I’m really hoping not to fall into my usual winter slump this year. If I take a look at my lowest lows, they’ve actually all been during the cold months, like the winter of eighth grade. My thirteenth autumn/winter, after … Continue reading
“Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.”
William Shakespeare Sonnet 116
Some believe that a man ‘decides‘ to romantically fall in love with a girl. I am not sure how a person would decide to have romantic feelings nor do I believe that this would be a good thing. Instead, I hope to convince you that romantic love is sacrifice, not a decision. Sacrifice is often the most revealing sign of romantic love.
Actions Are Evidence
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I didn’t always love Mary. Don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome. She is the mother of Christ, after all. When I was in high school and first learned that Mary was only about 14 when she…
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Please don’t scroll past this video. Whatever you’re doing, I’m begging you to take the time to listen to this song and remember that you are a unique, handsewn, handpicked creation of God, who makes no mistakes. Stop trying to … Continue reading
I’ve got my Rosary out, and I’m ready to pray a few decades for John’s conversion of heart.
I really don’t have enough faith in my own prayers, and I just keep trying to remind myself that when I doubt my prayers, I’m doubting Jesus’s mercy and willingness to help me. I know that whenever my prayers seem to go unanswered, God just has something better in mind, but it can be scary having to accept “no” for an answer, even if God is offering something greater. Also, it can be so difficult to accept that some things take time, though I try to remember that God’s timing is always perfect.
Jesus, life’s disappointments have left me disillusioned, jaded and cynical. I guess you get to a place where you tell yourself you don’t believe in miracles, knowing that deep down you desperately want to be proven wrong. Lord, grant me childlike faith. Cleanse me of my doubt, that my heart may look to You for every answer. I know You’re listening, and I know that You, who conquered sin and death, will answer my prayers and likewise conquer the binds of sin and lust on John’s heart. You alone will fill the void he’s tried to fill with sex and earthly pleasures. I know You can do these things, O Jesus, because You’ve already done them for me.
Before I go to bed, I want to share my chastity prayers with you guys. I say them every night, and they’ve helped me to fight temptations for nearly four years. The first is the Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose purity was challenged immensely when his father and brothers tried to tempt him with a prostitute:
Dear Jesus, I know that every perfect gift,
and especially that of chastity,
depends on the power of Your providence.
Without You a mere creature can do nothing.
Therefore, I beg You to defend by Your grace
the chastity and purity of my body and soul.
And if I have ever imagined or felt anything
that could stain my chastity and purity,
blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers,
that I may advance with a pure heart in Your love and service,
offering myself on the most pure altar of Your divinity
all the days of my life. Amen.
And the Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas for Purity:
Chosen lily of innocence, pure St. Thomas,
who kept chaste the robe of baptism
and became an angel in the flesh after being girded by two angels,
I implore you to commend me to Jesus, the Spotless Lamb,
and to Mary, the Queen of Virgins.
Gentle protector of my purity, ask them that I,
who wear the holy sign of your victory over the flesh,
may also share your purity,
and after imitating you on earth
may at last come to be crowned with you among the angels. Amen.
Goodnight, my wonderfull followers! If you ever need prayers, advice or anything else, I’m always here.
‘I was so extremely dainty that the least want of cleanliness made me feel inclined to vomit. He reproved me for this with such severity, that, on one occasion, being about to remove what a sick person had vomited, I was constrained to take it up with my tongue and swallow it, saying: “Had I a thousand bodies, O my God, a thousand loves and a thousand lives, I would immolate them all to Thy service!” I experienced such delight in this action that I would have wished to meet every day with similar occasions, that I might thus learn to conquer myself, having God alone as witness. And He, Whose goodness alone had given me the strength to overcome myself did not fail to manifest to me the pleasure He had taken therein. For the following night, if I mistake not, He kept me for two or three hours…
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This is very helpful. I agree with Cardinal Francis George’s statement: “What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval.” We can and must accept others in spite of their sins, but the actions are still sinful. Society wants us to adjust our morals to be “politically correct”, but the truth of sexual morality lies in our bodily design. God created sex and marriage for a man and woman to procreate. Gay marriage is an oxymoron in and of itself because procreation is physically impossible. There is no need to shame or condemn others, but we must recognize sin for what it is.
In recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian and Catholic. Hence, it is necessary once again to instruct on this matter and to reassert what Scripture plainly teaches and why the Church cannot affirm what the world demands we affirm.
An essential fact is that the Scriptures are very clear in unambiguously, uncompromisingly declaring homosexual acts as a serious sin and as disordered. “Disordered” here means that they are acts that are not ordered to their proper end or purpose. Sexual acts are, by their very nature, ordered to procreation and to the bonding of the mother and father who will raise the children conceived by their sexual intimacy. These ends or purposes have been intrinsically joined by God, and we are…
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