When a crisis hits, it tells us a lot about what lives in our heart. How well do you react? Are you able to manage emotional distress? In a culture where we avoid suffering at all costs, how well are you prepared when you lose a job, get divorced, have a child struggling for life, or see your husband battling to regain health? Having been through these things, it is by God’s grace and Mother Mary’s example I’ve learned to suffer well which helps purify my heart.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Suffering Well.”
Month: September 2022
Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Loving God.
A clean heart allows us to fall in love. We fall in love with beauty, goodness, and truth. Valuing myself, I learn the gift that I am and I’m shown my belovedness. God draws me to the One that loved me first. Chastity is a virtue, along with right-ordered passions, that helps me see God.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Loving God.”
Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Chastity is Important.
Chastity is important because sexuality affects our ability to form healthy bonds with other people. It affects the unity of our body and soul, including our capacity to love and to procreate. Chastity is important because this is how we live with our bodies ordered to God. Before the Fall, all the physical senses were in complete harmony and controlled by reason. Temperance is loving my body, keeping it clean and pure, moderating taste, exercising continence in touch, and remaining chaste in all the senses. Infused with the theological virtue of love, we see the fruit of chastity.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Chastity is Important.”
Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Love at the Center.
When I seek and find God’s goodness day by day in my life, I live with a new attitude and mindset. I choose faith as a habit that keeps my heart drawn to what is important. Reforming my life is moving beyond the ego’s narrow concerns and making God and love the center of my life.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Love at the Center.”
Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Nothing I Want.
With God as the center of my being, there is nothing I want.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Nothing I Want.”
Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Good Fruit.
What comes to mind when you hear the word Chastity or the act of being Chaste? I’ve often struggled with this somewhat archaic language but the deeper I dive into learning its meaning, God grants me the understanding of its beauty and goodness.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Nine. Clean Heart. Good Fruit.”
Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.
What is Spiritual Integrity? Author Jac O’Keeffe, author of How to Be a Spiritual Rebel, gives us some words to ponder this week as we look for God’s goodness, day by day.
Spiritual integrity is the combination of a state and a quality. Spiritual integrity is the state of being undivided together with the quality of brutal self-honesty. It demands a considerable depth of self-awareness and an uncompromising willingness to be authentic.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.”
Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. Hypocrite.
Showing others Christ’s love and goodness begins with me. Am I living a life of integrity or as a hypocrite?Continue reading “Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. Hypocrite.”
Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. God’s Goodness.
Are you drawn towards the light and the goodness of God? As we surrender to a higher state of being, God fills our soul with clear knowledge of what is necessary to live a good life. A life of integrity with ourselves and others, in body, mind, and spirit.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. God’s Goodness.”
Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. To Be Human.
If integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and uprightness, we are called to look at ourselves with the same eye as we do others. Many of us find it easier to see the fault in others and are adept at ignoring it in ourselves. This judgmental behavior breeds a separateness and superiority between us rather than fostering an understanding of our common humanity and humanness.Continue reading “Week Thirty-Eight. Integrity. To Be Human.”