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Be Prepared for the Coming Persecution

If you are going to stand up for the Truth and proclaim God’s mercy and love, you need to be prepared for the persecution that will follow: “If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.” John 15:18-20.

Jesus Hand Pierced

It is not an easy road to follow Jesus. He even told us so: “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!” Matthew 7:13-14.

Whether you stand against pornography, homosexuality, transsexualism, extra-marital sex, divorce, remarriage, or any other sexual evil, you will be persecuted. The destruction of the family and society is in full force. The Devil and his minions, both angelic and human, are out on the prowl looking to destroy anybody who is in their way. But don’t fret. You’re reward is not here on this earth, but in Heaven where your Father is.

You will be called a bigot for standing against indecency. You will be called judgmental for calling out sin. You will be called a hater for your disgust at sin. But this is all good in the eyes of God, because anything that is offensive to Him and goes against Him is worthy of destruction. But our Lord is merciful, and is willing to pour His mercy upon those who seek it.

Jeff June 11, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

The 5 Love Languages

During my marriage preparation classes, my priest told me and my now wife about the 5 Love Languages. He advised us that we should take the quiz, and that way we can learn more about ourselves, and how to interact with each other. And let me tell you, it has worked wonders for our marriage.

The 5 Love Languages is based on the research of Dr. Gary Chapman. What are the 5 Love Languages you ask? Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Each category describes the way in which we most feel loved.

Words of Affirmation is basically anything that would be a compliment, such as “I Love you”, “You look beautiful”, or “I’m really proud of you!”. Basically saying nice things.

Receiving Gifts can be as simple as a note from you spouse, a surprise candy bar or even just little surprises left around the house.

Acts of Service would be running errands for your spouse, doing chores that your spouse doesn’t like to do or other similar things.

Quality Time obviously would be spending time with the other and physical touch can range all over the place.

Each one of us has a primary and a secondary love language. The primary language is what fills up your “love tank” faster, but the secondary love language will also fill up said “love tank”. Knowing what fills up your love tank will help you feel more loved by your spouse when they do those activities. This also works vice versa, you need to do those things that make your spouse feel loved.

Now, this has helped my wife and I to understand each other, and it’s great how it has helped our marriage. For example, after knowing each other’s love languages, we know that when it comes to arguing what not to do. My wife’s primary love language is Words of Affirmation, so when we argue, I can’t fall into the temptation of calling her names, as that will devastate her. We shouldn’t be calling each other names regardless of our love language, but I am now more aware of it.

As society continually tries to push gay “marriage” and to undermine that of traditional marriage, we need to create strong marriages. I feel that knowing your spouse’s primary and secondary love language will do just that.

When you feel loved, you want to share that love. The powers of love can not be held within our own human person, as we are creatures of finite space and possibility, love, in itself, is infinite. This is the reason why when it comes to creating our priorities, no human person, even if it be our husband or wife or children or anybody, should be our number one.

As humans, we only have a finite space to fill with love, though, we have an infinite ability to give love. When we put all of our love into another person, we will crush them. However, the love for God, that is, the love that God gives to us, we can receive, even though it is infinite, because God created us to be able to receive that love that He gives. God, being infinite, can also receive that infinite love that we can give. Thus, it would make perfect sense to love God before all others.

You can purchase The 5 Love Languages at Amazon. You can also find out what your love language is by taking the test here.

Jeff October 3, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Living Life for Our Father

I was in Adoration with the Lord last night and I will say that it was a rather amazing experience, as it usually is. This time however, I experienced a new way of putting God first in my life.

Let us think of it this way. Jesus is the Ultimate Father and we should live our lives according to His commandments along with any other direction He gives us. We should not do something because of an individual in our lives, but more or less for Him. Yet, for some of us, including myself, it is difficult to put that into perspective. What I mean is, it is far easier to do something when there is a physical being in front of us and we can see their emotions based on their actions.

When we sin, we upset God, it is basic doctrine and understanding. When we do this, we can go to confession and be forgiven if we are sincere in our apology. This makes it also difficult because God, as easily as He is offended by our sin, He is also as easily ready to forgive us and forget our sins. When we have a physical person there, we see the long-term effects of that sin, no matter how grave or venial they may be.

Going with this philosophy, let us now think of it this way. Speaking from a man’s point of view, when I am ready to venture on into the Sacrament of Marriage, I must first ask permission of my ladies father. I must have earned his respect and demonstrated that I am perfectly able to take her into my home and love her as she deserves and be able to raise a family with her. In order to have gotten his approval I would have had to show him that I am mature and responsible enough to have gotten this far.

While this is a good way to demonstrate how we should act when trying to pursue into this intimate relationship, it doesn’t work all the time. What about when her father isn’t around? What about when she isn’t around? One must behave maturely at all times, not just when certain people are around.

Since Jesus as I mentioned earlier is the Ultimate Father, He IS her Father. With this mindset, it does not matter what state in the dating/courtship/marriage process we are in. Since we must always be showing our love for God in our entirety, we should think of trying to prove our worth to Him. He knows who we are going to end up with, and thus, we should always be proving our love as well as our maturity to Him.

If we are indeed proving ourselves to Jesus, we know that we are showing our love to Him, which will only allow us to open ourselves up to loving others as we should love ourselves. When we show God that we are willing to put Him before anything else, we are being loving and following in Christ’s footsteps. We are indeed being Christian.

This should be our inspiration. When we look at God as Father of our future spouse, we can be more willing to be able to live our lives the way that God had intended.

For women, it is a slightly different analogy. You don’t have to ask permission of your future husband’s father in order to marry him. But, at the same time, you want to be able to make an impression on his father to know that his son will be marrying an amazing woman who will be a loving wife to his son as well as an amazing mother to his grandchildren. Jesus IS your future husband’s Father.

This idea is such a good motivation for living a good Christian life. This is how Jesus wants us to be, it is a good mentality to have when trying to live your life set in the footsteps of the Only Son of Our Lord. You are not living your life this way because you are being forced, but rather, so that you are proving that you can live your life in a way that will be respectful for your future spouse, in all that you do, inspired by God. He is the Supreme Father and showing that you have put Him in your life first, as well as doing all that you can to impress Him by obeying Him you are setting yourself up for whomever He has set aside for you.

May God bless you on this wonderful day.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us
St. Joseph, Most Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for Us

Jeff August 7, 2008 Leave A Comment Permalink

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