Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who's Your Daddy?

God created us to spend eternity with Him in heaven, but through our sin--by our most grievous fault, the gates of heaven were shut to us. This was not done maliciously by God--He didn't exclude us rather, by our choosing to sin, we excluded ourselves from eternal joy.
   God desires to have each one of us in heaven with Him, sharing in His perfect happiness. His desire for us is as infinite as His love, His desire isn't a minor one, like "Yeah, you guys can crash on my couch in heaven for a while, here's a blanket." He is infinite, and so His desire for us is stronger than any we can possibly imagine. He gave His only Son for us, through Christ, God threw open the gates of heaven in order to bring us to Him. He didn't just open the gates though, He isn't just packing us all into some sort of eternal subway station, He has prepared places of honor for us at His table and has set a great feast for us, and like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, He rejoices whenever one of us sinners returns to Him, and all of the saints and angels in heaven rejoice with Him. So great is His love for us.

One Love,
Andrew

Our Father

I went to Reconciliation the other day, and Father gave me for penance contemplating the Our Father. It's a prayer we hear and pray so often, we don't realize the awesomeness right in front of us--it's real good. Anyhow, here's what i was thinking about the Our Father:

Our Father-
   God is our Daddy. He would do anything for us--He loves us infinitely, as ONLY He can. He loves us enough to let us make mistakes so we can learn (free will) and see His greatness.

Who Art In Heaven-
   What would heaven be without God? Heaven is a place of basking and rejoicing in God's glory--without Him, it's not good--God makes heaven what it is, He's the good part of heaven.

Hallowed Be Thy Name-
   He is the source and the summit of all holiness. His name is so powerful that when it is spoken, every being is compelled to show reverence, good and evil alike.

Thy Kingdom Come-
   His Kingdom is better than any we could build on our own. In reality, we are incapable of building anything on our own.
   His Kingdom is all good and He wants us to be a part of it, despite our failings. Not just a part--He wants to give us places of honor in His kingdom.

Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven-
   His is a perfect will issuing from a perfect person--there is no error in God's will. If His will were done on Earth, our world would be heavenly. His will is done in heaven and it's a place of ultimate happiness.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread-
  He absolutely always provides for us, as long as we have faith in Him, but His providence isn't contingent on our faith (and good thing, otherwise we'd all starve).
   Also, this refers to the Eucharist--our heavenly food.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us-
   There is always forgiveness to be found in God--He will absolve our every failure, falter, misstep, all of it.
   If God is willing to forgive all our gravest offenses, how can we not forgive the tiny ones done to us by others? We must learn to love as God loves.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil-
   He is our constant guide, He will never lead us astray. Only through Him can we also escape from temptation and the grip of evil.

I know this is all really simple stuff, but it was a big step for me, so there it is.

One Love,
Andrew

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Life with God

"The way is easy and the yoke is light."
  I don't know who said that, but they were very intelligent. Truly, following God is the only sensible way to live one's life. If we live as though God does exist, and we follow His way, but find when we die that we were mistaken, then we've lost nothing, we've lived a good life and then we don't have to worry about it, because that's the end. However, if we live as though there is no God, only to find that we were wrong and He really does exist, then we've really screwed up and will pay for it for all of eternity.
  The life of the Christian isn't always easy, we're called to lived radically differently from the way the world says we should and the world--with the influence of evil all around--fights us constantly, but in our struggles we have help, Christ is with us the whole way. It isn't easy also on account of our tendency to sin, a result of our broken nature. For that reason, we are lucky to have claim to the forgiveness and hope we find in Christ.
  The way isn't easy, but it beats the alternative--living only for the accumulation of wealth, pleasures of the body, fame, etc. so-called worldly happiness. That sort of life, i know from experience, doesn't bring true happiness, only a desire for more. Living in the world and for the world only leads us into a spiral of greater and greater desire and a corresponding greater and greater emptiness, the most difficult of all ways and the heaviest of burdens, because its end is an eternal longing after more.
  Without God, life has no meaning. Where is the fulfillment in being a random mass of matter bent on financial domination? It's a pretty sad state of affairs if an ever-weakening dollar and a Land Rover is the meaning of life. What sense does it make to put all one's hope in things that are transitory? Money comes and goes, that Land Rover will eventually crap out, that person who "loves" you today might eventually leave you for someone with a Porsche. It's silly to center your life on worldly values, even if the money, the car, and the relationship did last until you died, there they are in the bank, in the driveway, in what was your house, and there you are, dead and gone with nothing.
  With God, life has meaning. He shows you the nature of all those gizmos and doodads and their proper place in your life. You could have nothing in life, only God, and that would be the best scenario, because when you die, He isn't gonna be sitting in your house mourning your loss, He'll still be there next to you, welcoming you into the true goal of life, which is eternal joy with Him in Heaven.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Life

Good Evening, Blogosphere! I had an idea, I hope you like it:

The leaf
It lives.
It has a purpose.
Unassuming,
Content in its existence.
In union with the body
It carries out the purpose 
For which it was created.

It receives life 
From the Sun,
And shares its life
With the body
For the benefit of all.

It does not aspire 
To be a flower,
Beautiful in its purpose.
Weak in its nature,
Strong in union
With the body. 

It will wither,
Die, return to the dust.
Its death makes way for new life.
It is weak,
In unison with others
It provides life to the body,
That which it receives from the Sun. 


That's all I have for now,
Peace and All Good! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bearing Crosses

Hey Y'all!

Today's topic is bearing crosses. That means taking whatever burdens, difficulties, etc. you might have and recognizing them, accepting them, asking God for help with them, and then trying to find ways you can use that experience for good.

We all have wounds, physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, whatever. This is life. Some people might conclude then that life is all bad, from the time Eve ate the apple, bad bad bad. I don't believe this at all. There are difficult times, but those are the times that make us appreciate the good times more. Trials can also be a great time of personal growth. You develop skills from that experience, skills you can use for the betterment of the human condition, such as helping other abused children, or other physically handicapped people. The other choice is to wallow in your grief over the situation you had to endure, to complain, to be bitter, and to use the skills you now have because of the experience for either bad purposes or for no purpose at all.

My example for this sort of divergence deals with comics. So, Peter Parker, an innocent guy, was bitten by a radioactive spider and so became violently ill, and began to mutate. This made him a social outcast, feared and avoided. He took that situation, turned it to his advantage, and became Spiderman, using his new-found skills to fight crime. On the other side of the coin (all pun intended), is Harvey Dent. He began as an upstanding member of society in Gotham, but after being badly burned and disfigured in a bombing that killed his fiancee, he became bitter and twisted. He saw the situation as a pit, inescapable, and so he wallowed in his grief and gave in to despair and became Two-Face, a terrible villain.

 And so, we have a choice. We can either give in to self-pity, or give the situation up to God, pray for His help in dealing with it, ask Him for guidance in using that situation to do good. The fullness of healing for these and all wounds can only be found in God. He can and will help you, we are His children, we just have to trust in Him, carry our crosses with joy. As Padre Pio said, "The life of a Christian is a constant struggle against self. There is no flowering of the soul except at the price of pain." Life is beautiful, but being simple and very small, we have to learn our lessons the hard way. God allows us to experience these things in order to grow in wisdom and love for Him.

"Life IS all roses, but roses DO have thorns."-John McLain

Peace and all good,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Peace and all good!

Hey Y'all!

For my first blog post, I'd like to outline the theme and purpose of this blog.
With this blog, I'm going to discuss God's great love and mercy, loosely in the context of
the diary of St. Faustina. Also, I'll post prayers, news, thoughts on different subjects (both mine and those of people far more intelligent than I), and maybe a story or two about the real-life impact of Divine Mercy.

The purpose of this blog is not to promote my own dumb ideas, but for me to throw out a bunch of ideas in the hope that one of them may help someone, somewhere, sometime. The idea of this blog is mainly to promote the devotion to the Divine Mercy, which, if you don't know, is AWESOME!  Most of the ideas I post will probably come from my friends, who are way smarter than me, which adds to the purpose of this blog that here will also be collected all the little rays of wisdom they radiate constantly.

That's all for now,