Saturday, August 25, 2012

Master Yoda

What if we could all be jedi's! And just like luke we could have our own personal yoda! Guiding us on our journey and giving us words of wisdom. That would be pretty epic! Well sorry yoda we've got something better. Bring in the Holy Spirit! Unlike a little green dude, the Holy Spirit is actually God. Thus, He knows a heck of alot more then a little green guy. He also can work through us (Kinda like the force) in amazing ways we can't even imagine! (I always say a prayer to Him before writing a challenge). Of course we'd want to implore that "force"! This week we will implore that force through a novena to the Holy Spirit! 
A novena is a nine-day period of prayer to
obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special
petitions. (Novena is derived from the Latin "novem", meaning nine.) 
I know 9 days is longer then a week, but you can do it! Pray for what ever you need. It does work! I can't guarantee you'll get a light saber, levitate or be able to strangle people with out touching them, but if you can do any of those by the end of the novena let me know. 
A challenge you have been given! A challenge take you must!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Something to Chew

You probably think a talk about lying is something that should only be addressed to a 5 year old, but to many times adults exploit this habit. Lying is possibly the lamest thing ever. It seems like it will work sooooo well in the moment, but 99.9% of the time it comes back to bite you. Also, the thing with lying is if you say it once you have to say another one to cover that one up and then another to cover the second one up. Its like digging a hole you can't get out of. Next time just the truth. It sucks in the moment but over the long run its going to benefit you. Just Something to Chew

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Like a Chicken Without a Head

Our desire for rest, or restlessness, is very great in our world. We are constantly trying to find something to satisfy us. Something we can rest in. Some of us try and find that rest in money. Others try and find it in another person. Aimlessly working for a goal or desire which ultimately won't give us rest but will make us restless. Spending countless hours each day texting others, sitting on Facebook waiting for a notification, or simply vegging and watching TV. In our constant search for rest, we end up walking, even running, in the opposite direction toward restlessness. Hoping that by having this constant contact with others, or simply just having something to do, will satisfy our restlessness. In the words of St. Augustine "Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You". In our constant search for rest we often over look the fact that true rest can only be found in Jesus. This week instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut off looking for rest, take some time to spend with Jesus. Even if you are really busy! If you make time for Him He'll will make time for you! (There are two ways to read into that statement ;P) Will you Take the Challenge?
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Something to Chew

Who is a stronger man? A guy in the gym who is ripped with a six pack and getting all of the women or the man who is tempted (even serverly) to view pornograpy or to lust over a woman he just saw and resit it with not his power but with the help of God.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lovely Love

Picture a place where you are your happiest. Now picture a place where you are your saddest. Now multiply those feelings by a trillion. This is heaven and hell. Naturally we want to get to the happier place, and we also want to bring the person we love the most there. For some of us the person that we love the most is our girlfriend or boyfriend. Sometimes though people get love and sin confused. Love is desiring the greatest good for the beloved (CCC,1766). So if you truly desire the greatest good for the beloved, then you would not what to put your beloved in the state of sin. But still so many people confuse love and sin through intimacy outside of marriage. Through intimacy our bodies are speaking a language of love to one another, and at our wedding day we verbally speak that language through our vows. By speaking the language of our bodies before marriage we are not truly loving the other person but causing them and ourselves to sin. Which obviously isn't love. He/she may say they love you but if their verbal language doesn't match their physical language then it is a lie. Now you or someone you know may have been in this situation, lucky for us God forgives us at confession, but how would do you know what you have done or are doing is love or not? Well if your dad or mom walked into the room what would your reaction be? Thats a pretty good way to tell. This week think about this, and take it to prayer. Do you want to be truly loved? Will you Take the Challenge?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Something To Chew

What is Love?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Do you want a drink?

"The reality that our bodies are a gift, and anything we do to them that can ultimately harm us, or likely shortens our lifespan, and presents us as
ungrateful stewards of the body which the Lord of life gave us !
Of couse, you could add the other things which, not in moderation, do
harm to the body: drugs, smoking, any thing which mutilates or harms the
physical person." - Bishop Daniel Thomas 
As I grow older the offer to "have a drink" comes up more and naturally it should. There is nothing wrong with a drink, in fact its a great way to socialize with your family. I personally don't drink because I am underage. Where I do have a problem is when people are ok or want to get "hammered", for the sake of "fun". Wether you are underage or not. We were each given a body as a gift. We are to take care of this gift and the bodies of others. By overindulging in a good thing we bring harm to our bodies and potentially to others. And at the end of our life the Lord will ask us if we took care of this gift, or did we "waste" it for the sake of "fun"? 
"But can't you use this same argument for candy? Candy isn't good for your body". Yea your right candy isn't, but in moderation candy is fine. Just as alcohol. This week pray for all alcoholics, and maybe think about not getting hammered next time your at a party. Do you want God to think you where an "ungrateful steward of your body"? This life sometimes isn't fun, but its in reparation for the next. Will you Take the Challenge?