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Week Thirty. Clean Heart. Drawn to Love.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

What is the disposition of your heart towards God? How often do you contemplate this question? Are you going through the motions, following God’s rules out of obligation or are you drawn to living them through love? 

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Week Thirty. Clean Heart. One Desire.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

In the spiritual life, we seek God and desire to become more like Christ. We live with a desire to let the fire of the Spirit be the driver of our life and perfectly align us with grace and the flow of life. 

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Week Thirty. Clean Heart. On Guard.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

Modesty moderates and regulates all our actions, both interior and exterior, according to our vocation. Each of us are called to “let your modesty be known to all men” (Philippians 4,5). 

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Week Thirty. Clean Heart. Clear Vision.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

Have you ever had your glasses fog up with a sudden temperature change? Or perhaps condensation accumulates on your window, blocking your view of what you can see outside. This happens when I see the world around me through my limited, human perspective leading to foggy eyes of my heart. 

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Week Thirty. Clean Heart. Purity.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty. 

Out of love for Your goodness, make me clean. Draw me to purity of heart, striving to live my life as an image of Your likeness. Teach me to love like You. Draw me close to You so I can see with Your eyes and value what you value. Make me know Your will and what You desire of me.

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Week Twenty-Nine. Mindset. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

This week we have contemplated how our mindset affects our spirit. We can advance in purity of heart or stay stuck in our limited human perspective of life. God promises to change our minds, to share in eternal joy. My part is accepting the invitation with a loving, humble, and grateful heart. Practices from other faith traditions can help me walk the path of holiness. I particularly like this one from the Jewish tradition, the Hasidic mystics. The eighteenth-century Hasidic Rabbi Hayim Heikel of Amdur, active in Lithuania, counseled conscious remembrance of God first thing in the morning. Rabbis Or N. Rose and Ebn D.

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Week Twenty-Nine. My Mindset. Eternal Confidence.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

How do you walk through life? With confidence and faith that everything is according to God’s plan or living in anxiety just waiting for the next proverbial shoe to drop? My faith is a mindset where I believe in God’s goodness and promises. God directs me to move through my life with physical, spiritual, and emotional confidence. He instructs me to trust that nothing can do real harm to me. For while the Lord sometimes protects our bodies, He always protects our souls. That is pretty amazing. Our souls are always being prepared for our journey of eternal life.

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Week Twenty-Nine. My Mindset. Nourishment.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

God is present in the everyday moments of our life. So often I look for ways to dramatically change the world. It is good to dream and ponder these things but not if they are a distraction to living the life in front of me well.

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Week Twenty-Nine. My Mindset. Eternal Perspective.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

Temperance is the virtue which moderates in us the inordinate desire for sensible pleasure, keeping it within the limits assigned by faith and reason. Sin has produced in us the great discord by which the inferior part tends to rebel against the superior, and craves what is contrary to the spirit. We will never be able to defend ourselves against the attractions of pleasure without the help of this virtue, which God has infused in our souls for the express purpose of enabling us to regulate our disordered tendency to pleasure. 

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Week Twenty-Nine. My Mindset. Choosing the Better Way.

Month Seven – Valuing My Body. Temperance with faith produces modesty.

We are called to a different way of life. One that reorders our thoughts, impacting our actions and softening our hearts in order to understand love in its purest state. Christ’s love attracts us to a different way of life, a life of simple poverty.

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