We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
We've all created something: a cake, a poem, an engaging moment with a friend. All of these emerge from acts of creation and all are beautiful and frightening because we can never be quite sure of where they came from. We are there, they come from who we are, but there is something else, too, something unpredictable and something we can't control.
Our spiritual life is like that. It's our unique walk with God, but the truth is—as every great saint discovers—the more we attempt to control, the less "spiritual" the walk becomes because as we've inserted our own will, we push God aside.
I’m participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2014, hosted by the Catholic Bloggers Network, Equipping Catholic Families, Campfires and Cleats, Truly Rich Mom, A Slice of Smith Life and Home to 4 Kiddos.
We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.
Are you excited about Lent this year? Making long lists of goals? Or do you hesitate to take on a new discipline to add to your packed schedule?
When we take on a new goal to improve our life we meet inner resistance. The new goal can range from a resolve to eat less and exercise more, complain less and listen more, worry less and sleep more. Lent drives the new purpose into first place in our mind and on our calendar.
Isaiah 49:13-14; Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34
I delayed writing this until I had seen the movie "Son of God." It was based mostly on St. John’s Gospel. Although shorter than the History 2 channel original it covered major events of Christ’s public life. It moved me to tears in many places. It will pierce your heart.
Therefore, glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:20)
God created our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, sacramentals of procreation and means of holiness. They are fearfully and wonderfully made yet often desecrated by sin or used to tempt others. God meant for us to enjoy our sexuality in a holy way. He reveals himself to us through the beauty of our own bodies.
As a temple of the Holy Spirit, there are places I can’t go, movies I can’t see, fashions I can’t wear because they dishonor the human body, and therefore Christ’s body. Good stewardship of our bodies involves keeping them healthy and strong, and dressing attractively, yet modestly.
We are to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh,” (Rom 13:14).
Learning balance in our lives is like learning how to ice skate. I discovered this truth as I observed the young and old skaters at the Lloyd Town Center rink in Portland, Oregon. Some skaters strive to excel, a few hope to just survive. All the skating couples and those content to dance alone seem unaware of their audience seated on wooden benches on the sidelines. I’m unnoticed as I look down from the Food Court above. Continue reading
Sirach 15:15-20; Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 (God predestined wisdom before the ages for our glory.); Alleluia, alleluia!
After all the weeks of reflecting on the light of Jesus himself, placed us at our Baptism and reflecting through us to the people and world around us, we don’t want to forget that. For his light contains all that God is and what he wants us to do while we are here on earth. All earthly images of God fall short to who and what he is in himself.