I have a yearning to write about virtue seeing that it’s the most gorgeous qualities any one human can have. There are many virtues so I will not cover any single one of them (at least right now), but I want to cover them as whole and how you will know when you have them yourself.
The simplest and most effective way to see if you truly have virtues is the test of time. Virtue is not, “I worked out for three hours today!” but never working out again after that. Virtue is when you work out for 20 minutes, but you keep doing it every day and increase more and more every day. Virtues grow with you like a child and you have to nurtue it and feed it so it grows healthy. So what actually feeds and grows virtues at all? The answer is simple as always, love grows virtue, but you might ask how is that possible?
Love nurtues virtue just as the sun, with it’s splendid light, gives life and growth to all plants and in turn all things of the earth. Love allows one to constantly strive to become more perfect every chance they get and if one does not strive to become truly perfect, they have no love. Now, this love is pertaining to an individual towards themselves. It is important to feed and nurture yourself with this love so that you can become a perfect individual in the way God designed for you which is to share your perfection with people that you gained in Christ and allow them to gain that perfection for themselves. This love you gained from Christ constantly feeds you and tells you, “become perfect my friend, be more patient in difficult times, be courageous when people persecute you, love your neighbors and help those in need.” This is what love tells you and so virtue is grows.
With love, which is the very essence of God and of the faith, I want you all to practice nurturing you virtues and to constantly strive to become more perfect. There are always set-backs and difficulties during these times, but true virtue, nurtured by love, is never stopped until the last of your days.
Have a wonderful day!
Hello again everyone!
I had the realization yesterday while I was trying to figure out how to bring myself to contemplation again when I thought it would be good to teach you all about the difference between contemplation and meditation and how to bring yourself to contemplation.
To start, the difference between meditation and contemplation is that meditation is an active state of mind that’s analytical on one topic such as Christ’s crucifixion, whereas contemplation is appreciating the beauty of God as a whole without your mind actively seraching for aspects of that beauty. Take for instance meditation on Christ’s crucfixion, since I used that as an example, where meditation would be to focus on the nails that pierced his hands and feet. You would begin by analyzing how painful it must have been to have your hands and feet pierced by blunt nails, then you would think how difficult it would be to hold yourself on the cross that way, which would proceed to thinking how tough Christ was for not complaining and undergoing that torment. Now, if we look at contemplation, all we would think to ourselves is, how beautiful is the love of Christ for suffering such agony to save us from eternal death and give us eternal life! Love that pours from the heart of Jesus to give every human infinte love, how beautiful are you! So you can see the difference between the two that meditation is actively finding things about the faith and contemplation are words and phrases full of love and admiration for Christ. It’s like complimenting your loved one on how beautiful or kind or caring they are which doesn’t take effort, but sparks from the love in your heart.
So how do we get from meditation to contemplation? Firstly, meditation has to be expounded in many aspects of the faith, but the best and quickest way to get to contemplation is to build a relationship with Christ during his passion. I found meditations on the passion have sparked a relationship and love for Christ so quickly and so firmly that I will never even think of letting it go. In short, the more you meditate on Christ’s passion, the more quickly you will grow to love him for the beauty and love of his acts and then seeing the act as a whole instead of seperate aspects (agony in the garden, scouring, crowning with thorns, carrying of the cross and the crucifixion).
So my dearest friends, bring yourself from actively thinking about Christ to building a relationship with him out of pure love and devotion and always actively and passively thinking of him. Bring yourself from meditation to contemplation!
Have a fantastic day!
I’m going to make a double-post today seeing that I have two things I want to address. As you can see from the title, I will address the Virgin Mother first.
I want to stress the importance of having a devotion to the Blessed Mother in difficult times and when you can’t seem to get a grip on anything else in life. I’ve found constant peace in Christ, but when you really need to inspire the love again, there is no better person to go to than the person who knew Christ the best.
I decided to turn to the Blessed Mother today, when I felt the love in my heart dead for Christ crucified. The thought of speaking to the Blessed Mother entered my mind at that moment so I began meditating on her. I’ve been suffering with a lot of anxiety and stress wondering if I have done something wrong, but I am always assured by the beautiful hands that touched the most sacred and loving Jesus Christ that I’m doing well. She immediately came to me (spiritually) and gave me the hug I’ve been wanting to feel and the love she had for Christ, seeing that she the most perfect love for him, was immediately placed in my heart. The flame has been lit again and now it’s time to grow it into a giant fire.
I want to place the devotion in another light for those who struggle to find devotion to her by asking a question. Do you love your mother for giving birth to you and giving you love like no other could? I ask this because it was absolutely no different for her and on top of that, she gave birth to the king of the universe and master of creation. She knew who was in her womb and who she was carrying and with how much respect she must have carried him with! This mortherly love was also applied to us with the scriptural text:
“Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother…” (John 19:26-27)
With that being said, I always found her to be my mother in times when I felt I didn’t have any family. I never had a very strong relationship with my mother and I often felt hurt at the things she told me regarding my faith. In those times, I always turned to the Blessed Mother to take care of me and to let me cry in her arms.
My friends, I assure you, having a devotion to the Blessed Mother is the most beautiful devotion you could ever have and if I could say anything while meditating in front of Christ crucified, it would be to pray the rosary.
Have a wonderful day!
I decided to do another post today since I felt the need to expand a little more on what I said in the post “When things get tough.”
A little earlier today, I found myself trying to find a way out of the difficulties I’ve been undergoing with feeling depressed and trying to find motivation. The first person I go to for motivation is Christ crucified. When I went to go pray to him, I realized that I in fact had lost Christ. He was testing my love for him to see if I would go seek him. I know that I love Christ with my whole heart and everything that I am, so I went to seek him immediately upon the realization. It was difficult to keep up the prayer, but I wanted to find him so badly that I pushed through until the end of my prayers. Shortly before I finished, I felt the love of Christ fill my heart and the words resounding were “You have found me, my child. I’m glad you sought for me out of the love I poured into your heart.” I was overjoyed upon hearing this and I felt I had to share this feeling with the world becuase of the beauty of it.
My friends, the moral of this experience is when you lose that which you love, if you truly love it, seek it out until you have it safely in your arms again. Love is something of such great importance and if there is a soul you have true love for, never let that go.
Have a wonderful day!
I’ve recently found myself struggling to keep up with my prayers and daily life. I’m hitting a rut and I’m losing my drive to do things. If I had to say anything it feels like I’ve burnt myself out. I want to do things, but I don’t have the drive to do them. What do I do?
These are the things I’ve been telling myself and questioning what I should do. For two days I’ve been struggling to keep up with daily life and I’ve been pretty depressed. In times like these, even I struggle to find out what to do, so I do what I always do which is meditate and pray in front of Christ crucified even though that’s an extremely difficult task in itself.
When I find myself praying and meditating, I can barely go longer than 5 minutes before I have to stop and relax. I realize that this is the sign of some change and that the way I’ve been doing things isn’t the way to go anymore. That’s the most important part to realize about these times of dryness or burnout, When we as people get into too much of a routine, we get burnt out and tired of the boringness of life so we require some change. If you ever find yourself in these situations, change up the way you do things, whether that be the order or timing of things, and find a way to inspire yourself to do those things you love again.
As usual, I find these thimgs out through my prayers and meditations and even in that short 5 minutes, I poured my heart out to God and this is the answer he gave me. So, my dearest friends and readers, if you are ever in a tough situation, find time to pray to Christ crucified by pouring out your feelings to him and crying to him about what’s going on. There’s no harm or shame being a human and feeling things so by all means share that with him!
Many of these blogs will be sparked from meditations and thoughts I had and one that really stuck with me yesterday was about knowledge and I mean knowledge in a general sense, but that it’s rooted in Christ.
To explain with a story, I used to do a bit of break-dancing when I was in high school, but I have lost the drive to do it for many years, but it’s come back recently. When I started to do it again yesterday I asked myself, how does dance link up with music? I asked this question because I play a few instrument and know quite a bit about music theory. So with this question in mind, I started to dance to songs I danced to in high school and I found myself using my body as I would play an instrument. I would put my part in the song and improv on whole notes, half notes, thirds, 16ths, etc. I was so excited to see how cool and fluid my dancing was and I learned something I never figured out in high school. I understood that the knowlege I had in other fields was key to becoming knowledgable in dance.
This is an important point to realize, firstly, that knowledge is proportionate to how much you can do (and do well) and secondly, how knowledge is rooted in Christ. I know the knowledge rooted in Christ seems random, but I have strong point about this which in fact led me to the possibility to realize what I did about dance and music.
What Christ taught me through many prayers and meditations was how to question the knowledge I had and was gaining. I learned to ask questions about all things and to wonder how to perfect myself in all aspects of life. I always wanted to be perfect and great in my life and I found that in Christ by asking questions. When you have solid foundation in Christ and trust him and the dogmas of the church which are ruled by him because you understand why they are the way they are in the first place, you start applying the same techniques to every day life. If you are wanting to become a saint, but a secular, you always must strive for knowledge, not just in Christ, but all things IN Christ.
Anyway guys, I hope this article helped inspire you to always seek knowledge. First seek it in Christ and then seek it for all other things!
I was doing a meditation today and I found I was lacking in confidence so I started meditating and I have some things I want to share with you regarding that.
Firstly, I want to cover how confidence is built and gained. When someone is confident or trying to become confident (usually in themselves) they seek to acheive something or accomplish a goal. However, we need to note that someone must provide a reward for the acheivement whether that be yourself or someone else. Reward is engraved in us at a very young age and provides people with a drive and motivation to succeed and do well, however, the question I wish to ask is what happens when things don’t fall through the way they usually do? I mean that when you were supposed to get a reward, but you didn’t or you failed at what you wanted to accomplish due to unforseen cicrumstance? How can we be truly confident if we can’t entirely rely on someone or even ourselves?
The simple answer is to place your confidence in someone who has control and will always provide when needed. Someone we can rely on for all things and at all times. If you can’t see where I am getting at, it is Christ that we should build our confidence in.
For most of my life I struggled with confidence to the point that I couldn’t even speak in front of people in class to answer a question. I would just sit there quietly when the teacher asked me and couldn’t open my mouth and if I did, my face would turn tomato red and I’d stutter and be extremely quiet. When I started relying on the infinite abyss of confidence which is Christ, I never felt let down anymore and I always found myself succeeding in things I never thought I could AND getting rewarded for it.
My friends, turn to the Blessed Mother, the apostles and all the saints. Do you think they were ever let down for their belief in Christ? Do you think they ever lost their confidence in all things believing in Him? No, it’s quite the contrary. It’s through disbelief and lack of faith that their confidence was shattered.
To end this, if any of you are lacking in confidence or looking to build it, find time to meditate on Christ crucified by starting at him, looking into the most beautiful mirror of love, for 5 minutes in the morning and really focusing on trusting him. You might find your gaze straying away from him, but do your best to keep your eyes fixed on him. This takes time as with all things since you are developing trust, but I guarantee you, if you keep it up it’ll pay off.
Have a beautiful day everyone!