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Be Still, Silent, Listen and Know God!

April 27, 2015

Silence and Know God

Be still and know God!

Easier said than done! Yet, to truly come to know God, we must become good listeners, capable of discerning what He has in mind for us. Think about it: Do you ever really hear what another person has to say, if you are talking over them? Why should it be any different with God? We need to be still, silent, and listen for God’s guidance.

Here’s an exercise to get you started on the right path:

  1. Find a quiet place where you will be undisturbed for 15 minutes.
  2. Get comfortable.
  3. Mentally, tune out the chatter Continue reading

Listen to God? What’s in it for You?

April 22, 2015

Listen to God 2 Let me give you some good advice: Listen to God as He speaks to you. Why? Because He has your best interests at heart. God wants only what is best for you. He has a good handle on everything. Let’s remember, He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (everywhere at one time) and omniscient (all-knowing); three very good adjectives to describe His power.

We, as humans, certainly do not have the full picture regarding anything, but He does. God is there to guide us on our journey. If we would be silent and listen, we would learn God’s plan for each of Continue reading

God Speaks: Are You Listening?

April 20, 2015

God Speaks

God would like to talk with you. How often are we guilty of sending vocal prayers upward, without listening for a response? Yet, we expect God to hear our prayers and do something about them.  Did it ever dawn on you that perhaps, just perhaps, the solution, the response needed to your prayer, might come in the form of listening to God speak? How does God speak to us, you ask?

If you are like me, your mind is constantly analyzing, assessing, deciding, working every moment of every day. I can’t seem to sit down and just be quiet Continue reading

Merry Christmas – Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas to all of my family and friends. Merry Christmas to my followers, who this past year have become my friends. Your interaction with me through Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, Pinterest and www.catholicbloggersnetwork.com have been an inspiration to me. Sharing in God’s love with you has been a source of joy for me. As we move into 2015 together, may we find God in the virtues, and make His presence known to those around us by practicing the virtues to live a happier life!

May God bless you and yours this Christmas season, and may you have a Continue reading

Sponsor a Child – Practice Compassion

December 3, 2014

Unbound

Practicing compassion can take many forms through the use of your time, talent and/or treasure. In this four part series, we’ll dive in and explore several opportunities for practicing compassion. Today let’s discuss the concept of what it means to:

Sponsor a Child

Back in 2005, we had a visiting priest come and speak to our parish about the opportunity to sponsor a child in a third world country, where living conditions were deplorable, yet the faith was ablaze. After Mass, I stopped by the table. I saw this picture of a small little Guatemalan girl, named Heydi, age 7. Continue reading

Embracing Compassion – Step into the Suffering

December 1, 2014

Embracing CompassionAmen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). Do you need any additional rationale for embracing compassion? When you care for those who suffer, you minister to the Lord, Himself! In Matt 10:42, Jesus states this same message slightly differently.  “And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple – amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” Jesus calls us to be Continue reading

What is Christ-Like Compassion?

November 26, 2014

Compassion

Compassion is defined as the desire to alleviate the suffering of another; to give care and concern. Compassion differs from pity in that compassion requires an act of charity, whereas pity requires only a feeling of sorrow for someone else’s suffering/situation. To have true compassion for someone means that you step into the sphere of suffering, without forming judgment, and you do what you can to alleviate the suffering of someone else. Sounds a little Christ-like, doesn’t it?

Think about it. The Word Incarnate became flesh; He stepped into humanity, with all of its suffering, and took upon Himself all Continue reading

Aiming for Gentleness – A Treasured Virtue

November 24, 2014

Practicing Gentleness

Does Gentleness Elude You?

Are you overly aggressive or assertive? If so, then assess your behavior to make positive change. Truthfulness and self-awareness are at the heart of this assessment. Be honest with yourself. Expressions of aggressive behavior are emotionally based, not reason based; where decisions and reactions stem from emotion, not facts. One needs to determine the underlying cause for reacting with emotion rather than reason.

How many times have you heard Dr. Phil say to someone, “How’s that been working for you?” He knows that aggressive/overly-assertive behavior does not produce wanted results.

Gentleness requires use Continue reading