"The state of the world." A common topic of discussion with questions like: "How did it come to this?" or "Where are we headed?" People want to play god, put themselves first, or whatever. Really the same old, same old, since the beginning of time. We just can't get God be God and let His plan of loved and to love be how we live our daily life. Praise God!
Big differences. Mary in her youth said, "yes." John the Baptist preached and baptized repentance to those who listened, and we are called to do the same. Nothing big. Just a little human heart filled with love and sharing it. Praise God!
Jesus calls us to do what opposes typical human thinking. We get mad, we want to get even. But that is not His answer. Easy to say, but not to put into practice. Why? Because we can't do it without Jesus. Praise God!
A role model for us in all respects of life. Mama Mary's love for God, her Son, and us is total and pure. She has experienced great trials, pain, and suffering. God was always her consoler and she endured, just as we should; especially in these most difficult times. Praise God!
Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Take some time to reflect on the love shared between two human hearts - Jesus and us. It is life altering. Two beating hearts in love synchronize so that the beat becomes as one. Are we one? He invites us each and every day to do so. Praise God!
When things aren't going the way we planned, how do we make ourselves happy? That was a trick question... First - if we think everything should go as we plan then we must also think we're in control. Second - nothing we can buy or do will bring us true happiness. The happiness is typically short lived and the unhappiness returns even worse than before. A vicious cycle. Want to be truly consoled. Turn to God first.
It appears most people just settle for some acceptable level of permanent unhappiness. It doesn't have to be that way. God wants His children to be happy. He not only tells us how to achieve it, but achieve it for ever. We only have to use our eyes to see and our ears to hear. Praise God!
When we hear God and realize we are clearly not where He wants us all we have to do is start to move in the right (His) direction. God is always patiently waiting for us with open arms to love us, forgive us, and help us. And it is never too late. Praise God!