“The Devil never sleeps, neither is the flesh yet dead: therefore thou must not cease to prepare thyself for battle, for on the right hand, and on the left, are enemies that never rest”— My Imitation of Christ
MY CHILD, the highest goal of your life is union with Me in Heaven. Let your intentions throughout the day be guided by this truth. In all things be sure to stay on the path which leads to Heaven. Do not become too deeply interested in the passing desires and brief enjoyments of this earthly life.
2. I have given you everything that you are and everything you have. All things come to you from Me, the Supreme Good. Whatever comes, accept it, use it, enjoy it, as I wish and as much as I wish.
3. If you think only of satisfying yourself, without considering My approval, your mind becomes confused and your will becomes weak. Mistakes and sins will rob you of peace on earth and of unending happiness in Heaven. In all things, therefore, keep your eyes on Me.
4. Happy are those who desire only what I want, trying steadily to do My Will. Such people do not let themselves become completely absorbed by their daily activities. They frequently offer their activities to Me. They see the brevity of human contentment on earth.
5. Examine your motives in your daily words and actions. Find out how you may please Me more, and avoid everything which may draw you away from Me.
Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no such balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.
ok so, i have this problem. well not really, sorta. see, I'm waiting until marriage and you know how our culture is and stuff right, well, i'm finding out that even though i'm pretty and sweet and funny, you know, moderately, like anybody else, i am utterly undatable. like, sex is almost a prerequisite in order for anyone to even THINK about liking me. i know i'm probably doing the right thing, but i feel so like lonely and unlovable, i mean, reasonably so, am i right?
We naturally attempt to fill the void of feeling lonely with materialistic things. These things often are forced and if we truly take a step back and ask if this will bring eternal happiness, that answer will be quite obvious. So, you are waiting till marriage. That is a decision you have made. Do you really thing that stooping down to someones else request for sexual intimacy with bring you happiness? That void of sexuality is theirs, not yours. Fulfilling others desires will still leave you with no satisfaction of your own- back to square one.
Pray for desires and activities that bring you happiness. Activities are social and communal they often involve people. Meeting like minded individuals who you have a commonality with will often fill voids. Don’t let the world get the back of you. We are not maid for the world, we are made for eternal happiness.
So I just met this girl, like a week ago. I cant stop thinking about her and she is running through my mind like crazy. I realize we just met... but I cant stop think about what may be. I know this is probably not healthy but, dang. Advice?
Ah, being emotionally chaste is truly a virtue. Sometimes we get caught up in the emotions of the world and we think our heart is leading us to love. That said, I’m sure this girl is indeed beautiful; You can not place that high of expectations on her or on yourself. You are setting your self up for “The let down”
Think about this:
“Never desire special praise or love, for that belongs to God alone Who has no equal. Never wish that anyone’s affection be centered in you, nor let yourself be taken up with the love of anyone, but let Jesus be in you and in every good man. Be pure and free within, un-entangled with any creature.”-Thomas A Kempis, My Imitation of Christ
Imagine a world without divorce. Imagine families without separation. Imagine no children or hearts torn apart. People of one place in this world do not have to imagine. In the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Herzegovina not one of the 13,000 inhabitants can recall a single divorce or broken family. What is their secret? One look at their marriage rite says it all. When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix and exclaims, “You have found your cross! It is a cross to love, to carry with you, a cross that is not thrown off but rather treasured.” When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are united to the cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love each other in good times and in bad. Then they both first kiss the cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the cross. Afterwards, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same crucifix in a place of honor. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer. In times of difficulty and misunderstandings, as all human relationships experience, they do not turn immediately to the lawyer or psychologist, they turn to the cross. They kneel, cry and open up their hearts begging for the strength to pardon and implore the Lord’s help. The children are taught to reverently kiss the crucifix daily and to thank him for the day before going to bed. These children dream of enthroning one day a crucifix of their own. The family is indissolubly united to the cross of Christ. Is this simply a morbid outlook on marital and family life? Or is it a piece of wisdom that few in our modern world can understand. Until our world does, it will continue to imagine and long for the unbroken hearth.
So as it would be God continues to reveal his power and beauty to me day, after day. Last night my Chinese roommate randomly came to my room and politely asked me if he could talk to me about God and more specifically the Catholic faith. He went on to ask the common apologetic questions like why saints? Faith vs Works? and the history of the Church. The grace-filled question and answers session was just what I was looking for; I could spend hours helping people to better understand the complexity of the Church’s history and Traditions. He went on to ask me ‘Why did Jesus came to earth to white/Jewish people and not to people in China’.. where he pointed out that Christianity is still very much unspoken and underground. He told me that he now sees that white people are God’s people and that he feels judged and unworthy as a Chinese Christian. He told me that white people have better opportunities in life and that he could see from living in American, that God truly favors the white race over the Chinese. The look in his eyes was so sincere and I could truly feel how broken his heart was and the tears in his eyes as he asked me why.
-My answer was simple, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The power that is bestowed in the image of Our Lady is so mysterious and powerful, that its ways are beyond the understanding of humans and science. Since the beginning of the image, connected to Juan Diego, 90% of the Mexican nation has converted from a strict Aztec beliefs to Christianity (specifically Catholicism) -something missionaries had struggled to do for over twenty years. God came to the poor of spirit, and he will come to all in due time. Faith