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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Charity Aboundeth




 We meet them wherever we are and whatever we are doing, from going to the store and exchanging cash with the clerk to that waitress who spent 5 minutes to make our latte exactly the way we want it; the newspaper carrier who dutifully places our morning chronicle by the our door every morning, or even that someone who thought to hold the door for us. 

We meet people every day who do favors for us, many of which go unnoticed and aren't ‘paid forward.' Little things, big things, and seemingly quaint acts of kindness are noticed and returned are as much as our observing of a solitary flower in an open field.  Look at Jesus’ life. His actions and reactions spoke volumes at how we should behave as Catholics.

I think it’s important one should at least work in the service industry at least once or twice in their life because by doing so, their perceptions regarding people, human nature, charity, etc…- if the experience is taken in the right manner- will definitely change versus those who have never worked, or ever understood that field.
These perceptions I speak of- are in a sense- related to the Christian world view of Charity. It has been preached, taught, and even literature speaks of the need to be charitable, including to those we don’t know. Customer Service, public service, or military service happens to embody that ideal perfectly in their professional developments. 

    Smile


A smile is like a bright ray in the storm. A simple free gift of love and kindness, but seldom given freely. Be genuine. Let your smiles irradiate those around you. It’s hard to stay grumpy when you force a smile.
“Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

    

 

   

 

    Listen

God gave us one mouth and 2 ears for a reason. No greater respect and charity is given than to listen, not to reply, but to understand.

     Peace

Tranquility, serenity, or pax, is much needed in our world and our associations with others. It is the result of simplicity, contentment, gratitude, and self-possession. One cannot have serenity if they are always anxious and letting situations, people and other aspects get the better of them. ‘Roll with punches’ and let it ‘slide off your back’.  Our inward peace of spirit is manifested on the outside and can be visible to all- either for the betterment or detriment of our neighbor. Never forget that.    

“Never be in a hurry. Do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” –St. Francis De Sales

    Receive and Give

Receive everyone we meet with genuine sincerity, attentiveness, and kindness regardless of who they are, their background, beliefs, and etc.… I think Jesus would’ve done the same.
 With advancement in technology- it’s terribly hard I know- when associating in the presence of others give them your wholehearted consideration and attention without the self-directed distraction of our devices. Just as the Blessed Virgin lovingly looked on and never faltered in her attentiveness to her Son- it’s the least we can do in today’s age. Pay it forward. 

This not a conclusive list of how to be charitable, just a few ideas. Call it professional courtesy.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Farewell 2015; Hello 2016


Dear 2015,

You had your moments, but there was always a bright flower at the end of it all. Minutes, days, weeks, and months passed by like an ever-changing river set on its elusive course. 

Opportunities and perceptions came and went. I wised up a year. It was a busy year. People came and gone, some filled a void while others created some. Change is elemental to life. 

(It's how we deal with it. When society and culture are hastening with a quickening descent into a swirling pool of madness, it is hard to always be on top of things  spiritually and physically speaking, but as John Wayne would say about such a situation, 'Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.' 
 It's difficult to always be strong but we can continue to pick the shambles of ourselves up and keep on keeping on with the complete Faith in God to spur us on. [This seems reminiscent of my pilgrimage "a-ha" moments.])

The concept of time is ever changing. Sometimes, it creeps as a snail slowly meanders across a road. Other times it rushes by like a snorting Mustang on a freeway. 
One thing is certain, the past of time happens in the blink of an eye. Where did time go? It disappeared quickly as it came, leaving memories, wisdom, friends, experiences and nostalgia in its silent wake.

Everything happens for a reason, no doubt; motive unseen until far after its completion, even then some things are better left unbeknownst. 

When the proverbial 'time marches on,' 'the racetrack of life,' or 'live life to the fullest' ethoses are tossed around, one thing is certain- God has His creative hand in everything. It is comforting to know that Someone bigger and more powerful than us is always there, watching, listening, admonishing, guiding, and soothing. He's got our six so to speak, if we only let Him. 

CS Lewis #quotes #inspiration: I want to close with an excerpt from a post I had written one-a-half years ago. 


"We go through life, marching along and at times, stumbling along. We occasionally cross and briefly intertwine with the paths of other people, who for a short time impress something of themselves on us and then suddenly, they leave us as quickly as they came. We become hardened and strengthened by life’s ups and downs and the experiences it teaches and yet, we are still feeling the pain of some of these woes, we become helpless, disillusioned, depressed and impatient.

"We, the pilgrims, will inevitably become tired, weak, overwhelmed, and daunted by how many life-miles we have walked, the personal blisters which formed, the inward aches and pains that never seem to go away. All this and more may slow us down or even knock us out of the track of life. We may have many crosses to bear. We may wish to forsake the Faith and give up because it is difficult to continue.

"Just as a pilgrimage is physically strenuous, so must be the pilgrimage of our lives. We have covered many miles thus far, but we have many, many more to go. The priests and religious are with us to encourage us on, prodding us to continue our earthly trek until we reach our eternal camp in that celestial city. The clergy and religious have and are no exceptions while on this earthly pilgrimage.
"They are not special people where they are immune to the whims of the Devil. They are human and subjected to the same temptations, hurts, feelings and woes of this life.
By their exemplary example, the laity can continue on with a hope that we will enter that everlasting camp with a joyous expectation of a beautiful and peaceful rest."

 2016, may you be an another good year, full of opportunity, growth, wisdom, and excitement.   

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Elysian Peace





It's interesting how when one has time outside of teaching for some personal activity, the first choice of respite is usually running away with oneself; watching movies cuddled up on the sofa or in one's bed betwixt the soft and cozy materials; maybe indulging oneself with some reading, and shopping when funds allow; listening to music; exercise; vitamins; and maybe some writing on the side if one has time and the mental capabilities to do so.

I came up with this piece quite recently. Those who are familiar with me may know the meanings behind this, but those who don't- hope you enjoy. :)



Elysian Peace

Seated above the sublime scene below,
Dreamily gazing across the land.
Diamond shards grace the luminescent and ethereal dust,
running in river-like fashion across the sky.
They echo down, down into the depths yonder still.

This ancient god of treasured land,
fought to keep his bounty fair,
whilst the fugacious river looked on.
Towering sentries beckons one who wearily wanders well.

With promised respite,
one wonders as they wander
amidst the elyisan latitude,
letting themself soar. 
He eloquently tugs at my ear,
envelops me in gentle, circling sweeps.
 I am not alone on this stately crag.

The mystic river of old,
full of dreamy and memorable hiraeth,
entices me out of my revelrous thoughts.
Things that are, that will be, that have been,
No longer daunts me.

Seated here above abyss and dirt,
gazing across earth and space,
Betwixt din and stillness.
Lies only my heart,
only my heart, who waits for Him.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

'Silent Acquiescence to Evil'


During this time of the Synod, many effects have originated from it and many, if not most, have not been positive ones.
 The correlations between this country's politics and affairs of state are vastly similar to the ones at the Vatican. 

The Vatican, it would seem, is diminishing if not out right compromising the Catholic Faith by meddling into the structure and composition of the family and marriage; polarizing divorce; trivializing Confession and Holy Communion, etc... Why?

The Catholic Church is not supposed to compromise the Faith, its teachings and doctrines, especially of morality, to the whims of some of its members and, most of all,  to the Pope.  The games played by politicians and heads of state for control of the many, by the few, only result in loss of true liberty, life, and souls.
It is simple to answer because these modern day events are a by-product of Vatican II, and like St. Pius X once said in PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS, that Modernism is the "Synthesis of all heresies." 

speak out for truth and justice, and don't let anyone silence you. Be that person you wish would just stand up in society.: He enumerates further with...
"For it is madness to think that the sentiment of liberty, as it is now spread abroad, can surrender. Were it forcibly confined and held in bonds, terrible would be its outburst, sweeping away at once both Church and religion. Such is the situation for the Modernists, and their one great anxiety is, in consequence, to find a way of conciliation between the authority of the Church and the liberty of believers."
  One can ascertain, "Where does the lay person fit into all of this?" The laity can do much, but if we all sit on the side-lines and remain complacent and comfortable, then how does that show our enthusiasm and love for the game?

To quote a much beloved priest, "Catholicism is not a spectator sport!"

 Now comes the separation of the chaff from the wheat, the goat from sheep, the sheep from the wolf, and the wolf in sheep's clothing. It is an arduous and uncomfortable task, but it will be worth it in the end. By our Lady's intercession, it will not be too terrible.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: