just touches our hearts.  While I have a favorite Saint, I’ve noticed that my daughter has gravitated towards to Saint Terese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” Now I have to admit that I know of her story but I have not read deep into it.  However, my daughter’s interest in her, and Father Robert’s Barron mention of her in his Catholicism series has me really interested.    While I’m sort of behind on my spiritual reading, I have yet to read her story, The Story of a Soul her story touches me and I can really see why my little girl adores her.    Sacrifice to Self   Saint Terese life teaches us so much. She loved God with all her heart and really wanted to become a saint. But she knew she couldn’t do it in a huge way. Finding inspiration through scripture she received her answer.  Remain little.  It was not through huge leaps and bounds that was going to carry her to heaven, it was remaining little. Everyday she performed little sacrifices that was between he and God. She didn’t complain.  Sacrifice of self.  One of the biggest sacrifices she made that went unnoticed was her agreeing to stay a  novice. That means that she would always have to ask permission to do anything. Her sisters were in the same order as her, so the other nuns feared that the Martin family would take over.  Offering up suffering.   Even though she had dry spells through prayer and suffered greatly do to her...

Comfort In God’s Presence

My husband told me, as we are waiting on news for our family: “Things will get harder before they will get easier.” Of course when he mentioned this, I said, how much harder can they be?  It is already hard enough already.  We are already in the face of different ideologies that could be potentially dangerous if not kept in check.  But I naively thought that there was no way it can get worse before we truly know the outcome of the news. My husband’s words, was a warning for us.  I’m not sure if he even knew the words that he said, but I stood up straighter, and taller.  An impending battle was about to take place, and it will happen in my home.  I’m not talking about fighting, I’m talking about spiritual warfare. My husband said those words 2 weeks ago, and the battle has waged on.  In the past two weeks, we have been in Spiritual Warfare.  In the meantime, we grow weary, and tired, but we are ever vigilant.  Not only have errors pretending to be truth have emerged, my parenting has come under attack. I take comfort in the Lord.  I take comfort in His Grace.  That what’s been going on is not only a test of my Spiritual life, but if I will indeed stand up for truth–out of love.  Not only out of love for our Lord, but out of love for my fellow brothers and sisters through Christ. Our Lord has groomed me for the past two years.  My faith has deepened, and I have gained deeper understanding.  In these years,  I have...

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 like...

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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