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A Letter From the USCCB

I was just made aware of this via Facebook.

Apparently, the Bishops have asked that all¬†US Catholics begin to pray for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty. This was made available on the USCCB’s website.

I’m a little upset that I haven’t heard about this until now, as this was posted on December 6, 2012. But, I’ll pass it off with the benefit of the doubt that everyone was busy with Advent and Christmas plans.

Here are a couple of the highlights edited:

1. Sundays after Christmas through Christ the King Sunday, parishes should hold a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.

2. Pray the Rosary daily.

3. At all Masses, offer up specific intentions for the above intentions.

4. Abstain from meat and fast on Fridays.

5. Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom in June/July 2013.

Again, read the whole thing, it will only take a minute.

Send this to your priest so that he can make announcements.

Priests, make these announcements at Mass.

Jeff January 4, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Hardest Thing About Being Catholic

What is the hardest part about being Catholic? Well, I’d have to say easily the hardest part of being Catholic is, well, being Catholic.

Wait, I’m confused, did you just answer that question with the question?

Yep. I did indeed. I’ve been pondering this for awhile now, and I’ve found the answer to the question. The hardest part of being Catholic is being Catholic. Why is this so?

First, let’s pose the question ‘What does it mean to be Catholic?’ This is an important question for us to ask ourselves, let alone come up with an answer for. But, the correct answer is to live out our faith in all aspects of our lives. When we live out our faith, and those around us can tell that something is different in us, that is to say, they can see Christ radiating through our selves, then we know we are being Catholic.

But I find that there are far too many times when the daily temptations to not uphold to this principle occurs, and I fall short…constantly. Too often I’d rather spend time browsing the internet as opposed to getting stuff done around the house. Too often I’d rather watch YouTube or browse Facebook as opposed to getting my prayer time in. Too often I’d rather lose my cool and get angry at the slow poke in front of me on my drive to work instead of praying for them or just offering up the slowness.

Every single example I’ve given above doesn’t allow Jesus to radiate through my core, nor does it allow His will to be done. If anything, I harden my heart and allow myself to become impenetrable. God can’t work on you when you don’t open up your heart. He can do wonders to you if you just open up a little bit, but how often do we fail to open up our hearts?

We believe in a God that is all powerful, all knowing and all mighty, yet we are always afraid to give ourselves totally to Him, so that He can transform us into the person that He created us to be. How often do we go up for Communion, to receive Christ’s Body and Blood, and go up there nonchalantly? We believe that the Eucharist is God, yet we go up there as if its only bread and wine. Something is wrong here. We need to be more open, especially when going up for Communion.

Jesus gave us very specific instruction on how we are to shine for the world. We are different. We are to bring Christ to those that don’t have Him. Jesus says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father”. Matthew 5:14-16.

This is how we are to live. Constantly in communion with God, to the point that the love and joy that we are experiencing, over flows from our cup and immerses those around us. But far too often we do not do this. Temptations are around us everywhere we go. Sadly, they will not disappear. We must overcome whatever temptations face us today, as well as tomorrow, and so on, until the day that we die.

I don’t know about you, but there are a number of times when people assume that because I’m a Catholic, that I must somehow be above the level of fault and that all desires and temptations have suddenly gone *poof*. They are sometime surprised when I say “no, actually sometimes its even worse being a Catholic, because I have that desire and I know I can not act upon it.” If only saying “yeah, I’m Catholic” also took away all temptations, but we have to remember, even Jesus had temptations, so, guess what? You won’t ever get rid of your temptations, they will come and go, just don’t act on them.

There are many ways we can improve ourselves. Frequent the Sacraments. The Sacraments are what will help you improve yourself. Go to confession often, go to Mass at least weekly and on all Holy Days. Spend time every week in from of the Blessed Sacrament. Spend time daily in prayer. Be Christ for others. These are just a few things we can do, but I know I’d be amiss if I didn’t at least touch on the Sacraments.

So, you’ve got your homework cut out for you. I do too. Its always important to take the time to look over how we are doing. Its always easy to write people off or to avoid people. But we are to rise up to a higher calling. How can you be a better Catholic this week?

I’ll give you a couple of minutes…

Okay, you figured it out? Awesome! Now, go out and do that!

Prayer: How to do it!

I’ve been reading the psalms as part of my scriptural reading and have noticed a few things. The first is how we should always pray to God as if He is with us in the room. In every psalm God’s name is only mentioned a few times, and only a few times. Now, when we pray, we shouldn’t be saying God’s name every 5 words. It isn’t how we would properly communicate with…well, anyone. Frankly, if someone came up to me and said my name after every 5th word, I don’t know how I would take them, but I probably wouldn’t take them seriously.

When we pray, whether it be the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Mary or any Saint or Angel, we should always be sure that we talk from the heart. Talk like you would with your friend. Have a conversation. Mention all the things that are on your mind. Be thankful, be gracious, but most importantly be honest. God knows what is in your heart better than you do. Don’t be afraid to say what you want.

Its also important to realize that God always answers our prayers. Just because we don’t get what we want when we ask for it doesn’t mean he ignored us, for when we ask someone else to do something we either get a “yes” or a “no”. When we ask God for something and we don’t get it, He did indeed answer our prayer, but not with a yes, but, with a no. God knows what we need and what we want. Not always do they match up though. A lot of times we are not asking for things that will help us in our lives, but will end up being crutches later on.

Another theme in the psalms is that really, each prayer is almost like a conversation. They aren’t just a bunch of words that you throw together because you think that God will like what He hears, but really its a conversation. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen said “Prayer is a dialogue”. It is very important to remember this. Now, if we can’t think of things to say, that is one thing, and it is great to use prayers that the Church or Saints have already put to paper for us. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this as they are indeed beautiful prayers. But, how awesome would it be for you to say “I communicate with God because He is my best friend above all earthly things”?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with prayers that have already been written. My favorite devotion is the Rosary, which in my opinion should be recited daily. The Rosary is a powerful tool that Satan despises. He hates it and every time we pray it, he is weakened. Not to mention, we call upon Our Blessed Mother’s intersession. Now, the other really cool thing, is that we get to meditate upon all of Jesus’ important parts of life. The Joyful (Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, Finding in the Temple), the Sorrowful (Agony, Scourging, Crowning of Thorns, Carrying of Cross, Crucifixion), the Glorious (Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of Holy Spirit, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, Coronation of Blessed Virgin Mary) and the Luminous (Baptism, Wedding of Cana, Proclamation, Transfiguration, Institution of the Eucharist). Every single one of these events has Jesus, and as a double, we can also meditate on Mary’s life and how these events affected her as well.

Finally, it is also incredibly important, that when you pray, you don’t do all of the talking, but you listen. God speaks to us during prayer and a lot of the time, we are too busy rambling on and on about our problems, our desires and our wants, and we don’t listen to what God has to say to us. When you pray, find a quiet place to pray. Ask God what His will is for you. You may not hear a response at first, but don’t huff and go “well that didn’t work!”. It will take time. For too long you have done all the talking and none of the listening. It takes time to build up listening skills in daily interactions, so, it will take time to build up these skills with your interaction with Christ as well.

Speak Lord! Your servant Listens!

Jeff April 30, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

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