DRIVEN BY FEAR OR BY FAITH We are called today in faith to cooperate with the plan of God in our lives. His will might not be clear at times. But we walk one step at a time. God does not give us foresight of everything but if in faith and sincerity, we seek to do His will, He will guide us through the trials and joys of life, purifying us in love and in our service to Him. We must not allow our fears to prevent us from acting courageously. We cling to our faith that God is with us as the Emmanuel in Jesus. He will give us the strength to do all things in Him.
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CONVERSION PRECLUDES DESPAIR OR VAIN CONFIDENCE IN THE GRACE OF GOD Some of us either feel that we are too damned to be converted or because we are “not that bad” and so do not really need conversion. Today’s scripture readings caution us against such extreme attitudes of despair and self-confidence since both are obstacles to conversion and growth. We must respond to the call for conversion before it is too late. Like Moses, we are called to be more attentive to the signs of God calling us to the burning bush, that is, the presence of God, so that He can burn away our miseries, our selfishness, and hard-heartedness. How should we pay attention to the burning bush in our lives today?
I love receiving gifts. I think most people do. My expectations aren’t very high these days, so I was pleasantly surprised with all the gifts I received this past Christmas. Even though it was probably the least I have received at Christmas all my life.
There is a Latin phrase that goes: Deus adest et vocat te. God is here and calls you. ‘To what is He calling me to?’ you might ask. Everyone has a specific vocation in life, unique to each individual.
In my late teens, I started having religious OCD (scrupulosity OCD). I had intrusive thoughts that cursed God, Mother Mary and Jesus (OCD is an anxiety disorder; sufferers experience severe anxiety as the thoughts are completely opposite of their belief system and volitional will.
Virtue is one of those words that sounds a bit lame and unromantic. Dating tends to make us think of words like: passion, excitement, love and connection… Date with virtue (wha-wha-wha). Buzz kill.
Some friendships are forged for eternity. Today, Marie remembered Uncle John, a kindly Indian gentleman from Nativity church.
I spent most of my life not truly knowing Mary, even though I knew all of her prayers by heart. But a personal relationship with her only began a year ago, when I was struggling deeply with my history with men.
This is a very divisive world we live in. There is so much disagreement on all fronts - economic, political, religious, moral, ethical and social. We have extreme religious fundamentalism at one end, and hostile secularism at the other.
She started painting when she was just 4 years old. Now 12, Ashley Tan is using her art to raise funds for good causes. She has already donated a number of her original works to charities and to the Archdiocese.