While I was meditating today, I found myself seeking more knowledge of Christ. I wanted to expand on the appreciaton of the beauty of him as much as possible and I ended up meditating on the resurrection which I wish to share with you now.
I realized how great faith his disciples must have had! This was the first thing that came to mind was how difficult it must have been to trust Jesus that he was going to resurrect himself from the dead! Imagine you were in their situation and Jesus told you before his death, that he was going to die and in three days he was going to raise from the dead. Firstly, we need to understand that something of that magnitude has never happened in the history of the earth and to this day it hasn’t happened again. The disciples were placed in a situation where they had to trust Jesus, who were still fresh in the faith, who they gave up their lives for, that he would do something that has never happened. It just amazes me at the difficulty of that situation and I admire them so much for staying together during that time. Now, the question arises, how was this actually possible? Both of Jesus and the disciples?
The answer is extremely simple and that answer is love. You will notice that many of the blog posts I do are oriented around love because that is the essence of our faith. So for Jesus’ resurrection, it was an act done out of pure love, not only for giving us eternal life after letting our old sinful self be crucified so we can resurrect into pure beings of God, but also for coming back to those who served him during his time on earth. How happy would you be if a loved one that you watched die with your own eyes came back to you in the flesh? Think of the feelings that would be running through you, the shock, the happiness, the loss of words, these are the feelings the disciples felt when they saw Jesus for the first time after his death and resurrection. Ah! now we can see the pure love the disciples had for their master. Not only did they give everything up, but they had faith and waited for him until he did what he told them he would do. Beautiful beyond belief! I always love seeing pure love in action and I love the feelings it inspires!
My friends, find time to share the love that Christ has for us with all those around you. Not just friends and family, but those who are really in need and you, being a good christian, help them since that’s where we shine! Through Christ’s resurrection we have been given eternal life so don’t worry about yourself, but worry about those who live without him.
Have a wonderful day friends!
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 don’t want to draw this out very long, so I’ll be keeping my posts short and sweet, but containing enough information to keep you advancing in perfection!
The first step to attain to perfection is building a foundation in Christ crucified by spending time with him. In a relationship, you get to know someone more and more over time and it is no different in a relationship with Christ. A practice to get you started – and a practice that can be carried until the end of your days – is to spend 5 minutes a day (preferably in the morning) and meditate on Christ crucified. Speak to him and prepare yourself for the day to come. Let your feelings out to him whether you’re happy or sad, angry or fearful, let him know your concerns and feelings and ask him for assisting you in your day.
Over time, you’ll find yourself being drawn to these short sessions and probably making them longer, however, the most important thing here is to speak with Christ as a friend and a benefactor. Someone who will help you, so don’t be afraid to speak to him with all of your troubles since you know it’s between you two.
Anyway, I hope you all find a little time to spend with Christ and to share the love he gives to you with your neighbors since our neighbors are the gateway to how we treat God!
“Love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:31