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Week Thirty-Five. Self-Control. Peace of Heart.

Valuing My Body. Temperance with love leads to chastity.

A sculptor who wishes to carve a figure out of a block uses his chisel, first cutting away great chunks of marble, then smaller pieces, until he finally reaches a point where only a brush of hand is needed to reveal the figure. 

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer. The discipline of prayer.

I invite you to try following a prayer discipline for 10 minutes a day or so for a week, and then discuss your experience with your spiritual director or a prayer partner. How do you do this?

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Self Mastery.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

Resistance can open us up to deeper and more mature values. Our tendency for fleshly and sensual enjoyment can make us blind and insensitive to deeper values that spring from love. As I learn self-mastery, I grow in my love of inner truth.

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Breath of Life.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

I’m learning to moderate my thoughts and actions of independence. Growing in humility helps me see that this life is not all about me, my wants, needs, and desires. A humble heart helps me see my spiritual poverty and my need for divine intervention giving me the breath of life. 

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Warm Heart.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

What melts the coldness in your heart? Prayer (meditation) is a transformative practice that melts the hardness of living in a fallen world. What is a cold heart? As the song Cold Heart laments “it’s a human sign when things go wrong.” We think we keep this hidden but usually we’re only hiding from ourselves. 

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Don’t Stop Believing.

 

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

Listening to music is one of the things I can do that creates a shift in me, melting the coldness in my heart. It’s such a simple thing and yet I’ve noticed that I deny myself the simple pleasure that is so life-giving, filling me with beautiful hope. As I live my life in a world filled with extremes and excess, my heart freezes up at times without my awareness. When I feel stagnant or feel I’m going through the motions, I can create this shift of heart by listening to the right song, penetrating it with inspiration. 

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. Weaver of Hope.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control. 

In these dog days of summer, it’s easy to get lazy. I’ve gotten spiritually lazy, gotten away from seeking Mary’s help, wisdom, and guidance. As the new covenant, Mary always shows me the way to her Son, she shows me wisdom and is a weaver of hope. 

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Week Thirty-Three. Beautiful Hope. An Attitude.

Month Eight – Valuing My Body. Temperance with hope leads to self-control.

Valuing myself gives me an attitude of hope. Setting healthy boundaries and ordering my heart towards God, I have hope, beautiful hope. As I discover who I am in Christ and the hidden mystery of my life in Him, I have one purpose — to glorify God. It is this purpose that brings meaning to my life.  As I move away from this purpose, I lose hope.

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Week Twenty. Hopeful.  Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself expands my hope and kindness.

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer. When I choose to live life, I become life. When I don’t, I’m not contributing/offering my best self to this one precious life I have to live. Today we contemplate a reflection from Word on Fire on what it means to live life.

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