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Zeal: Is Your Heart Afire for Christ? If Not, Why Not?

Zeal Hearts AfireZeal, either the interest and passion burns within you, or it does not. You can’t fake zeal, just like you can’t fake true love. Zeal will come when you open your mind, heart and soul to God and place Him first in your life. It will light a fire within you when you give your life over to God, completely, for Him to do with as He wills. Zeal will abound. You will feel compelled to openly profess your faith with the zeal of the saints.

Zeal: Is your heart afire for Christ?

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Why Embrace Zeal Today?

St Louis de Monfort

To embrace zeal is to take that intense interest and passion for God and faith, and act upon your strong desire to please God, based upon knowledge of what is true, tempered with love and humility. For example, the love of God and faith is so strong that persecuted Christians will not temper their zeal. No degree of violence and coercion will make a zealous person deny Christ, when that person is zealous about the Christian faith. The atrocities that we see happening in the Middle East against Christians, only serves to create many more saints who are martyred for Continue reading

Zealous Behavior: What is It? What Can it Do for You and Me?

Zealous Behavior Zeal is a sense of enthusiasm, coupled with intense interest and passion for God and one’s faith. Zeal inspires us to put God and one’s faith above all else; to think big and to do big things in the name of Christ; to see a need and to do all that we can to fill that need for others. Sounds like a tall order doesn’t it? Well, what I describe could be applied as a characteristic trait of any given saint.

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Get Wisdom and Change the World!

Get Wisdom

How do you get Wisdom? Through the persistence of prayer, along with the opening of our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit, we may be graced with the gift of Wisdom. In my opinion, Blessed Mother Teresa is the best example of a human being that possessed Wisdom. She saw Christ in everyone. Her heart and mind were always open to doing the Lord’s will. She was filled with compassion and love for everyone around her, because she viewed the world through God’s eyes. She saw the deplorable living conditions of the people of Calcutta, India. She heard the Continue reading

Why should you choose Wisdom?

 

Gods WisdomWhy would you want to choose Wisdom? Well, do you want to know God better? If so, what better way than to see the world through God’s eyes; to hear the joys and sorrows with His ears; to feel the love coming from His heart. How intimate is that? I can think of no better way of knowing God better than to ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of Wisdom, and then uniting my will to God’s will.

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Way of Wisdom – Both Gift and Virtue

way-of-wisdom Upon seeking the Holy Spirit’s counsel, discerning information, gaining knowledge and deepening our understanding, we grow wiser with wisdom, through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom is both a gift of the Holy Spirit and a virtue. It graces us with the knowledge and understanding of that which comes from God and that which does not. This gift allows us to obtain “an understanding heart that knows how to distinguish good from evil” (1 Kings 3:9). To obtain this gift, we must have an open heart and mind and be docile to the Holy Spirit.

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Understanding Priestly Ordination

Christ the High Priest

Within the Catholic Church, priestly ordination continues to be reserved for males only. This is predominantly because of the fundamental reasons described by Saint Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.   “These reasons include: the example recorded in the Sacred Scriptures of Christ choosing his Apostles only from among men; the constant practice of the Church, which has imitated Christ in choosing only men; and her living teaching authority which has consistently held that the exclusion of women from the priesthood is in accordance with God’s plan for his Church.” 1

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Understanding Use of Contraception

marriage

Contraception: What’s the Big Deal?

Sexual union is reserved for married spouses and spouses are to be opened to new life.1 I expressed this teaching of the Catholic Church to a family member one day, and the response I got was “enter the 21st century!” What this family member failed to realize is that God’s teachings are timeless and need not be “revamped” for the 21st century. When God created marriage at the dawn of mankind, He deemed it to be a covenantal relationship between spouses to share their love and to procreate (Gen 1: 28), of Continue reading