From the MOMAStore. I like it. Normally $30USD.
From the MOMAStore. You can get it here. $24USD
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Be what God intended for you to be. For those who would rather not put it that way, then here is another way to say it. Discover your gifts, find what you're good at and what you enjoy doing. What are you passionate about? Develop those gifts. Because you are gifted in that way, for the same effort, you will be better at it than one who is not gifted in that way. In other words, you will have a greater return for your efforts.
Now if you are exceptionally gifted and society does not have a nice little niche for you, then you may just have to carve out a niche for yourself. But until you have the resources to carve that niche, you may have to work at something you're not so passionate about. That's OK. If God intended a path for you, walk in faith and you will get to your destination.
Please don't just "be whatever you want to be." Be what God intends you to be.
Posted by seeking_something at 12:15 AM
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
There is a Catholic church on the left, then shortly after, the Planned Parenthood on the right, and during these several days: a bit further and there's a billboard on the left with the message "He is Risen!" advertising a Christian radio station.
On this particular day, my mind stayed on the thought of abortion as I pass through that corridor. I was reminded of a sermon by Joel Osteen of Lakewood Churh on what I will call "intrinsic value." I will summarize the idea here, but I assure you that his presentation was much better. As an example, he asked if he were to take a $20 bill (or some such money) out to the parking lot, throw it on the ground and stomp on it and get it dirty, how much is it worth? Would you still want it? What if he were to then crumple it up and get it all wrinkled, what is it worth? What if that bill went through the laundry became all faded? What if it had a small piece of the corner torn off? In fact, what if it were torn to several pieces and then were carefully taped back together? (or like some bills I once received as change: What if it reeked of cigarette smoke?)
The point is that the value of the $20 bill is backed by the US Treasury and it holds it value regardless of what it looks like (within limits, of course). We humans have a value that is backed by God. Regardless of how beat up we may be, our value does not diminish. The same value holds for that child in the womb.
In the story of Jonah, God raised a gourd plant that shaded Jonah for a day but then the plant died. Without the plant to shade him, Jonah then suffered from the scorching heat. God made the following point with Jonah:
But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry over the gourd plant?” Jonah answered, “I have a right to be angry—angry enough to die.”We may have people, pets, plants, and so forth whom we love and care much about. But so much greater--"beyond our imagination and understanding" greater-- is God's love and concern for every one of His children. I believe that we wound Him when we harm each other; we wound Him when we have abortions.
Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the gourd plant which cost you no effort and which you did not grow; it came up in one night and in one night it perished. And should I not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals?”
Posted by seeking_something at 12:57 AM
Saturday, April 26, 2014
I am a lazy blogger. More absent than not. I've thought of you often ... it just never made it to the blog. Happy Easter to all. On the spiritual side, I've been sleep walking. So far I've not missed Sunday Mass. If I've missed any Holy Days of obligation, I am not aware.
For Lent, there was an opportunity to volunteer and I did one outing where we went and built a ramp so the homeowner can get in/out of the house. For some, stair steps are a physical barrier. We volunteers didn't finish the ramp but we did help much. The ramp builder (http://www.texasramps.org/) more than likely finished it by the end of the day. It was fun.
I planted a tree but slogging through its roots to examine its root structure, I ended up removing practically all of its roots because they were deformed from the start. Cutting roots at the point before it got deformed left a mere 4 inches or so of woody root. Needless to say, I now have a very dead-looking tree planted for all to see. I don't know if it will recover. Please pray for my tree. It was beautiful, full of newly sprouted fresh green leaves when I purchased it for a pretty penny. Now it isn't so beautiful. Just another ordinary folk with an ordinary struggle. Life can be hilarious.
Posted by seeking_something at 2:17 PM
Monday, March 10, 2014
How many months are in a year? One dozen!
...move along now, there's nothing to see here
Posted by seeking_something at 11:24 PM
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Posted by seeking_something at 7:09 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Posted by seeking_something at 10:00 PM
Since the music is of the same format during all Masses at this parish. I have no choice as member but to endure it; a penance during Mass.
The saddest Mass I've attended at this parish was when they did it in Gregorian Chant. Most people were confused. The congregation was generally unable to participate, even on the responses. It was a very quiet Mass.
Posted by seeking_something at 11:03 AM