I was listening to Fr. John Ricardo on EWTN Radio yesterday and heard him use this term. I immediately thought of a similar image to what you see. God set the pieces in place and initiated the animation. We simply choose to cooperate, or not. God sustains and continues to animate. Amen.
We see smiles on the outside, but the inside is full of pain and suffering. God sees through it and family and friends suspect something is wrong. We just need to be ourselves in all respects and at all times. Amen.
Forgiveness. God is all loving, all knowing, and all forgiving. We only have to ask. And our sin(s) become like a drop(s) of water in the vast oceans. We don't have to live with mistakes and regrets hanging over our head. All of it can be washed away; as often as needed. Accept His gift. Amen.
We have to go back to God created us in His image and likeness. We have intellect and an innate desire for love. Any decision we (You and I) make is our own and we (you and I) are accountable; no one else. We are suppose to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them. We "grow" from learning and mistakes can be great teachers. We need to own our mistakes, and not blame anyone or anything else. Amen.
Let's be honest, life is full of rules - parent's rules of the house, school code of conduct, rules of the road, and employer policies. What's the underlying purpose? To set standards, promote safety, and measurable goals. So how are God's Commandments any different?
God, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, made us in His image and likeness. Not in appearance, but in intellect and dignity. At the beginning He gave us the gift to live eternally with Him. He also gave us the gift of "Free Will" to except the first gift. We can choose to accept or decline the gift. But as with any choice in life there are consequences. Amen.
God expects too much of us? Our God who is love, creates out of love, and sustains out of love, asks us to love and gave us 10 Commandments to do it by. Jesus simplified it for us with 2 Commandments. Both are to love God and neighbor. Amen.
Anything not of God and His Plan is disordered. It's just that simple. Any attempt by anyone to say otherwise is playing god and creating more disorder. The grace is while God is not part of the disorder, He is still present. Thank God!
Everything starts with God and our self. And, everything ends with God and our self. God is in every aspect and detail of our lives. His presence gives purpose to everything. Without Him we don't exist. Amen.