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!
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!
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!
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!