Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What will the new year bring?

At the start of every year, we tend to take stock of our hopes and dreams, our progress or lack of it, think of the things we want to change or goals we want to achieve.
I am fortunate to have the chance to cross something off my "bucket list" this year, but it is nothing compared to what I want to achieve on a spiritual level.
This is what I want to do this year: to never forget the Holy Presence of God. To remember Him, and His love for us, especially in those moments when I am most perplexed or upset, not just in the moments when I am thinking that all is well in my world.
In remembering His Holy Presence,  I want to do what is pleasing to God, even in the little things. My thoughts, actions and words should reflect my acknowledgement of His Presence.
My decisions even in mundane matters should be made with His approval in mind.
I know that I am weak, and easily distracted.
And so I pray, that the Blessed Virgin will assist me because she was infused with a closeness to God unknown to any other human being. O Mary, help me to remember the Holy Presence of God always, and to keep in mind His love for us, and the sacrifice your Son made for us. Strengthen me O Blessed Mother and shelter me from my own attachment to sin. Help me O Mother of Perpetual Help! Help me to persevere in prayer, and not grow lax and lazy. Help me to love Jesus as much as you did, and to seek Him always.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stand strong

Well...... I wasn't going to get political on this blog, but with everything that is going on, and given the long history of persecution Christians have endured, I have to take a stand.
We are under attack, there is no doubt about it. The force of evil in the form of radical extremists is taking its toll on Christ's followers whether they are Catholic or Protestant, anyone who believes in Christ is fair game.
There is no doubt in my mind that there are many martyrs filling up heaven these days.
  I refer you to John 2:9- 11:
He that says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.
He that loves his brother, abides in the light, and there is no scandal in him.
But he that hates his brother, is in darkness, and knows not whither he goes; because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
The followers of radical Islam are blinded by the darkness, and there is no light in them.
I am reminded of the Biblical story in Machabees 2:7 of the martyrdom of a  woman and her seven sons, who were horribly put to death for not renouncing their faith.

How long, O Lord, will You let your children suffer for your name's sake?
Will You not put an end to the darkness?
If it is not yet time, then I pray for us, who love You, to receive the grace of strength to stand strong in the face of evil, to believe as strongly as those seven sons and their mother that any cruelty we have to face in this world is nothing compared to our reward in heaven.
Let us not weaken.