Trust me. Two short words. One simple sentence. Placing your trust in another is easier said than done. Your response to hearing these words may vary pending on the circumstance and message bearer. From a salesperson to your spouse, from decisions on spending your money to your time, we are all confronted with the reality of trust on multiple levels every single day.
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“I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
The Apostles of the Interior Life recently offered a women’s retreat at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas that I was fortunate enough to attend. The retreat was based on a passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel: “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of Heaven.” (Mt. 13:11) Spending the majority of the weekend meditating on Heaven was a unique experience, as I admittedly don’t ponder heaven as often as I should. From the beautiful words the Apostles spoke, I was reminded that Heaven should never be far from my thoughts. After all, how can I truly live my life with the hope of ending up in a place I know nothing about?
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The human body is one of God’s most miraculous and wonderful creations. Each of us is fashioned in His image and likeness, but uniquely put together to glorify God in our physical being. St. Paul confirms this truth in his writings to the Corinthians. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20) As good stewards of these beautiful gifts, we have a responsibility to properly care for, nourish, and love our bodies, then to offer them to God for His service. No one has given us a better example of bodily service than our Blessed Mother.
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TRADITION. “The transmission of custom or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.” As the calendar turns to September the pageantry, excitement, and traditions of football churn into gear.
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Death scares me. As much as I hate to admit it, I feel afraid when confronted with my mortality. Even with the belief and knowledge that Christ overcame death for my sake, I still feel uncertain and anxious about my soul’s eternal home. Acknowledging that this fear signifies a sinful lack of trust on my part, I have been praying for courage and peace in this matter. Jesus himself instructs us to “not be anxious about tomorrow” but to trust in Him, live in Him, and die in Him (Mt. 6:34). And it is only through death that we can live in eternal joy with Christ Jesus in heaven. Continue reading “Healing, Forgiveness, and Eternal Life”
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” These words attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta came into my life early this summer as my 17 year-old son and I journeyed to Haiti. Continue reading “What I Learned in Haiti”