Where do we find fulfillment in our lives

10 04 2013

 

I hope you all had a blessed Easter with your families. Easter is an exciting time because we all have a sense of renewed faith in God. Yet I think since it is not known as being in the top two holidays of the year if often gets overlooked. The story is great representation of how we can lose sight of the big picture in our lives and get sucked into the culture of “me”. The culture of death thinks of me, myself and I. But as Frater Matthew says in the article below, we must first deny ourselves and accept the crosses we are given in everyday life to follow God with a sincere heart. It makes the joys and blessings in our lives so much more sincere and appreciative.

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ex-baseball-phenom-chose-the-better-part-in-norbertine-abbey





Two Forces in Life

12 11 2012

Do you dream of happiness? This is my favorite quote of Pope John Paul II on happiness and the yearning of the heart.

“It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fulness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. 

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves to humbly and patiently, to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”

Blessed John Paul II
Prayer Vigil, Aug 19, 2000 Rome

What is the driving force in your life? Why do you choose the lifestyle in which you choose? Jesus mentions in the Bible of the two forces at work in our lives. The power of temptation to do evil and the power of faith to overcome our weaknesses and difficulties that prevent us from loving God and our neighbor. This makes perfect sense. I learned that Jews held that is was an unforgivable sin to teach another to sin. He or she may in turn teach another, and that train may go on until the end of time. How many times have we seen our friends make the same stupid mistake over and over again until they eventually come to you with wailing help cry? We can be examples to them by calling them out and being an advocate for the truth and they may not accept it at first but hopefully the one thing you may have said to them might change their ways down the road. For faith moves mountains, as Jesus says in Matthew 17:20. We can only speak the truth to our friends and be examples to them. This may ask us to step out of comfort zone and be persecuted but we can’t back down because of our calling to be witness to the faith. Anyone can have a life where they go about just taking care of themselves and not caring of what goes on outside of their home. We all know however these people have cold hearts and superficial happiness. For true happiness is rooted in sacrificial love and that can be only found on a crucifix.

 

 





What Chivalry Looks Like

26 09 2012

Common Sense stuff that most of us have forgotten…..

 





Finding Fulfillment in Prayer

12 07 2012

To all my readers out there, sorry it has taking me so long to come out with another post. Summer is always a busy time for myself and my family. But this summer I have many blessings to be thankful for, many of which have occurred in the past couple months. A lot of these blessings can be attributed to the power of prayer and goes to show that with a constant prayer life, God provides in so many ways.

But first we first as followers must surrender to the will of God and not ourselves otherwise prayer is done out of selfish needs and not out of sincerity.

Then to all he said, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it. What gain, then, is it for a man to have won the whole world and to have lost or ruined his very self? For if anyone is ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his own glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.” Luke 9:22-26

The are many tangents I can go off from this verse but the simple one is the very fact that Jesus is calling all of us out. A good quote that I heard from Deacon Harold Burke-Sievers last spring is that, “In Life there are many Fans of Jesus, but not Followers.” This quote is so spot on I can’t even describe how perfect it is. Reminds us daily of how we need to be faithful to the faith and not faithless. So let us prayer for an increase in fidelity and courage in the faith. The power and fulfillment can be the missing link in many of our lives. I see it everyday in today’s youth. So encourage them to start when the are young and to pray for submission to the will of God. Amen





Overcoming Our Vanity

11 05 2012

I am always hearing, “Oh yeah it’s no big deal, I can deal with it.” How do we find peace in situations that we continue to find ourselves in daily struggles that we can’t overcome. We repeatedly make the same mistakes or sins in the eyes of God and can’t seem to get over the hump. Problem is our vanity or pride in ourselves thinking we can do everything by ourselves without the help of God is the route we often choose. Believe it or not the Devil is out to get you when your down on yourself!! This is when we are most vulnerable to make dumb decisions in which we sincerely regret. Then we have despair and depression to deal with. This is a terrible sin in which we do not have the Hope in the Lord to help us get through these tough times. In the past two weeks I have heard about two suicides. The young adult suicidal rates are through the roof in this country and it mainly due to the pressure put on themselves by society and their peers. Our peace and relationship with the Lord can only be the help of many young adults in these situations. We need to focus on what is important in life and not fall in the pits of societies false lies, that our young adults often find themselves in. Whether it is the lies of pornography, cohabitation, pre-martial sex, immodesty, and the list goes on. So men challenge yourself and get off the mainstream “do whatever feels good” bus and be a man. For women today I hope are looking for someone worthy of their love and should be setting their standards high.

“For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”   -Eph 2:14-18

 





Step up to the Plate

27 03 2012

I am going to cut to the chase and not go on about how weak in society today masculinity is typically portrayed and stayed focused on how men need to bite the bullet and go against the grain of society. Look at yourselves in the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I really happy in life?” “Am I doing things for the sole purpose of myself or am I looking to sacrifice for others and grow in virtue?” Women need men who are going to help them keep their soul. There is a mens conference coming up at the end of April that I highly recommend going to. It is April 28th in the Wine country, Napa, perfect opportunity to refresh you mind and spirit away from everyday grind. I guarantee your faith will be reinvigorated and you will be a “spiritual high” coming back from a conference like this. Check out this link for the Napa Valley Men’s Conference happening on April 28th: https://www.nccmc.net/

Here is a little video from Fr. Bill Casey to get you warmed up for the conference: 






Living Example For Life

13 03 2012

This post has special importance to me being that it is the 13th of March, my brother Ben’s Birthday today. Brother Ben had a tough road growing up. I would often beat up on him or pick on him being that he was the next in line. But Ben always could defend himself and loved to give it back right to me. Since he is the second of the clan, we shared a room ever since he was born and for his friendship and brotherhood I am eternally grateful. We have a lot great memories growing up together and have learned much from each other. Brother Ben now is brother with the Home of the Mother, both a religious and lay community in Spain, studying to be priest.

As I said Ben had it tough growing up because he always had to live up to the older brother(myself) and didn’t always make the best decisions. But Ben’s story is one we all go through in some point in our lives, struggling to find the will of God in our lives. He found out that his choices weren’t always what is best for his soul. He had problems with pornography and drugs among others(Ben’s conversion story written by himself will be available to read soon), and are too often thought of as being “no big deal” type of issues in today’s culture. But these are the things that eat through a man’s soul and life. Through all his struggles though, he overcame the fleshly desires of the world and choose holiness. His conversion can be an example for all of us. Why can’t we step out of our comfort zone, sacrifice a little and follow the will God has for us. Conversion is not a easy thing, don’t get me wrong,   both prayer and sacrifices have to be made in order to overcome all our troubles. Whoever would save his life will lose it; and whosoever loses his life for my sake will find it. -Matt 16:24 Sacrificing is inevitable and cannot be done lets say half-heartedly, because many prayers get answered through sacrificing. Too often I have even given into the easy road and need to always remind myself of getting out of my comfort can bring many blessings to myself and those around me. So here is to my bro on his Birthday, “Thanks for being such a great example to us as a man living his faith.”








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