Is what brings us together today. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Seriously though, I’ve been wondering why people don’t get married as much anymore? I have heard several reasons for it and they seem lame to me. Let me tell you why by answering the reasons.
“Over half marriages end in divorce anyway.”
One: That is an old wives tale. As of 2011 only 3.6 marriages in a thousand end in divorce — that’s only 0.36%! Go ahead and look it up. I’ll wait. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/upshot/how-we-know-the-divorce-rate-is-falling.html
Two: Not doing something because other people fail at it? This is laughable! Oh, I won’t get a job because some people get fired. Oh, I won’t breathe because everyone who has ever breathed has died. …
Why is it that we know that we can learn from mistakes, but we are so afraid to make them? A while ago I said something, so innocuous that I don’t even remember what statement I had made, but the reply to my statement was, “Oh, yeah? What if you’re wrong?” Like that was the terrible extreme that my statement may lead.
Well, I’ve been wrong before and will be wrong again. I’m human, it’s a gift. No, really. It’s a gift. Being wrong and then having the ability to learn from that mistake is a real gift! How terrible would it be if every mistake was as bad as we always think it’s going to be? We would never do anything! …
Pray for the Dead
This ritual can be as elaborate or simple as you like. You can sit quietly and pray for your loved ones who have passed on, especially for those who have physically died in the last year bringing each one to mind. Here is one to get you started if you don’t know what to say or if the loss is still too fresh.
I commend you, my dear [name] to almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator.
May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life. …
Halloween is the best time to serve up old family dishes or make dishes that those who have went before us loved as a way of remembering and joining the past and the present. While you eat it is nice to talk about the person whose dish you are eating and remember the good times, because even death does not stop you from being family. Doing dinner this way can lead to some weird dinners! There can be a dinner of prime rib, spaghetti, and chili cheese fries with black jelly beans for dessert — you have been warned!
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also. Where I go, you know, and you know the way.” John 14:1–4
What is Halloween, really?
Well, that is a bit complicated. It started as a Celtic New Year festival called Samhain. Contrary to popular thought Samhain was not the Celtic god of death. There was no Celtic god by that name nor was there a god of death. Samhain was new years and it literally meant sam –“Summer”, hain “Ending”. …
Pope Benedict the Sixteenth said that the world offers comfort but you were made for greatness.
I like that. Comfortable people do not do great things. We need to strive in life in order to achieve greatness. The media distracts you from this by making you comfortable. People strive for the comfort that they offer and therefore spend all of the time thinking on worldly things. People strive for happiness. But you cannot be happy all of the time. It is just not possible. We weren’t meant to be happy all the time. If we were then we could not be brave, or courageous. …
I was once told that the word “Is” is the most Christian word that exists. It is really true, if you think about it.
Our God IS. The Eucharist IS the Body of Christ. Christ IS alive. Every Christian IS alive whether physically alive or not.
IS happens now! IS is dynamic! There is nothing about Christianity that was, -ed, past tense, already happened — dead and forgotten. But IS alive in our hearts and minds and souls.
Just thought you might want to ponder on that a while.
Peace be with you.
I find it very interesting that if you read through the genealogy of Christ, it is like a rogue’s gallery. I mean look at some to the names! We know these people from the old testament. They were murders, thieves, adulterers and prostitutes. No hiding it — right there in black and white.
But this only goes to show how wonderful God truly is, how faithful. The purest human being ever to live had a bloodline like this! Like a pure white waterlily growing in the swampy mud. God remained faithful to the promise He made to Abraham — despite all that Abraham and all of his descendants did. God remained faithful, even though they were not faithful to Him.
God never stops loving us, no matter who we are. God remains faithful to us. Maybe we should start being more faithful to Him?
Peace be with you.
There seems to be a general, yet unspoken thought, that God doesn’t want anything to do with you until you’re perfect. Oh, saints are this or that but I’m just a miserable sinner. It seems that people think that if you are a Christian then you have to be perfect. I have heard people say that they don’t go to church any more because they just don’t live up to the standard.
It’s not a standard, people. It is an ideal. Being Christian is always, ALWAYS, a work in progress. There is no perfect Christian. …
Is it a thimble, or a barrel? Does it run over? You see I’ve come to find that God will love us only as much as we allow Him to. He does not push it upon us and asks nothing in return. If we only crack our hearts open to the size of a thimble then God will fill that thimble with His Love. If we open our hearts to the size of a barrel that too will be filled with His Love.
The question is, “How big is your cup?” A droplet or an ocean. We all want the ocean but will we really put in the work to get one? Will we spend time praying, meditating, fasting and studying the Bible? Oh, wait! …