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I See Christ in You

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I wrote this poem for a loved one. I tried to express my compassion and understanding for the difficult time and circumstances he experienced. Yet, when all was said and done, it was his demeanor and Christ-like behavior that buoyed my spirits and truly helped me to see Christ in him; to fully understand the hope found in the Beatitudes.

This poem was first published at Catholicmom.com on March 4, 2016.

 

 

 

I See Christ in You

 

When others demand that you act a certain way,

And do certain things the way they prefer,

And you follow your conscience and act in Godly ways,

I see your poverty of spirit.

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Grandma and Timmy’s Hope!

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Grandma and Timmy’s Story of Hope

Timmy was waiting by the front window for Grandma to arrive. “Will she remember me?” thought the little four-year old. Timmy remembered Grandma’s sweet perfume, and soft cheeks. He loved her laugh. He was bursting at the seams waiting for her arrival. Then, he saw the car pull up in the driveway. Daddy ran around from the driver’s side and opened the passenger door. There was Grandma! The wait was over!

Timmy ran out the front door and dashed into Grandma’s arms. He hugged her tight, never wanting to let her go. “Grandma, it’s so good to see you,” Timmy said excitedly. “I’ve missed you!” It was only after getting his hug, that Timmy Continue reading

What Do You Wish for in the New Year?

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Wish! Make a wish!

It’s a new year, with new beginnings; filled with hope for better tomorrows. What is it that you would like to see happen this year? Where does your hope lie? For me, I wish for the usual things, like good health for Nick and me. However, when I broaden my horizons and begin to think of others, I wish, and pray, mostly for peace.

I actually pray for those who have sworn allegiance to ISIS. I wonder how many others pray for them like I do. Do you pray for them? I pray (and wish) for their conversion of hearts; that these individuals come to realize that God does not condone violence in any way. I Continue reading

Surprise!

Faith Hop and Charity

As we close out our reflections on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and before we move on to the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice, I thought we might take a little breather and sit back and enjoy one of the greatest Christian hymns ever written, sung by one of my favorite artists, accompanied on guitar by one of the best guitarists of all time. I hope you enjoy it!

This song speaks of faith, hope and love. What a wonderful way to end a discussion on the theological virtues!

Next up is the virtue of Prudence. What is Prudence? We’ll discuss that in our next reflection on the virtue of Prudence. Don’t miss it!

Expectation of Everlasting Life

Hope in the LordDo you expect to receive everlasting life? As we conclude our series on the virtue of Hope, we see that “Hope adorns the will…as it strengthens our expectation for the gift of everlasting life and steadies us against the temptation to despair of it or to presume willy-nilly on receiving it1 We hope for the gift of everlasting life because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to obtain redemption for our sins. Through His sacrifice, we have the hope of one day experiencing eternal life with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, we do not despair, for Christ died once, for all, so that we might have life (1 Thessalonians 5:10).

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The “Our Father”

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What requests have been answered by God for you as a result of your praying the Our Father? How has that filled you with hope? Our Lord knew that once He would ascend to Heaven forty days after Easter, that we would need assistance to stay the course for living a virtuous life. Therefore, He taught us how to pray; how to request the assistance we would need; He gave us the “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9-14).

 

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread and,

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Embracing Hope – Part III of III

 

Beatitudes II

How do peacemaking and persecution relate to hope? Today we conclude our discussion on the Beatitudes by focusing on these two attributes and their relationship to hope.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9). If left completely up to humanity, there would be little hope for peace; for we exist with discord and conflict raging around us and within us. To obtain true peace, we must first reconcile ourselves with God and then with each other. If we are reconciled with God, then we can be the light of peace and harmony for others by the virtue of how we live our own lives. Thusly, we give hope to others Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part II of III

 

Beatitudes 1How do righteousness, mercy and cleanliness of heart bring us hope? Today we will discuss these attributes in detail regarding their relationship to hope.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6). Here, righteousness means salvation by God. Therefore, if we hunger and thirst for Heaven, we will conduct ourselves morally in such a manner that would be pleasing to God. To accomplish His will and to live in a morally upright manner, we place ourselves before God and hope for His assistance to live a virtuous life.  The hunger and desire for righteousness would then extend out beyond us, seeking social justice for the marginalized and oppressed. Continue reading