“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.”
This nearly mirrors the Little Flower’s famous saying, “We must do small things with great love.” When we put this into practice with our family members, it may well involve doing the petty, grievous things, such as getting a child a glass of water or bringing in the newspaper for our spouse. But these acts, when done with kindness and true charity, multiply so that the home is filled with harmony and love.
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With everything remember this simple rule:
“Trust, but verify.” -Ronald Reagan
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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Clearly Jesus understood that we would have troubles in this life. He even spoke of the necessity of our taking up our crosses as His followers (Matt 16:24). But He wants to assist us in getting through tough spots with His help and His grace. Life’s worries can turn us all into “control freaks” at times, fretting over problems we can’t seem to “fix” on our own.
Jesus did say at the Last Supper, “In the world you will have affliction. But take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus clearly wished to leave His apostles, and in a larger sense us as well, with both peace and courage. Remember that He always is with us (Matt 28:20).
Prayer, reading scripture, and learning more about our faith through our Catechism and other such resources, can help you tremendously in discerning God’s will for you. So can seeking advice from your parish community, a priest, a support group, or better yet if possible, a spiritual director. There’s no reason to “go it alone” if you don’t have to!
In the end, the important thing is to realize when thinking about your trials, quandaries, or tribulations that “this too shall pass”. May the serenity prayer give you the strength, wisdom, and peace of mind you need to navigate your troubled waters, with God’s help!
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The Church as a loving mother encourages us not to despair of the eternal salvation of those that have taken their own lives…but to pray for them. #Suicide 🙏
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“Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -St. Paul
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“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hetacombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we are ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?” -St. Maximilian Kolbe
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No, the Church cannot change its doctrines no matter how badly some theologians may want it to or how loudly they claim it can. The doctrines of the Catholic Church are the deposit of faith revealed by Jesus Christ, taught by the apostles, and handed down in their entirety by the apostles to their successors. Since revealed truth cannot change, and since the deposit of faith is comprised of revealed truth, expressed in Scripture and Sacred Tradition, the deposit of faith cannot change.
While it’s certainly true that our Lord’s words to the apostles in Matthew 18:18-19 grant authority to the apostles to “bind” the members of the Church to believe the doctrines of the Church (“He who listens to you listens to me. He who rejects you rejects me and the one who sent me” [Luke 10:16]), the “loosing” spoken of in Mathew. 18:18 does not mean the apostles can modify doctrine.
The Church does not have the power to do the impossible, to change or delete divinely revealed truth which forms the deposit of faith. Rather, the concept of loosing, as it pertains to the apostles and their successors, has more to do the Church’s ability to dispense individuals or the whole Church from observing certain ecclesiastical disciplines.
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“Speaking truth will rarely earn you friends, but it will reveal who your true friends are and who are true friends of Christ.” -Mark Hart
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“Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.” -Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
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