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As You Loved Me

As You Loved Me

What does it mean to you to hear the command to love others as Jesus has loved you? In going through my prayer cards, I found the following prayer that answers that question and crystallizes what we discussed in the last post titled, Charity, a.k.a. Love. I hope you like it:

 

 

“As You Love Me”

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness, Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of   charity, inflame my heart with love for You and those around me.

Grant, O Lord, that every moment of this day, in all my dealings with   others, I may keep in mind Your words, “as long as you did it to one of these   My least brethren, Continue reading

Charity, a.k.a Love

Love one another

The virtue of Charity is also known by the name of Love, used interchangeably throughout theological and scriptural texts, because love expressed in a charitable manner is that of self-giving love; the giving of your time, talent and treasure to your neighbor. Charity is defined as loving God for God’s sake, along with the love of neighbor in the same manner and to the same extent that we love ourselves. This definition falls in line with the biblical passage, where Jesus addresses the Pharisees:

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the First Commandment. The second is like it: You shall love Continue reading

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).

Hope does not disappoint. Hope Continue reading

The “Our Father”

Our Father

 

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,

Forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those who Continue reading

Does Goodness Depend on God?

Father Barron

I saw this syndicated article in my local Catholic newspaper. It is an excellent article from Father Robert Barron on goodness’ dependence on God. – A must read!

Does Goodness Depend on God?

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God will conduce automatically to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people, etc.

What I would like to do is lay out, in very brief compass, Continue reading

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

Embracing Hope – Part I of III

 

Beatitudes III

 

 

Why are the Beatitudes so important and how do they relate to our lives? The Beatitudes show us the path that will lead us through the trials of life and what we can expect with hope, through the grace of Jesus Christ. Yet at the same time they confront us with decisive moral choices (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1723). We will cover a detailed look at the Beatitudes in conjunction with Hope, in this three part series, looking at the first three Beatitudes in this post:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 5:3). – Here, poor in spirit pertains to an acknowledgement of our complete dependence on God. Continue reading