Choices, Inspiration, Joy, Life, Lifestyle, LIVES OF THE SAINTS, Reflection/Introspection, Spirituality

November 1st

Are you not envious of Saints?

I do. Because they remind me of my capacity to be with them.

Saints, except martyrs, were just ordinary people like you and me. They did not Excel in extraordinary work, profession, etcera. Only, that, they are faithful to their ordinary life putting love, ahay! Great love, I mean to say. They have put a great deal of love over what they have and do thus making it extraordinary.

They work in silence. Not seeking to be praised or recognized. But their goodness did not escape in the eyes of God.

And, 

They have become where they are now.
Happy All Saints’ Day

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Beauty and Brain, Choices, Life, Lifestyle, Reflection/Introspection, Social Concerns / Commentary, Spirituality

Social Media

Sometimes, I am dumbfounded by the grace effected by Social Media. Where people abused and misused it, others are carefully using it to bring message of hope, inspiration and even religious experience or transformation, I dare say.

May each one of us effect others with our responsible use of social media.

Choices, Life, Pain, Reflection/Introspection

Choosing Today

When disagreement takes away the warmth of communication. I wish to take back the words I said.

When disagreement takes away the laughter’s shared in a moment’s glance. I wished I’d known it.

When disagreement takes away the company of civility, I wish to be more understanding and not rude

When disagreement supplies falls happiness of “I’m ok”, I wish I had the courage to choose to transcend and reached out. I wish I have been more self-forgetful to be other-centered.

When disagreement takes away my hope for a new tomorrow, I dare to bring it in and start anew.

I have today.

I have tommorow’s today. 

It is always today, so I start to begin anew, making all things new today

Joy, Lifestyle, Pain

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War

by Cristian Mihai

 

“The one perfectly divine thing, the one glimpse of God’s paradise given on earth, is to fight a losing battle – and not lose it.”

Life is a war.

You have to fight to get what you want, you have to fight to become the person you want to be. You have to fight to put food on the table, to be fit, to accomplish goals, to take care of your body.

The hustle, as they say, never ends.

Of course, you might be inclined to use one of lfie’s many crutches: to have someone else take care of your needs, to dream of retirement, to dream of winning the lottery or reaching Heaven.

Those are lazy ways of thinking and going about life.

Here and now. That’s life. It’s not about tomorrow, for it has yet to come.

Life is what happens right here, right now. And life is a war, a constant battle for what you want.

Make no mistake, each time you think otherwise, life will punish you.

It’s just how it is.

Plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead.

Until then… hustle and struggle and fight for your dreams and ideas and goals.

“Do not believe that others will die, not you…. I have wrestled with Thanatos knee to knee and I know how death is vanquished. Man’s immortality is not to live forever; for that wish is born of fear. Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.” – Mary Renault

 

Cristian Mihai | October 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Tags: ArtBlogcultureinspirationlifelovemotivationquotesthoughtswriting | Categories: Blog | URL: http://wp.me/s283PT-war

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Church Events, Inspiration, Reflection/Introspection, Religion, Spirituality

No Wings

Most of us outgrew the love for angels. We would always associate it with children. Nevertheless, I would like to challenge your thoughts about angels.

Have you ever had an experience where you met or seen a beggar maybe in the street or somewhere that struck you and you felt the urge to help or give something to alleviate her/his present needs?

Have you been in a situation, where you felt helpless and so moved by the sight of a dying man or woman or a scene you see in a car accident or a victim of violence and you end up paying for them?

Have you been in a situation where you partied and thought of the many victims of flooding and natural calamaties that you wanted to do something like donating or volunteering time talent and treasure of your own?

Have you been in a dilemma of something that a tap, smile or an encouraging hug brings warmth and lightness of feeling?

Have you been in a situation where you patiently availed yourself in listening or accompanying someone who is alone, lonely or in a down mode problem? And they all said, “Hey! Thanks, it was something.”

There are so many countless occasions and situations I could enumerate in this blog, but my page would not be enough.

All I want to share, is that we have angels by our side of some of them with wings-ministering spirits whose main function is to be God’s messenger and to lead us away from sin and the snatch of the evil one.

Some of them, too, don’t have wings. You just have to look and find them. And, maybe, you are One of the No Wings.
Happy Feast of Holy Guardian Angels

Gratitude, Inspiration, Reflection/Introspection, Spirituality

Why it’s difficult to listen during homilies (take it from me)

I can’t help but write notes for this particular priest, Fr. Weyms, SJ, who did his homework of doing his homily well.

He begun by tickling the conscience of the faithful if they did listen to the lectors and ask this question, “who wrote the second reading for today?

God?!, With a good laugh.

No. Its St. Paul. And he continued on his reflection on Phil. 2:1-11. It’s was a thought-provoking homily. A very inspiring homily on humility and self-abnegation.

But what really struck me most was this, he said, “we are only 3rd.” He continues, “God first, and others, 2nd.” 

Why was so striking?

The verse goes like this, ” let each of you gently consider the others, as more important than yourselves. Do not seek your interest, but, rather, that of others.”

Just what I needed to hear to reawaken my self-righteousness. I often complain to the Lord, “why are they blessed, I am not.” ” Why I don’t have this, others have.” And so on and on. Sometimes, I’m tired asking the Lord all these questions and I get no answers.

So, how did God breaking the ice of #complaint and unending #questioning? 

Well, it’s not God who is the problem (yes, I can hear you comment on that) the problem is that I tend to be self-righteous.  I’m good s/he is not, so I deserve the blessing. I’m charitable and s/he is greedy, so I merit the good tidings. I’m a good church person, s/he is no show in the church, hmm..thus I have a place in heaven. Yes, you definitely got it right. The standard is the source and summit of the issue here. I have my own standard. And have not patterned it according to how it should be.

Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ.

It is a big challenge for me, to be conscious of this attitude, knowing that there are times when events and people surrounds me with affirmation that, “hey! I’m great!” Or that “I’m better than her/him.”

I wish to be reminded of this all the time, so that I may not boast of the things I’ve done but only what I unworthily received due to the graciousness of this God who never ceases to be kind, patient and understanding to me.

I live because of his kindness, should I  not be grateful and take every opportunity to return the favor?

Thanks to this priest who did his homework well!

Happy Week Ahead!

Happy feast of St. Therese of Lisiuex