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Embrace Unselfishness During Lent

UnselfishnessBe honest with yourself: How often do you place your own needs and desires ahead of anyone else’s? If I am going to be honest with myself, I do it far more than I would like to admit. Why? Because it is human nature – self-preservation! Yet, that is no excuse for not embracing the virtue of unselfishness.

Unselfishness can be defined as:

  • the emptying of one’s own wishes and desires for the total fulfillment of God’s will
  • the betterment of the common good
  • love of one’s fellow man

How to Incorporate Unselfishness in Our Lives

  1. Think of others more, and of yourself less (embrace humility). For example, think of how you can be of service to others, rather than Continue reading

Find Joy in Lenten Sacrifices

Joy

Lenten SacrificesI know some people who dread the season of Lent because all they can see is sacrifice and loss and they don’t want to participate in either. They don’t want to give anything up for Lent. Nor, do they want to refrain from eating meat on Fridays. In addition, little to no interest exists in giving of their time and/or talent for the love of God and neighbor. Yet, sacrifice has a purpose meant to draw us closer to God. We can find joy in Lenten sacrifices.

Those who do wish to partake in the Lenten season usually give up their favorite foods/drink. Others sacrifice their free time and use it to do good deeds for others. This year my Continue reading

Seek Piety During Lent

Seek PietyMany people overlook the virtue of piety, as if it is a virtue out of their grasp. Such folks believe that only the Saints can claim a right to piety. But that’s not true. Every Saint in Heaven was once a sinner, just like you and me. Yet, every Saint, once living on earth, would seek piety – there’s the difference!

There is nothing wrong, or odd, with:

  • Living a holy life in accordance with Divine Revelation
  • Having a reverence for all things holy, especially God, family and country
  • Keeping God’s Commandments and following His Beatitudes
  • Worshiping God and doing good for others out of reverence for God

This is piety!

Seek Piety

Lent is the perfect time to embrace Continue reading

Seeking and Giving Forgiveness

Giving ForgivenessLent is a great time to not only seek God’s forgiveness, but to grant forgiveness to others, as well. When we seek God’s forgiveness, we make right our relationships with God. When we seek or give forgiveness to others, we make right our relationships with our neighbor. Seeking forgiveness from God seems much easier than seeking or giving forgiveness to others. Wouldn’t you agree?

When we seek forgiveness from God, we know that He hears us and is quick to forgive. For that, we express gratitude. Yet, we humans tend not to be so quick to seek and give forgiveness when it come to our fellow men. Sometimes, we hold back from seeking forgiveness from others because we fear rejection. Continue reading

Seeking and Giving Mercy

Giving MercyMany of us are quick to seek mercy. But how about giving mercy? I doubt we are as quick to give mercy as we are to seek mercy. That’s human nature at work. We run to Our Lord and ask for His mercy every time we sin. In His graciousness, He is quick to grant our request.  So, why don’t we run to grant mercy when someone hurts our feelings?

Unlike God, who knows everything, we need time to assess the situation, determine the extent of the offense, and evaluate the depth of hurt. Only then can we mete out the necessary amount of mercy warranted.

I recently had an exchange with someone on Facebook Messenger for which I Continue reading

Repenting Requires True Contrition

True ContritionIt’s not enough to say, “I’m sorry.” True contrition means that in the depths of our souls we seek a conversion of heart. We want to change our ways, with the goal of becoming a better person in the eyes of God and neighbor. That’s true repentance; true contrition of heart. Yet, how often do we slip back into repetitive sin?

Identifying the Root Cause of Our Sins

Lent is the perfect time to dig deep and learn the reason(s) why we commit the same sins repeatedly. There is a root cause, and that root cause usually pertains to one of the seven deadly sins.

Lent and My Spiritual Closet

Spiritual ClosetHave you decided yet how you will make the most of this Lenten season that begins today – Ash Wednesday? I find this time of year to be quite cathartic, in that I use it to make things right with God. In essence, I clean out my “spiritual closet.” I look for those things in my life that I want to keep, such as prayer time, good deeds, etc. and find a dedicated place for them in my spiritual closet. Then, I find those areas of my life that need to be tossed – you know – those sins that need to be thrown out. I take them to the Confessional and leave them with God. He knows what to Continue reading

Life’s Greatest Lesson – Book Review

Life's Greatest LessonIf you are looking for a quick read that sets your heart aglow, then you will want to pick up a copy of Life’s Greatest Lesson, by Allen R. Hunt.  We can all use a feel-good story every now and then, and this one is a winner! In this charming story, we meet 10-year-old Christopher Grace, the first-born grandson of Lavish Grace. Christopher, and his Grandpa, Tom Grace, tell us all about Lavish through various interactions and stories.

Grandma was one special lady. Her passing brought all kinds of people to her funeral. Throughout Lavish’s life, she poured love on everyone, exemplifying the virtues of love and generosity.

Life’s Greatest Lesson

Grandma Lavish lived by the credo and Continue reading