Thursday, 6 October 2016

Marriage in Heaven? - A Beautiful Article

I had to post this entire article on my blog (all credit goes to catholicconvert.com and the author Steve Ray - http://www.catholicconvert.com/blog/2015/02/19/marriage-in-heaven-will-we-know-and-love-our-spouses-in-heaven/comment-page-1/#comment-351966) because it's one of the most beautiful I've ever read and answered all my questions I had about this topic. I've always wondered and thought about it, and instead of writing down my thoughts after reading this, I thought I would post the whole thing, since every word is perfectly written! So please enjoy and be inspired!

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My dad died almost five years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will not be married” in heaven.


I wrote the following to comfort my Mom…


Mom, I know it is important to you since Dad’s death as you look forward to eternity and speculate about relationships in heaven. It is important to me too, knowing I want to be with my wife Janet in heaven.


You quoted Mark 12:25 from the Living Bible where it says husbands and wives “won’t be married in heaven.” It is the Living Bible translation – which is not a translation but a paraphrase – that renders the words “they won’t be married.” The paraphrased Living Bible takes great liberties and is quite inaccurate.


Here is how other Protestant translations translate the verse (since I know you like the Protestant translations even though the Catholic Bibles word it the same):


The King James Version renders it:
“For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.”



New American Standard Bible says:
“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”



New International Version (NIV) says:
“When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”



No reputable translation translates this in a way to deny there are people continuing in love with earthly spouses. The original Greek language says there is no giving or taking in marriage. In other words, there will be no weddings in heaven.


Interestingly it says that before the flood the people were “marrying and giving in marriage” until the flood came. But after the flood Noah and his wife in the ark were still married :-)  


There will be male and female distinctions in heaven. Jesus appeared as male after his resurrection. Mary is seen in heaven as a woman (Revelation 12:1). Marriage will be known in heaven since the Church is the Bride and there will be the great marriage in heaven with Jesus the Bridegroom and the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).


The Pharisees set up a trap for Jesus in Mark 12:18-27. They propose a situation with seven brothers. The first marries a wife and dies with no children. The second brother “takes” the woman to procreate children for his brother. This was the law of the Jews — a brother must take the wife of his dead brother to preserve his brother’s name in the land by propagating offspring for him with his widow.) This happens seven times. Who’s wife will she be in heaven.


The woman who was the wife of the seven brothers did not marry the seven brothers.  She married the first and was given to the six in order to procreate children in the name of the first.  All their children would be credited to her first husband who was her true love and spouse.


Jesus is not intending to teach on relationships in heaven but he is refuting the Sadducees’ denial of the existence of angels and the resurrection. He is cleverly eluding their question and in no way denies husbands and wives will know and love each other in heaven. This is not a treatise on relationships in heaven but a clever response to his opponents about the existence of the supernatural world.


The purpose for marriage was companionship and procreation. The propagation of children and the population of the earth was God’s plan for marriage on earth. The meeting of sperm and egg will not be needed in heaven.”Marital love” to produce children will not happen in heaven so marriage in that sense will not exist. But that does not eliminate the continuance of earthly relationship.


We will recognize each other in heaven just as the three disciples recognized Moses and Elijah on the mount of Transfiguration and John recognized Mary in heaven (Rev 12:1). 


Family and matrimony are very important in Scripture and the way God fashioned the universe and created man and woman to be one flesh. There must be spiritual discernment here. The reason why the Jews buried family members together is because they will rest together in heaven. There is a spiritual permanence to family. And an extraordinarily strong spiritual permanence to matrimony. This is why it is described as “one flesh”.


We will not know and love less in heaven – we will know and love more. And can we comprehend that God would command us to love each other down here and would expect us to forget or deny that love in heaven?


Interestingly, Doctor of the Church St. John Chrysostom, in writing on fidelity in marriage said that young husbands should tell their wives, “I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us.… I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you. (CCC 2365, St. John Chrysostom, Hom. in Eph. 20, 8: PG 62, 146–147.)


Nothing in Scripture leads us to believe that relationships between spouses will be eliminated. There is every reason to believe relations will be maintained in heaven though for different reasons – enhanced reasons which we will understand when we get there.


We cannot understand our new spiritual bodies and heavenly existence any more than a caterpillar can comprehend what it will be like to be a butterfly. We cannot anticipate how personal relationships will flower in glory any more than acorn can anticipate standing 50 feet tall.


I’m convinced you and dad will have a wonderful and much better relationship. It will be different. We cannot even comprehend how much better or more in love we’ll be with our spouses, any more than an unborn baby can speculate about the taste of a delicious steak dinner.

Referring to Jesus’ words J. Vernon McGee 9 (one of your favorite Baptist preachers) writes, “This doesn’t mean that a man and a woman who were together down here can’t be together in heaven. They won’t be together as man and wife. They are not establishing a home up there, nor are they raising children. That’s the thing that He’s saying to them here.”


Marriage is an earthly word to serve an earthly purpose. Marital relationships, on the other hand, will transcend time because love is forever. Faith and hope will pass away but love will never pass away (1 Cor 13:13).


Dad is sitting in his favorite chair having coffee with Our Lord Jesus waiting for you to arrive to love you better than ever before. In the meantime he is praying for you and very intent on your we’ll being.


(Thanks to De Maria for suggestions and insights which I have included)


Further thoughts from Whalter:


The divine declaration was that it was “not good for the man to be alone” (Gen 2:18) The text reveals that God and the man enjoyed a genuine, interactive relationship in the pristine environment of the garden (Gen 2:15-19, 17; 3:8­-9), but God had created man as a relational being a being with capacity for a relationship with God, as well as a capacity, indeed, need for relationship with others like himself.  


 This divinely created need for companionship and relationship was part of the original creation to which the new creation returns. Granted, after man’s lapse into sin in the garden, the need for relationship in humanity was seriously marred and deformed. 

But, did God declare a law of marriage in a perfect world?  There are no such law. There were no laws of marriage imposed on Adam and Eve either. The only laws were “Don’t eat from that tree” and ” Be fruitful, start multiplying”.


They were made man and wife. In a perfect world, no laws of marriage were needed…But, they were commanded to have sex and multiply. This is what made Adam and Eve to be man and wife. She came out of his rib. 


 This made them related. Was this a law or an act of God? What law of marriage was imposed upon Adam and Eve? In the portion of Scripture above, God was silent. Adam did all the talking. Adam was prophesying about FUTURE relationships (Adam didn’t have a Mom and Dad).


God didn’t need a law to make Adam and Eve to be man and wife. In a perfect world, no laws of marriage were needed. Why would you even need laws of marriage in a perfect world? 


 In a perfect world, when God did the pairing, no law was needed. Adam and Eve were made to be man and wife while they were in an immortal state intended to be forever without death. 


 So, did God intend for them to be man and wife forever? In Heaven, will God undo what He originally did in a perfect world? Think about that. In a manner of speaking, will He return Eve back to the rib and stop their relationship which he made and said was good? God will not undo any laws of marriage over Adam and Eve because there never were any to begin with. They will have their bodies and a wonderfully fulfilled loving relationship, though they will no longer be procreating children.


 Heaven will be a perfect world, and no laws of marriage will be needed there either. Jesus made it very clear that in the age to come there will be no laws of marriage, no earthly ceremonies, no contracts being made where the father gets paid to sell his daughter (given in marriage).


 Yet, as in the perfect state of union that Adam and Eve had — a relationship God made them to need and to have — in heaven he will not undo what he did in the Garden. A man will know and love his counterpart that God gave him. They will love each other in that relationship for all eternity. Mom and Dad will still be “married.”

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tricks to Humility

Humility is one of the most beautiful virtues given to us by God. It opens our eyes and makes us realize that all the good around us comes from our beloved Creator. But humility and battling our pride can be very difficult and often times confusing. For example we can admit to ourselves how prideful we are, but then while doing that, thinking we're humble and becoming even more prideful because of it. It can become a vicious cycle and at the end of the day we wonder how we can ever advance in humility without becoming more prideful! Here are a few points that have helped me personally with the virtues of humility.

Stop thinking about it - As startling as that sounds, we need to stop focusing so much on the concept of pride and humility, and look at it from the perspective that God has given us everything, we are nothing, and we need His help. In thinking of it from this viewpoint we keep ourselves from the danger of thinking we're humble, and accrediting God for everything. Focus on the goodness of God and rejoice that such a loving Father has given us everything! It keeps away discouragement and fills the soul with peace. 

Focus on mercy - Humility is a hard virtue to master, so when we beat ourselves up about it, it only gives us more pride. Trusting totally in Gods mercy will protect us from this, since instead of focusing on how prideful we are, we can think that even though we are sinners, we have a loving Father that will lift us up and through His grace will make us saints. 

Accepting our own goodness - Once we reach the point of accepting that God can do all things even though we can't, we'll have to start accepting that we can become holy - saints even! After all, the goal is to become a saint before we die. How can we reach that point then if we're so stuck on the idea that we can't be saints since we're so horrible? Instead, let us focus on the fact that God can make us saints, and even though we can do nothing on our own and can't take credit for any of these virtues, since we are sinners, if we trust God, He will give us the strength to become the greatest and reach the highest realms of heaven.

Therefore let us ask God for true humility, trust in Him, and understanding with ourselves, who are sinners yet are masterpieces of God that have so much potential.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

A New Concept of Modesty


In previous articles I've spoken about modesty, explaining to the reader that modesty is a misunderstood beautiful virtue that should be loved and cherished. But as I learn more and more about it, and experience different situations, I've realized something else very important. 

Helping Them Cope - As you know these modesty articles are directed towards girls. But what girls don't realize is that guys think differently when it comes to purity. For girls it can actually be quite easy  fighting temptations of purity, and we forget it can be much harder for men to fight these things, especially when we throw modesty out the window. So why not help them out a little bit by dressing properly? Surely we'll get merit for our charity. For example, if we knew our friend who had something like depression, and was triggered easily, we would be very careful to make sure they were as comfortable as possible. Therefore if we care about their wellbeing, let us dress accordingly.


Making Others Inspired - Modesty isn't just about ourselves, but rather everyone around us. It isn't meant to drag us down or prevent us from following the latest trends. Rather it's there to put us in our right position and make our bodies truly beautiful - the way God intended. In doing this we make other around us realize that the concept of modesty, which is so ridiculed in our day and age, is actually an amazing thing and lifts our spirits far higher than immodest trends ever could. They will begin to see that girls can be beautiful and follow the good trends while sticking to their morals. Let us always inspire everyone around us. It will then be at the Last Judgment when God calls upon us in front of the whole world that we will be called the inspirer. 

Don't Think, Just Do - A lot of times people will dwell forever on modesty, picking it apart and turning into a torturous task. Skirts ten inches below the knee exactly! Turtle necks only! Really, if we overthink all of this, it will reflect to those around us and they'll lose the inspiration they so desperately need. Instead of being so cold with modesty, set your regular Catholic boundaries, don't overthink it, then pray for the grace to see the beauty of modesty. Modesty isn't just in the fabric, it's so much more. It's in our actions, our words, our thoughts, and so on. Let us pray for the true spirit of modesty! 

Therefore dear reader, clothe yourself with the mantle of Our Lady, bathe your soul with the blood of the Lamb, and rejoice in the beautiful virtues which God has given us! 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Happy Feast of St. Louis de Montfort!!

I am overjoyed to say today is St. Louis de Montfort's  300th anniversary from when he died. A very important feast to be sure! Today I wanted to tell you all a quick story from his life, a story that really inspired me. 

Throughout all his life he went from town to town, preaching sermons, talking in the streets, converting, but mainly being persecuted and hated by most. This is why he is the patron of the forgotten and lonely, because being unloved by thousands was his everyday life. Yet he accepted it and praised God for giving him the opportunity to sanctify himself. One day he went to a small poor town to preach a mission, and was shocked at how he was greeted by the people. Instead of getting stoned or spat at, everyone wouldn't stop hugging him! They hugged him, gave him huge meals, they all sanctified themselves and listened carefully every time he talked, it was a perfect success. At the end, his two followers were so happy they threw a party for such a holy town. As the party progressed they realized Montfort (as he liked people to call him) was missing! They looked and looked, and finally found him in a corner, looking very sad. They said, "Montfort! You've sanctified this whole town, everyone is a hundred times holier than they were before! Why are you so sad?" St. Louis slowly looked up at them and calmly said, "...what a cross... is no cross."

And so we see St. Louis de Montfort spirituality. No matter what suffering we have in life, or even when life is good to us, we must always follow God's will, and do it with a smile. Be gentle and kind to all that pass us, pray for those that hate you, and carry the cross alongside this amazing saint.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Listen to Your Needs



I’ve been really thinking about how souls have such a difficult time discerning their vocations. Some have it easy, and just get married, or enter a monastery, and not give it a second thought. But for most of us, especially us young people who are trying to figure out God’s will for the future, it can be a very confusing journey. But I want the reader, especially if you’re discerning, to always remember, you were built for something. Your heart, and all it’s needs, will correspond with where you go. 
 
In other words, you might be terrified it’s God’s will for you to be a cloistered nun, because you have such a need to be with people, and a need to feel human affections. But don’t worry, listen to your needs, and discern accordingly. God doesn’t want to put you in a place where you’ll be miserable. If you’re not happy when you’re trying out a certain way of life, don’t hesitate to change it! So many Catholics think that we should never be comfortable, always mortified and willing to suffer. And though it is true that we must be willing to conform to God’s will and offer up the sufferings of life, God didn’t make you so He could put you in a way of life that wouldn’t give you all that your heart needed. So please, choose a way of life that you’ll be happy and comfortable in. 

Life isn’t meant to be a constant series of pain and sacrifice. It’s a beautiful journey where sacrifice is rewarded, and mortification is given a greater good. All that you do will be rewarded a hundred fold “even on earth” as Our Lord said. I know discerning is difficult, but if you listen to what you need, you’ll get through this and live a life of peace, no matter what it is. Whether it’s a mom, or a monk, or a hermit, or a single man working in the world, all souls are equally loved by God, and will be high in heaven, as long as we fight for it.

Friday, 25 March 2016

On Good Friday







Let us remember today that Our Blessed Lord took upon His shoulders all our sins, all our faults, all our pain, and all our worries onto His shoulders so that we may be free and live a peaceful life. I wish you all a holy Good Friday and will be praying for you today.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Compassionate Short Film

I found this very moving. There is also a Part 2 for anyone interested. Always have compassion and understanding for others, you never know their story. 


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Go Say Hi to God!

"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude."
- St. Angela of Foligno
With the sun coming out and spring almost upon us (at least here in Canada), I realized I could finally start doing something I love to do - walk to my local church to visit the Blessed Sacrament. So many Catholics these days don't think to go into a church and greet the King of kings. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are so vital to our souls, because it refreshes us with grace, and reminds us what's important in life. With all the different things on our plates, it's good to sit back sometimes and organize our thoughts in front of God. After all, we need time to just relax and recuperate - and who better to do that with than Our Lord Himself!

Now keep in mind that you don't have to be sitting in your local church for five hours while kneeling on concrete with your arms outstretched. Just a few minutes, or if you're in a rush, a few moments just to say hello. Even just a hello is infinitely precious to your soul. God will reward you a hundred fold for coming to His home and asking for His help for the days to come. And if you're bored out of your mind (and still trying your best), all the more merit for you! The driest prayers are the most meritorious, since Our Lord appreciates such effort, even if we can't feel anything.

So go to your local church, and say hello to Our Blessed Lord. He's waiting for you!

Monday, 8 February 2016

The Last Thread

"For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me." (Psalm 23:4) At times discerning your vocation can begin to relate to the above quote. Especially for the youth, between trying to figure out what the future holds, keeping up with the spiritual life, and fighting the good fight, it can all begin to feel exhausting. And when trials and tribulations hit, one is almost bound to ask God why He is not clearer, why He piles suffering upon our shoulders in such a way that we feel we are drowning instead of growing. But it is in these times that we have to look around us, because in the darkest times God is always trying to get a messages across.

There's a strategy that I like to use that really helps with these feelings. If we feel we're holding on to our last thread, hold on like never before. In other words, if there's only one thing left in the world that makes us happy, that lifts our spirits and gives us hope, focus on that one thing, and see the glory of God in it. Whether it be your family, a friend, someone you deeply love, sometimes God takes away a lot just so you can see a massive blessing in front of your eyes. 

And in this way the future can become clearer to us. When we slow down, stop worrying about everything, and treasure the things we love most, our thinking will definitely clear up. So look around, and find the thread that God has given you to reflect His infinite goodness. Sometimes God doesn't have to give us a mountain of consolation to change our lives, rather He can change us and make us better by sending one, infinitely important thread in the weave of life.  A thread that can hold all together and bring us closer to God. 


 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Depression in God's Eyes

As Catholics there's one thing we don't want to admit to people. In the eyes of the world we want to always be strong, we want to be the Joan of Arc of society, we never want to appear like we're going through something. But this mentality needs to be fought, because it isn't true. Our whole religion revolves around the crucifix. And what does this crucifix represent? Suffering and overcoming it. Therefore, as Catholics, we shouldn't be afraid to admit to the fact that sometimes, yes, we get depressed. 

Whether we like it or not, some of us will have to face depression at some point. We'll have to wake up one day, and simply not want to get out of bed. But if I've learned anything, it's that we can trigger our worst triggers with consolations. And with these consolations we can not only help ourselves, but those around us who need this help too.

Firstly, we must remember that God is watching over us. Just because you're in pain doesn't mean God has stopped loving you. In fact, because you're going through this, He's watching over you with particular love and kindness. He knows how you feel, after all, he was abandoned in the Garden of Olives by His closest friends. He understands your pain and sees His reflection in your soul. Do you realize how happy He is to see someone in this broken world actually willing to offer up a sacrifice for Him!? This is huge! You represent the suffering Lord in our modern age. You're the one He was talking about when He said, "I was hungry, and you gave me to eat." Or perhaps, "I was hungry, and you fed me not." You give others around you the opportunity to serve God. You're another Christ, and the merit you're gathering up for heaven is more than you could ever imagine. You will receive your hundred fold on this earth, and the next. God is using you as an example of His suffering love, and is testing souls through you. He wants to see souls offer up acts of charity to Him because of you. You are the "least of My Brethren," and the light shines brighter from the darkness in your soul than it would if you were in consolation. Because now you're more Christlike than ever before.

Also, never forget that you won't always be in tribulation. God only gives us what we can handle, and when He sees us collapsing from the weight, He will help us get up. He can barely stand seeing you suffer like this, He's only allowing it for the greater good. Another thing to remember, is that if they don't repent and amend, those who made you suffer will feel the wrath of God. After all, they hurt a soul very close to God. They hurt the soul who reflected the crucified Savior. 

And so suffering soul, life will go on. Some days will be dark, but the days to come will be even brighter. Heaven won't ever look at you the same after this. Because you're their living martyr. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

A Quick Review on What I've Learned

 And now comes the time to recap what has happened in the last six months. For those who are new to my blog (welcome!!), I have had this blog up for quite some time, but then decided to enter a Dominican convent in Australia last January. I spent six months there, but decided that it wasn't God's will for me to be a nun. In any case, I'm very happy I'm back. Here are some main points I learned throughout the experience that will hopefully help those discerning, those who have left the convent themselves,and everyone else in between.

Don't worry about the future - If there's anything I've learned, it's that everything will work out in the end. God isn't just going to leave you on your own to figure out things - He's there to support you every step of the way. And yes, maybe sometimes it seems like everything you dreamed of for your future is collapsing, but you have to hold on to the conviction that it won't be like that forever, and that God will make sure you find your proper path.

The right decision is the best decision - Those who have left the convent can wholeheartedly agree that though it's great to finally decide your place in the world, it isn't easy leaving the convent. After all, being in a convent, you're told repeatedly, "you're a chosen soul," "God picked you out of millions," "this is the highest place you could be." But I need to make a very important point. Yes nuns have an important role to play, but so do you - not being a nun. No matter where you are, that's where God wants you and you have been "specially chosen" for that position. It took me a very long time to wrap my head around this, so I beg the readers to convince themselves of this truth. Never think that God loves other souls more than you, or that you're not chosen. You are chosen, you are worth the infinite, and you are loved - no matter what your position in life is.

Be kind to yourself - When trying to figure out your future, things can get very messy. Doubt can creep in, discouragement, melancholy, the list goes on. And in this very important time in your life, it's easy to be very hard on yourself. So please, try your best to be kind and gentle to yourself. Understand that this can be a scary time, and making mistakes right now is expected. Also, don't forget while you begin to be more understanding to yourself, that God is understanding (a million times more than you are) right along with you. There's a tendency to think that you understand yourself the best and God is there just to judge you as soon as you fall. But really, we should be asking God to be as understanding as He is towards us. He is ready always to forgive us for our imperfections, and fully acknowledges our weak human nature. He's not out to get you, He's there to patiently lift you up and support you in this difficult time.

Therefore my dear readers, if you're trying to figure out things in your life, be gentle to yourself in this difficult time. Our Lady is there to support you the whole way, and no matter what you choose, will love and care for you as the infinitely precious soul that you are.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Guess Who's Back :)

Firstly, I need to apologize for taking so long to write on here. I suppose there's something intimidating about telling your dear readers, after telling them you're going to be gone forever, that you're back home and have decided being a nun wasn't for you. I'll get into details in later posts, but I would just like you all to know that I am in fact back and am ready once again to write! It would be an honour if you all decided to read my blog once again, I'm preparing to write articles on some very interesting topics. 

I also wanted to point out that I've completely given my blog a new look. Though I'm sticking with the theme of "the depths of the catacombs," I wanted to give it a different feel, since over the past months I was in Australia, I've changed as a person. My blog used to focus on perseverance, fighting temptation, and mortification. I want these next few months to focus on the inner soul - how to be patient and understanding to yourself in the spiritual life, how to have peace of soul in our modern world, and how, though we are sinners, to understand we are still loved by God. I'll be writing articles that not only will be helpful for those who are having a hard time, but will also be helpful for me to convince myself of these truths.

So please, join me once more in my quest for happiness. I will try my best as I used to :)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Goodbye!

I will be leaving tomorrow morning to go to Australia to enter the Dominican convent, and wanted to say goodbye to you all. Thank you for reading my articles, and supporting my passion for writing. This blog has taken me on such an amazing journey, and it wouldn't be possible without you! Though I can't keep writing here, I will be leaving my blog up so you can still read my older articles. Please keep me in your prayers, as you are always in mine.

Hopefully I'll see you all in Paradise!

God bless and Our Lady protect,
Alexandra Reis

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year! May God pour forth His Christmas graces upon you, and may we all be joyful and thankful for God's gifts.

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.- Charles Dickens
Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ. 

St. Paul of the Cross

“the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour towards man appeared” (Tit 3:4)

God bless and Our Lady protect,
Alexandra

Friday, 12 December 2014

Can Religion Co-exist with Culture?

There is a new tendency going around, especially in the youth, that promotes the idea that our Catholic religion should be completely separate from our modern culture. For example, a girl will go to Mass on Sundays, wear skirts around her traditional friends, and claim to live a good life, but as soon as she’s home, she cranks the heavy metal music, puts shorts on, and becomes a completely different person. This double world is a danger to a lot of people, because they only want to be Catholic when it feels nice, then put away their religion in a box for the rest of the time.

But can culture co-exist with religion? Can we actually live one life that is Catholic through and through? Of course! We mustn’t think being Catholic is a burden that no one should know about, rather it should uplift everything in our lives. Without religion in our culture, we will never really be satisfied. It is in our soul to desire the infinite good, the unending love, the unlimited happiness of God. But how are we ever to be satisfied if we seek this in limited worldly pleasures? We must learn to stand up and be proud of our Faith - it’s the only way to be really happy.

You see, our modern western world has made us pitifully soft. The world tells us to conform to what everyone else is doing, and not put up any opposition when it comes to other people’s lives. Unfortunately for them, this is exactly what Catholicism is, putting up opposition to the world. And why would you want to lower yourself down to someone of the world anyway? Why would you want to never be happy, never be satisfied, and never find the immeasurable love that you’re searching for?


Therefore, let us try not to live double lives, but conform every moment to our Faith. Let every step of our spiritual journey be followed with every step of our culture. Our culture shouldn’t separate our hearts and make us hypocrites, rather it should help lead us to Paradise. And never forget, that just because we are Catholic, it doesn’t mean our lives have to be boring. In fact, we as Catholics should have the most amazing, adventurous lives out of everyone in the world. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Forgotten Consolation

In these times of darkness in the world, there is often need of consolation. One thing that God takes pleasure in especially is comforting us on our journey to Paradise, but there are some consolations right in front of us that we can sometimes forget.

All through Our Lord’s life, He used the natural to prove the supernatural. For example, when the cripple was brought to Jesus, and Jesus told Him his sins were forgiven, the Pharisees said He was blaspheming. And in order to show them that He had forgiven the cripple’s sins, He proved Himself with something the human eyes could see, a visible miracle. He healed the man and told him to walk home. All were astonished and realized that God uses natural means to tell us something.

And so it is with consolation. God often wants to tell us things through natural means. He doesn’t need to use extraordinary means to speak to us, all we have to do is open our eyes and ask for the gift of divine wisdom. Divine wisdom gives us the ability to see all things through the eyes of God. For example, instead of indifferently passing by a flower in our friend’s garden, we can look at the flower and realize that for all eternity God knew He would create this one beautiful flower not just to give Him glory, but for you to appreciate and enjoy.

Everything around us can be a source of consolation, including people, whether they are our friends or people that test our patience. All we have to do is see Our Lord in them, and it will be much easier to practice acts of charity towards them. Our Lord even told us to do this when He said, “I was hungry, and you gave me to eat, etc.” God wants us to think this way, He wants us to realize that He is always with us, and is always willing to help and console us.


So let us see the world through the eyes of God and never forget that no matter what situation we are in, the loving eyes of our Creator are gazing down at us.