Catholicism is the largest faith community in the world: more than a billion members. We have built a culture based on appearance: everything looks good, but scratch the surface, and you will discover little substance. If you ask 100 Catholics what the church’s mission is, you would get 100 different answers. Catholics must know their mission.
We are failing to do as Christ did — namely, to reach out and meet people where they are in their need, in their brokenness. We are failing to engage them. We are failing to show them how Jesus can ease their pain and make them whole again.
Gandhi once said after reading parts of the Bible on becoming a Christian, “If I had ever met one, I would have become one.”
Life can be wonderful, but brief.
We often confuse pleasure with happiness. So we spend a large portion of our lives chasing shadows. We have given ourselves over to a thousand different whims, cravings and fantasies. This has nothing to do with real joy in our life.
Today’s generation questions everything: we have grown skeptical, and even cynical in our search for truth. We are overloaded with information and overwhelmed and tired — we merely want to survive.
“Most people lead lives of quiet desperation”, observed Henry David Thoreau. In fact, the treatment for depression is ten times greater today than it was even 15 years ago. The suicide rates among teenagers and young adults have reached epidemic levels.
We become what we celebrate. What are we celebrating? What are we here for? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Have we been distracted? Actually, the loss of our essential purpose is the cause of the great modern madness. The great misery is to be purposeless. People have simply become disoriented.
Joy is usually measured in moments while unhappiness seems to go on forever.
How do I find joy in my life? A better question is: How do I find joy in my life which is usually by bringing joy to other people?
The human heart is on a quest for happiness — as the desert yearns for rain. God wants us to be happy. The philosophy of Christ is the ultimate philosophy of human happiness. It isn’t just a way of life: it is the way of life. “I have come that your may have life and have it to the fullest.” John 10:10
So, we must ask the question: what work do You wish for me to do with my life? What is Your will for my life? So if you want to be happy for a lifetime and beyond, seek the will of God for your life.
Jesus is the single greatest agent of change in human history. He has captured the imagination of every generation. He gives us a vision: “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.” Proverbs 29:18
St. Augustine’s famous saying, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord.” In God will man find the truth and happiness, which he never stops yearning for. This is the mission of the Church: to be God’s direct and intimate response to our heart’s unceasing desire for happiness: to proclaim the Gospel to the people of every nation in every age; to share the life-giving gift of the Gospel. “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
We are created to be loved and to love, and there is a restlessness, a longing for more, a profound discontent with our lives and with our culture. Our generation wants to witness someone , anyone –just one will do — living an authentic life: “don’t tell me — show me!”
Holiness is surrendering to the Will of God; it is letting our decisions be guided by the Holy Spirit. So, God calls each of us to live holy lives. We are perfected by the grace of God, which is the power of God alive within us. It is a gift from God when we cooperate with His plan for our lives.
Holiness and prayer are a matched couple, yet many people fail to establish a daily habit of prayer. God is our Friend and friends like to know what is going on in each other’s lives. Those who pray daily know that if you neglect prayer for one day, you become less focused. Why? Because prayer allows you to hear the voice of God in our lives and to walk where He wants you to walk. In the silence, God speaks and we are able to hear His quiet voice; He bestows His wisdom on us. All this happens during 10 to 20 minutes of the day.
The rich are called to live holy lives by using their wealth in productive ways that foster their own growth and the growth of others. The same is true of the talented people who are expected to share the benefit of their talents. It is all about being of value to others. Those who are holy enjoy a richer, more abundant experience of life, more than you can imagine. There is nothing more attractive than holiness — more inspiring and more intriguing.
Christ said to Peter, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch” Luke 5:4 The world, on the other hand, is constantly calling us to fish in the shallow water.
Love is the core of Jesus’ philosophy. For to love is to give your self freely. Yet to give yourself to another or to God, you must first possess your self. We must become the best-version-of-ourselves, with the loving nature of God.
Much of this post is influenced from this wonderful book:
Something Wonderful is about to Happen!
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