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Thursday, November 29, 2012

FEASTING, FASTING, AND FAITH

    When the holidays come many of us throw in the towel with how we eat.  We tell ourselves Thanksgiving only comes once a year, therefore I have to have the turkey and the mash potatoes AND the stuffing AND the roll AND the pie!

    Days later we have "buyers" remorse   After a few more days of self flogging we start thinking of Christmas.  There are a vast amount of goodies and parties to enjoy.  We must bake.  We must party!  We must eat all the goodies and try all the the different appetizers at the party.  After all it would be rude as a guest to not try everything on the table.  And Christmas fruit cake only comes around once a year.  And we will NEVER taste it again!

    Why do we strive to live our faith, to be 100% Catholic, 100% Christian, in our prayer life but not with our health...our diet.

    Are we not what we eat?

    A person can get caught up with health...diet...body image for the wrong reasons.  Yet the same can be said that a person can be prayerful and do ministry for the wrong reasons.

    The question is are we not all temples of God?  Didn't He lend us this physical body to go out to do His work?  Do we respect it?  Do we treat it well?  Do we feed it properly?

    Food and exercise shouldn't be about "what can I get away with" before it's too much.  It should be about "How can I respect what God has given me!"

    Can I not only practice, but put into action the discipline of self-control, of denial, of sacrifice.

    Can I sit down at Christmas dinner and enjoy the fellowship of the family and friends around me without over indulging physically?

    Can I remember during the Advent Season it should be about preparation for the coming of Christ not how many parties I can attend?

    Can I align my life with realizing all I do should be for the glory of God with HIM in mind!?

    I, we, need to be 100% Catholic, 100% Christian, in all actions:  prayer, diet, exercise, life...mentally, physically, spiritually.

   Let us not be sloppy about our faith.  And let us not be sloppy about our health.  Honor God by doing and being ALL He needs us to be!

Monday, November 12, 2012

THE "D" WORD!

Discipline...

I think we all kind of cringe when we hear someone say 'that' word.

We view it as something we have to give up, something we have to work for, something we have to DO!

Yet think of all the wonderful graces we will receive when we practice and put into action this beautiful discipline (pun absolutely intended!).

And right now is the perfect time.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, Christmas around the next, and New Years follows.

The temptation to spend too much, to eat too much, to drink too much is tantalizing.  After all EVERYONE else is doing it!

BUT, what if we viewed it this way instead:

When I practice discipline in my spending I am showing God I am trust worthy of the gifts He bestows upon me.  Thus giving Him the chance to want to trust me with more.

When I practice discipline in what I eat, I am respecting the body, the 'temple' He has lent me to go forth and do the works He asks of me.

When I practice discipline in self-control in all other areas whether it is drinking, television, internet, etc...I am ensuring Him that I can be obedient to His word.  I can be trusted to know there is a time and a place.  I can be trusted to create balance in my life.

We have nine days before Thanksgiving.  What a perfect time, a perfect way to start practicing our discipline, our self-control before the holidays.  Pray a novena God will give you the courage, the strength to truly live the life He intended for you, for us!

Maybe this year as Thanksgiving rolls around you can resist that extra helping of pie?
Maybe this year the frenzy of shopping on black Friday won't be so tempting/
Maybe this year a board game will be more exciting than the TV?

And maybe this year as the holidays roll through you will feel the strength and the power of the Holy Spirit working in you as you continue on this beautiful journey of Discipline and Self-Control!

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-d-word-2

Thursday, November 8, 2012

ELECTION OUTCOME: FIGHT OR FLIGHT

Do you feel sucker-punched?

Having been apart of a group of amazing prayer warriors over the last 11 months, I have pondered over the last 24 hours on how they may feel?  On how  many of us may feel about the results of this election.

There is an obvious elation on those who are President Obama fans.  But what about those of us who are very concerned about the outcomes of a large amount of Religious topics?

Do you feel abandoned?  Do you feel God didn't hear your prayer? Your cry? Or do you feel God didn't listen?

This is my thought:  God did hear!  He also knows what we need.  We MUST trust that truth.

What if this outcome is to test us in continuing to fight and not give up about the topics and issues we hold dear?

What if this is an opportunity for us as Christians, as Catholics, to dig deep within ourselves and determine if we are going to "fight or flight"?

What if we kick up our prayer to an intensity that lets God know we ARE NOT walking away from Him?

And we WILL stay on our knees praying!

I like to see this not so much as a defeat but more as a challenge.  A challenge to continue to build up my armor for Christ.  A challenge to continue to spread the most excellent news of our Lord.  A challenge to stay in the fight for our freedom to faith...no matter the cost!

http://www.examiner.com/article/election-outcome-fight-or-flight