When Pope Benedict announced his retirement the Catholic world was abuzz. I wrote “Be Careful You Don’t Become the Next Pope” in response to what I saw were astounding displays of fear and pride. Many pledged to “police” his every word and action and boy, they’ve been true to their promise!
What occurs to me is this: As Christians we are a family. The Pope is our Holy Father and the Church our mother.
The glory of Easter morning! The horrific events of the crucifixion are eclipsed by joy, disbelief and astounding glory. He is risen. Truly risen. He has conquered death and with it, all sins that lead to death. We are saved. We are set free. It’s REALITY! The God who IS reality, “I AM” has told us, has proven Himself through His cross and resurrection.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Intentions, by definition, are: the things that you plan to do or achieve; an aim or a purpose.
These could be good or bad intentions just like anything else. By choosing positive intentions, with a positive mindset, we feel most in line with our purpose for the world and for the greater good. Plus, it just feels good!
Sometimes it’s seems hard to be an American Catholic. The Church preaches the Cross and the Constitution preaches our right to pursue happiness. How do we reconcile the two? It’s a challenge. Let’s face it, living here in the U.S., it’s hard to avoid the bombardment of enticements for the latest toys, pleasures and conveniences. They’re attractive, after all. And having human emotions we are naturally attracted to all that’s good, beautiful and true. Pictures of that Caribbean beach vacation package are going to get our attention, especially this year as we experience the coldest temperatures on record.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Lent – a time to repent; to look at things in our lives that we know are not in alignment with God. A time when we focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God and leading up to the Resurrection of our Lord. My question is why just during Lent? Growing up I couldn’t comprehend why people were always giving something up during this time. I understood from the Bible why we did. What I couldn’t understand was why we didn’t just live our lives this way all the time.
In no area of life do we experience more pain than when it comes to broken relationships. Obviously an equally heart wrenching experience is losing a loved one through death. The pain of divorce, though, can often be more devastating and lead to longer term stress. Even the break up of romantic non-marital relationships can take a heavy toll.
There’s nothing worse than running into and “ex” with whom you had a bad ending. It’s awkward. It can be painful. But it doesn’t have to be. Imagine running into an ex without all that angst?
I don’t know about you, but the hype for this movie really gets me going.
Check out my guest blog in The National Catholic Register:
Fifty Shades of Psychologically Imprudent, Self-Defeating and Out of Touch with Reality
Get in on the conversation. Would love to hear your views!
I remember reading a great book by Harville Hendrix years ago, Getting the Love You Want. The point he made so well was that we tend to marry our lost self - that part of ourselves that may have gone underground because of past wounds from our childhood. He also made the point that whatever mistakes may be made in a first marriage, these tend to be repeated in the second. The underlying reason is the unconscious motivations that lead us to choose the partners that we do. Tragically many divorces could be avoided if we understood this.
Well, here’s something I never thought I’d write about: The Super Bowl. My history with it has been uneven, at best. I used to see it as a great time to get out with my girlfriends. Restaurants and movie theatres were empty - the world was my oyster! Then I graduated to the Super Bowl party - the great post holiday excuse to see friends, eat lots of junk, and break up the monotony of winter. Now it’s more sedate as my honey actually likes to watch the game and not be distracted by the party. My constant questions like “Are you rooting for the blue guys?” and “Why is everyone screaming?” are distractions enough.
Remember the consolation prize? You picked the wrong door on Let’s Make a Deal and instead of a new car or an all expense paid trip to Hawaii you got a year's supply of Eskimo pies or Rice-a-Roni - the San Francisco treat. Always made me wonder how consoling such prizes actually were!
(And, what IS the average daily requirement of Eskimo pies?)