It often is able to see most clearly what I lack. Jesus saw the rich mans lack. He saw the one thing in his heart that would keep him from truly looking at Jesus and loving him back. The rich man kept hold in his heart of his stuff and I think it was because his stuff represented his own effort and success. It’s humbling to admit even your best isn’t good enough; even your accomplishments are anemic and your wealth is sheer poverty compared to Christ.
What’s lacking in my heart that the loving look of Jesus would see first? Is it humility? Devotion?
What is lacking in yours?
Jesus’ look was, and is, love.
It’s impossible for Christ to look at anyone and not feel love for Him for Jesus is Love.
Before a word is on my lips you know each thought, each tear,
each joy you see.
For I'm your cherished child.
I find it hard to comprehend the extent of your love.
And I know I rarely see myself the way that you see me.
Lord, you know my heart, you know I long for love.
My search is for that special friend.
For intimacy, for friendship.
For someone to depend on.
I know you watch me proudly
As I live each day, each moment.
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704 hours ago
A quote from Elisabeth Bourgois.
“Have you ever asked a small child why he loved his mother? He will answer you with his eyes wide open with surprise, as if anyone could doubt that he loved his mother: “Because she’s my mom!”
Who could explain the unique and personal intimacy a child has with his own mother? Christ himself spoke very little of His mother, except at Cana and in a short injunction from the Cross, when He offered her to all mankind by the intermediary of Saint John.
To speak about Mary’s motherhood is to speak of Mary’s love, and then to attempt to penetrate the mystery of perfect Love, the infinite gift and the YES that led to the incarnation of God and our redemption.
How can we put it into words?
Instead, I’d like to simply invite everyone to stop and gaze at Mary, meditate on her; contemplate this beautiful and harmonious woman… and let oneself be mesmerized by this vision, transfigured by her love.
To speak about Mary’s motherhood is simply to wish one could set each human being upon her lap, so that she might embrace him with all her affection, welcome him in all her tenderness, and protect him with all her might.”
This is something I was reminded of this week. In anything you do if you are overwhelmed with the process its much harder to stick with it. Take nutrition for example. So many get overwhelmed with where to start. Often people cut out all of the things they should not have before they are ready and then go back to eating it all. The same is true with exercise. I have found that with nutrition if you keep it simple and focus on changing one thing at a time you have more success. Sure its a long process but in the end its worth it. Its about making a lifestyle change and this takes time. I find this quote to be true about my health and fitness business as well. It can be overwhelming at 1st to figure out a good routine. Some can jump in and get everything done. For me it took time. I needed time to add in one part at a time. I am now to the point where I have a great routine for getting my work done. It just took some extra time to figure out a system that worked for me. .
2716 hours ago
La paz en medio de la tormenta es un abrigo de lana, un techo durante la lluvia, un refugio hecho de espera y fe. El cual hay que pedirle a Dios que lo ayude a construir.
Espera en Dios. ( Este es un vídeo que puede verse bien o aterrador, creo que depende del observador XD)
I recently got this sweet subtle necklace [ @lillianjudedesigns - totally swooned over her new collection]. So hard to get a good picture, but there are 5 custom-stamped initials for each of my children. Not just our kids here on earth, but our little saints who’ve preceded us to our (God willing) forever home.
It was the first time I’ve ever seen, or even thought about, their initials all together—I don’t know why it never occurred to me before... maybe it’s just that, after being so open to new life in mind & heart for so long, this finality of sterility—the stark truth that this, officially, is our family (biologically, at least), gives me more perspective & opportunity for reflection.
It’s not necessarily a constant grief, but definitely more present on my mind—& little triggers can catch me off guard. But so can little consolations, which is what happened yesterday at daily mass...
📖 The Psalm (128), was one that could’ve quickly embittered me:
»» “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.”
Yet before it had even finished traveling from my ears to land on my fragile little heart, the Gospel acclimation, following on its heels, intervened:
»» “Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)
The Word. Jesus. Planted within us, *conceived* within us, so that we may be fruitful vines—not merely in a physical sense, but far more consequentially, in the spiritual sense. A spiritual mother whose “olive plants” seated round the table are those of souls saved—loved into eternity, born into everlasting life, under her watch.
All this rambling to say... if you ever struggle under the weight of sub-fertility, infertility, sterility, or maybe the ache of a seemingly unmet vocation... I see you. I feel you. But more importantly, God sees you. He hears you.
And He deems your *current* fruitfulness in regards to souls (whether or not it manifests physically) as the most vital, necessary, redeeming fruit you could ever bear.
So look around today & name those olive plants you might have failed to notice before.🌱
13667 hours ago
So true! We must extend love and compassion to all those we meet. Everyone is made in the imagine and likeness of God and should be respected not because of position in society, race, gender or age. Everyone is created equal!
In this week of celebrating ❤️ Valentine's Day 💖, staff in at the Catholic Education Office were fortunate to enjoy this lovely prayer space done up by our Catholic Life, Education and Mission (CLEM) team.
“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work of art simultaneously.”💕
Just love yourself a little harder tonight.
Recognize the masterpiece that you currently are.
Dream of where you’ll take yourself. See all that you’ll achieve.
And then make a ripple in this world from where you are right now.✨
You are dynamite girl, absolute dynamite! 💥💥
Reposted from @patricia.e.paille - If I think that a candidate who is pro-abortion has better ideas to serve the poor, and the pro-life candidate has bad ideas that will hurt the poor, why may I not vote for the candidate that has the better ideas for serving the poor?
Serving the poor is not only admirable, but also obligatory for Catholics as an exercise of solidarity. Solidarity has to do with the sharing of both spiritual and material goods, and with what the Church calls the preferential option for the poor. This preference means that we have the duty to give priority to helping those most needful, both materially and spiritually. Beginning in the family, solidarity extends to every human association, even to the international moral order. Two important points must be made. First, when it comes to the matter of determining how social and economic policy can best serve the poor, there can be a legitimate variety of approaches proposed, and therefore legitimate disagreement among voters and candidates for office. Secondly, solidarity can never be at the price of embracing a "disqualifying issue." Besides, when it comes to the unborn, abortion is a most grievous offense against solidarity, for the unborn are surely among society’s most needful. The right to life is a paramount issue because as Pope John Paul II says it is "the first right, on which all the others are based, and which cannot be recuperated once it is lost." If a candidate for office refuses solidarity with the unborn, he has laid the ground for refusing solidarity with anyone. 💘 Follow @Patricia.E.Paille for more 😉
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12311 hours ago
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13611 hours ago
S U F F E R I N G • If a man strikes thee on thy right cheek, turn the other cheek also toward him.
Why turn the other cheek? Because hate multiplies like a seed. If one preaches hate and violence to ten men in a row, and tells the first man to strike the second, and the second to strike the third, the hatred will envelop all ten. The only way to stop this hate is for one man (say the fifth in line), to turn his other cheek. Then the hatred ends. It is never passed on. Absorb violence for the sake of the Savior, Who will absorb sin and die for it. The Christian law is that the innocent shall suffer for the guilty - Fulton Sheen (The Life of Christ)
Señor mío y Dios mío, en este día que acaba he encontrado muchos motivos para seguirte. Durante todo el día pude evidenciar que estás en mí y que estoy en Ti. Pude evidenciar que tu presencia es fuerza para mí y me haces sentir en el corazón cosas hermosas. Quiero darte gracias al llegar la noche porque en el día he evidenciado que realmente eres Dios, que realmente me acompañas y que en realidad puedo confiar en Ti. Hoy no creo que haya nada que pueda separarme de Ti, no creo que haya nada que me haga pensar que no estás a mi lado. Gracias por iluminar mi vida en medio de la oscuridad, por venir a darme siempre la capacidad de ser lúcido. No permitas que me aleje nunca de Ti, porque te he conocido y para mí alejarme sería perder mucho más que la vida. Te entrego en esta noche mi corazón, te entrego mi ser entero como una muestra de confianza plena. Bendito y alabado seas por siempre, por todo lo que haces en mi vida.