I have made a list of realistic goals that I would like to work on.
They are basically building new habits/virtues on a daily basis on my spirituality, organization as well as time and money management. I feel that I need practice in communication, public speaking and presentation.
I feel that through prayer and meditation, I will continue to ask God the father, and Mother Mary to help me build upon these goals.
Please keep me in your prayers, as I will do likewise
I often think about how forgotten the first commandment is. We often justify our love of God, on how we are a good group of people.
Questions that ought to be consider are the following:
Have I treated people, events or things as more important than God?
Have I prayed on a daily basis?
Have I read the bible or other spiritual books (from holy people such as the saints)?
I have been going through some difficult moments for the past few weeks. It was the first time that I had to take a good look in the mirror to see that my words and actions have been reflecting the person that I did not want to be. I feel that I have not been living a good life though I calmed to believe that I have.
I went to a retreat where I reflected and contemplated on the person that I would like to imitate. Retreats are the best place to rest, pray, and reflect. Life runs at full speed, and sometimes we need those moments of tranquility in order to know what path we are walking in.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Yesterday, I went out with my friend to a restaurant. He thought I picked this certain location because it was close to his home. In reality, I chose it because Theology of Tap was being held there. “What is Theology on Tap?” my friend asked. Theology on Tap is a social gathering of Catholics/Christians at a bar or restaurant. The speaker was Colin Nykaa, Director of Young Adult Outreach for the Archdiocese of NY whose talk was on “Desire, Purpose, and Destiny: Embracing the Ache in Our Hearts.” I was very impressed and learned so much from Colin.
I never read Theology of the Body or Love and Responsibility by JPII. I tend to think about love and relationships in a very narrow lens and not the big picture that God has in mind. Everyone has this ache or longing in their hearts for something good, beautiful and eternal. Marriage shows that glimpse of love/happiness that a man and woman has for each other. However, your spouse cannot fill full that ache in your heart.
God Wants to Marry Me. What!? Yes, He loves us and wants to have that intimate relationship just like a bride and bride’s groom has. Marriage is suppose to show us that glimpse of heaven that God wants to shower us with His eternal love and commitment. Jesus said in one of His many parables:
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.”
Let us then take a look at engagement. One of my cousin received a proposal from her boyfriend on New Year’s Day. The boyfriend initiated the engagement by proposing her hand in marriage. She received his love by saying “yes.” Eventually, they will conceive children and become co-creators with God. This happens in every vocation such as married to the single life as well as priests and nuns. Our primary relationship with God works the same way as when we receive the Eucharist. Remember, God initiates, We receive and then we bear fruit.
1) Display a Nativity Scene in your Home
2) Pray the Joyful Mystery and read Bible passages of the prophesies of Christ’s coming and Jesus’ Birth
3) Place an Advent candle centerpiece in the center of your dining table
4) Rejoice and Sing Christmas songs that praise Mary and Jesus
5) Go to Church and be prepared for Christ’s birth by going to Confession.
6) Be with your family and be thankful to your parents
7) Almsgiving to the poor and others in need in remembrance of the poverty of the Holy Family.
8) If it snows, make a snow angle
9) Visit your neighbor and tell them of the Good News
10) Say Merry Christmas to the Mr. Scrooges.