What are you willing to do for God?

When I consider all that I have to be grateful for and how seldom I express that gratitude to God, I feel sad.  I want to love Him so much more than I do now, which is so much less than He deserves.  He sent His Son Jesus to suffer and die so that I could live forever with Him in heaven. Yet I am so quick to complain of little discomforts and balk at giving of my time or money, not to mention fasting or doing anything I don’t feel like doing.

If I love Jesus and He suffered so much out of love for me, why am I so unwilling to sacrifice my self-will in even the smallest thing? James said that “faith without works is dead” so live that is only words would be worth very little.

Heavenly Father, You commanded us to love You “with all our heart, soul and strength”. Help me to put You first, to give You more than words, to spend time with You in prayer. Help me to obey You in everything sine those who love You are those who follow Your commandments. For all the times and ways I fail, I trust in Your merciful love.

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Will “tolerance” work both ways?

Society including Christians permit gay common-law unions (and now legal marriage throughout the United States) without interference? Some gay people are not satisfied to have their unions permitted. They insist that that everyone agree with them and persecute any who disagree for religious or conscience reasons. Where is the evidence of  “tolerance” on their part?
 
The verb “tolerate” is defined as “allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference”. According to J. Warner Wallace: “Tolerance is now the act of recognizing and embracing all views as equally valuable and true, even though they often make opposite truth claims. According to this redefinition of tolerance, anything other than acceptance and approval is narrow and bigoted.”
 
The dictionary definition and the cultural expectation of tolerance contradict one another. True tolerance does not demand agreement; that’s dogmatism.  Gays and atheists expect us to be tolerant of their beliefs and practices in the cultural sense of the word yet they are not even tolerant of the rest of us in the dictionary sense. This is not very “tolerant” behaviour.
 
The vote of the Supreme Court was 5 to 4, hardly an overwhelming majority. What might have been the result if this question had been addressed through a referendum? What about those who disagree? Will their freedom of speech and moral convictions be honoured? 
 
Genuinely “tolerant” gays will marry if they wish and have their unions validated by those willing to do so.  There is no shortage of clergymen and those of other professions willing to provide services to gay couples.  They would not demand to have their marriages celebrated by those whose consciences forbid it then persecute them for refusing.  That is NOT tolerance by either the dictionary or cultural definition.
 
Will the increase in “gay rights” result in a decrease in “rights” to freedom of religion and speech for the rest of us?  

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A Square Can Be So Much More

kittyskorner:

This inspires me to knit and crochet even though my skills are really basic.

Originally posted on Andrea Squared:

Have you ever wondered about the secret language we use on the Knit-a-square forum? Over time, we’ve evolved squares into warm garments to help combat a distinct lack of warm clothing. Thanks to KAS, little bodies can be warm, dry and protected.Go-Over

The Go-Over does just that – it is a sweater that is meant to “go over” other layers of clothes for extra warmth. They are typically heavy duty and feature a wide neck and ample armholes. Think: acrylic worsted weight.

The Go-Over uses 16 squares, four for the front, back and each sleeve. You can also make it in one piece from the neck down or from the bottom up. I’ve tried both ways, individual squares and in one piece. While it goes faster when you’re making it with squares, it does take longer to put together. I make the sleeves the way you would with a traditional sweater, less wide at the wrist, increasing as you go up the sleeve.

Slip-OverA Slip-Over

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If you knew, what would you change?

Imagine that a visionary told you and that you were utterly convinced that Jesus’ Second Coming would happen sometime within the next few weeks (though not exactly when since “no one knows the day or the hour”).  Consider the following questions:

1.  How would you feel?

2.  What would you start doing regularly or do more often than you do it now?

3.  What would you do that you know you need to do but have been procrastinating about?

4.   What would you do less often or stop doing altogether?

5.   What would move to the top of your list of priorities?

When I shared with my husband my answers to questions 2 and 4, he asked me what stops me from doing or refraining from those things?  My answer to this could be summarized in these three things: gluttony, sloth and self-will.

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How important is it to show your face online?

I just finished reading Twitter for Dummies which was published in 2009. I don’t know if there’s a newer edition or if the authors have changed their opinion about this.

They strongly recommend putting a picture of yourself on your Twitter profile. I currently have the same fractal image on all the platforms I use and prefer to keep it that way.

One thing I like about communicating online is that it’s the only place where I’m judged on what I write and not at all based on how I look. Maybe I’m a bit odd but I don’t like my picture taken or shown and only use mirrors when necessary.

How do you perceive Twitterers, Facebook users or bloggers who have a picture of something or perhaps no picture at all on their profile? Do you mistrust them or does it not make any difference?

Is there a compelling reason for me to replace my fractal with a photo of myself on Twitter and Facebook?

If you are not showing a picture of yourself on your Twitter, Facebook or blog page, what is your most compelling reason for this decision.  If one of these platforms suddenly made this mandatory, what would you do?


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Non-physical violence

When we say no to violence, we always imagine a knife, a bomb, a gun. However, to me, violence is caused by our attitude. For example, telling people that they are good for nothing, that they are lazy, and that they are this, and that they are that. I think this a great violence. If you and I could only make that one strong resolution that we will say ‘no’ to violence, and say ‘yes’ to peace by our kindness, by our attitude towards each other, even in a small thing — a smile when we meet each other, it would help more than anything.”  – Mother Teresa

If we are filled with the fruit of the Spirit, we will do no violence with our words.  Instead the words we speak will bring healing and restoration.  

Lord grant that my words will never be critical or judgemental but only kind.

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Starting to wear head-covering

After prayer and discernment, I have started wearing a head covering whenever I go out and most of the time at home.

In 2008 on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I started wearing it only at Mass.  I have a few friends who cover full-time and asked one of them why she does this.  She pointed me to this article: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/headcoverings.aspx.  I had been feeling the desire to start covering full-time but didn’t want to unless I could clearly articulate to myself why I was doing it.  It was during the weekend of our 2011 Congress when I realized this inspiration and direction was from God and decided to obey Him.  

For several days I checked out styles and tying techniques on You Tube and asked my husband’s opinion about the various options.  He was not opposed to my doing this but there were some styles he definitely did not like.

My first day of covering full-time was on Oct 7th which is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Some people ask me why I started doing this and my response varied depending on who was asking me.

  • Our Lady asked me to.
  • It is a reminder that I’m in God’s presence
  • It is an expression of my consecration to Jesus.
  • For religious reasons.

This has had an impact on how I dress both at home and in public.  The only time I don’t wear a skirt is for visits to my chiropractor, when I’m doing a workout (at home only) and for chores. The kind of covering I wear at home is smaller and lighter and doesn’t cover my hair completely or my ears.  

This is not a decision I made lightly. It was a lifetime commitment.  Since this is something that  I’m doing out of loving obedience to God, there is no good reason to stop.  What message would that give to others who had asked my reason for wearing a covering if I were to stop?



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