Hi, everyone. In case you did not see the email, we need help for the confirmation reception. It’s very important that we give a warm welcome to our new bishop, so please sign up to contribute. It will be after the confirmation mass, which all confirmation students should be in anyway, so it won’t hurt to stay a little longer. On behalf of Ms. Pia, thank you all who have signed up, and to all those who will.
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I have had a tough day. I got started late, my plane sat on the tarmac for 20 minutes making us late. I didn’t get time to eat lunch, blaa….blaa…blaa……. Complaining can become a habit and once you start it is hard to stop. We are all tempted to whine about the frustrations of our day, but don’t do it. Today, instead of complaining, count your blessings. How can your blessings help you overcome the hardships of your day?
“Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world.”
How do “little white lies” affect those around you? I know that many times we can be tempted to bend the facts to avoid a hassle or maybe to stay out of trouble, but those little lies can get out of hand quickly. God’s policy is honesty. Lies usally have a way of hurting people, so even when it is hard we must be honest with those around us. Have you been hurt by someone’s untruth? Or have you possibly caused someone else to feel bad?
Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
God has given each of us special talent. It is up to each of you to nurture those abilities and put them to proper use. The world we live in is filled with countless distractions, so it I pretty easy to squander our time and talents. We will be very successful if we build our lives around the talents God gave us, not the ones we wish we had. What are your gifts? How can you nurture them for God’s plan?
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given us, let us exercise them: if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does act of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Sometimes it is tempting to avoid or put off my responsibilities. Procrasinating is so easy to do, yet causes so many problems. We are late to appointments, or we cannot go out with our friends, because we didn’t get our assignments done when it was first given. Things are sometimes never finished, because we plan to do a good deed, but we get sidetracked and the original thought is gone. Do you find yourself putting things off to the last minute and how does that effect you and those around you?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
How strong is your faith? Faith in God is contagious, you can pass your faith onto others that you encounter. Act, pray and trust God with the knowledge that others are watching. How do you show your faith to others?
Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous , be strong. Your every act should be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Let me start by apologizing for not posting anything last week. I was out of town on business and my schedule was a bit overwhelming. I have been thinking about how I let my life interfere with my relationship with God. Jobs, school, and many things in our life are important. I need a job to feed my family, you need an education to be successful in most things, sports are important in building team work and social skills need to be a productive member of society, but these thing cannot overshadow our connection to God. What things help you to put God first in your life?
Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.