Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Love....

I heard an ad on the radio today about the month of February being the month dedicated to "love". Actually, I saw the merchandise out in late December reminding me that soon there would come a day in February, a day where "love" is celebrated. I found it interesting that the Holy Father just published his first encyclical, which for all providential purposes, is about love. Now, i have not had a chance to read it yet, but I have a sneaky feeling that these 2 views on love differ greatly.

So, what is love? If I had a dollar for everytime I heard someone mention, "Love is about how you feel", you'd be suprised as to how much cash I would have! Now, those of you who are married are laughing right now, and I guess it surprises me how often I hear that myself, but it's true.

Our founder describes love as the "disposition to please the beloved". Love in all it's truest forms comes from God and is found in God. So we could say that true love is not found outside of God. We see God's disposition to "please" us in sending His Son for our salvation. In His desire to be one with us, to bridge the gap between heaven and earth, God sent us His Son. God, in all of His magnificence, seeks to be united with us. Why? because He loves us. He loved us first. He doesn't love us for what we do for Him, He just loves.

Lately, I have found that God has been teaching me a great lesson in this area. How do I love? Do I love those who love me? or do I seek to love and serve those who aren't too fond of me or would rather not have much to do with me? Do I serve people because they are children of God or do I serve them to get something in return? The results surprised me. How easy it is to serve when you get something in return BUT it is far more difficult to keep serving when you get no results at all or are even persecuted for your good intentions. Whew! tough!

Which leads me to think of how God feels. How often He gives to us with no return. He gives us all these gifts that we neither think of or notice, or even worse, complain about. Have you ever given someone a gift that they didn't acknowledge or complained about? It's happened to me. I went to the store and picked out something with that person in mind, lovingly wrapped it and took care to deliver it.....and received..... absolutlely NO response--no thank you, no mention of it at all, no nothing!!!! and I would get so offended. Imagine how God feels! and yet He keeps giving and giving, in His desire to love and please us.

He truly loves. He gives even though He knows that many will reject Him. How many of us love like that? So it is my prayer for the month of February, the month "dedicated to love" that God would continue to teach me how to love, so that my little, self-centered love runs out and His immense love takes over....

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Charity

Pope Benedict's first encyclical comes out on Jan 25th!
Don't miss it!

Also, please do a big act of charity in praying that U.S. once again protects the lives of the unborn. How can God truly bless us when taking the lives of the most innocent people is legal? Don't be fooled by "politically correct" jargon. We must protect all life, that is true dignity.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Random New Year Thoughts....

God bless you all! Happy New Year to you. Praying that you had a holy, happy and joy-filled Christmas. It seems that the world has forgotten Christmas already, even though we still have a couple of days of the actual season left. I was at the mall not too long ago and I noticed that stores were already putting their Valentine decorations, cards and chocolates out so people could spend some more money. lol! It seems that the world moves on so fast. Tragedy is forgotten, happiness is forgotten, technology cruises on at a blistering pace and it just seems that the media is always saying, "NEXT"!

No wonder people, especially the lowly, are forgotten and neglected. The young, the sick, the aged and others are pushed to the side in search of the next big thing, the next excitement, the next fleeting image of health and beauty.

Have you ever noticed some of the weather reports? It came to me one day as I listening to the weather that people never seem quite content. When there is no rain, they make a big deal that there might be a draught and that we really need rain. When it does rain, they complain that the weather is not nice and sunny. Hmm....well, you know the old addage, "Too much sun makes a desert." But many people live their lives in this state: the state of perpetual complaint.

There is a time and a reason for everything. The things that happen to us, the people we come into contact with, the day to day experiences that we have; they are all providential. God is always trying to speak to us. Things that seem so bad from our point of view have deep blessings hidden within them. God always makes something beautiful out of sorrow, if we let Him.

New Year's resolutions are a good thing, but if you really want to see your year and life take off, dedicate 2006 to Our Blessed Mother. Just give her this year and see what she does. You will be surprised at how she will take care of you and lead you to her Son. And it never hurts to add more kindness to your day. Just a smile or kind word or warm glance at someone can bring Christ into your day more and more. We forget how kind He is to us.

Don't you think this world could use a bit more kindness and attention to the individual person?

I do
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Speaking of kindness, i had to add this link about Hunter Simpson. I hope it still works. This article touched me deeply, say a prayer for him, and ask him to say a prayer for you-