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!
At the end of the Last Supper Jesus says, "Do this in memory of me." Memory - "think about it." Do we? Do we believe the bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ? This is the source and summit of our faith! In all honesty, anything else is a lie. Praise God!
Jesus tells us, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..." The evil one doesn't want us to have the riches of Jesus. We must protect ourselves and others through Jesus. Our sanctuary is the Church. Praise God!
What do we do once we find it? Do we give up everything else up for the prize of prizes? Hard questions to ask; but necessary to answer. The reality is there is no one person or thing that compares to Jesus. He offers us more than we can comprehend. Praise God!
We are all born with "something" missing. As we grow we begin to look for it. We feel incomplete until we find it. Many people settle for other "things" but a few find it. That something is God. Only He can complete us. It is in our exercise of free will to accept His love and then share His gift with others. We are then complete. Praise God!
Change is a reality. And yet, many people fear change. To change our minds on a matter is considered weakness or compromise; and we can no longer be trusted. To change is to grow. What I know and believe now at 60+ has changed drastically (and for the better) than when I was 20. The key is that God is the reason for the change. Praise God!