Monday, November 17, 2014

Death of True Martyrdom

This is inspired by the monthly prayer intention fro September 2013. "...that Christians suffering persecution may, by their witness, be prophets of Christ's love."
I wonder if suffering and/or dying for our faith has the same impact on non believers as it used to. With the rise of radical Islam and people willing to "martyr" themselves to murder innocent people do people see believers in Christ willing to suffer and die for our faith as just another segment of the "crazy religious folks"? With the rise of Christian preachers who teach that we are rewarded if we are "good" and suffer if we are "bad" is the beauty and value in sacrifice, suffering, and dying for our faith distorted in the minds of believers as well as nonbelievers?
Muslims seeking out death is not true martyrdom  It is pride and vanity. Jesus and His disciples avoided it when they could. When people were plotting to imprison or kill them they fled in many instances. They only suffered torture and death when there was no other option. They embraced the idea that martyrdom may be necessary but they didn't seek it out as many do today.They didn't try to take others with them into their martyrdom and they certainly didn't do it to earn a reward. They didn't run around seeking the cross.
I pray that the beauty and value of true martyrdom will not be further distorted by the perverse version many other faiths participate in today. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

I Know Better

This is based on a journal entry from September 7 2013 on the evening of my second day in a row of no food.
I woke up in the middle of the night. I wanted to masturbate for some reason and at the same didn't. I felt a hunger inside. Something I wanted satiated. I don't feel strong hunger for food which would make sense. My legs really hurt.After a few minutes I wanted to get something to eat but I feel like this is a test. Jesus got me through the day, He,ll get me through the rest of the night.
Not sure why, if I'm hungry, which I have to be, I would wake and think to masturbate. Are eating and sex connected somehow in my mind?I don't just want to eat at this point I want to eat gluttonously. I want to stiff my face. I want top consume for the pleasure of it.
I feel empty from not eating and I'm used to filling an empty feeling with physical pleasure of some sort?
I think of Jesus hungry in the desert and the devil tempting Him. He made it 40 days. I can surely make it four more hours. He is with me always and with Him anything is possible.
Got out of the bed and spent some time praying. I joined my suffering with His for the sake of those suffering in Syria.I'll read until I fall asleep.
I felt I should read St. Ignatius letters. I started reading the one on obedience dated January 14, 1548. "How far from making a pleasing sacrifice to God is anyone who offers God a non obligatory action, even an action which is of itself more perfect, against the mind of his superior!"
Luke 10:16 "Whoever hears you hears me, whoever despises you despises me."
Then read about the unacceptable sacrifices of Saul and Cain because they came from disobedience.
The church gives us a way to fast. Instead of following their guidance I disobey and do things my way. They suggest a light meal in the middle of the day. I choose no food. I choose my way. I presume to know better then the leaders of God's church.
This is pride. To place my own will above that of Christ's representatives on earth.
"Great is the glee of the enemy of our nature when he sees a soul traveling, even on ways that are truly lofty and sublime, without caution and without the bridle of someone able to rule and govern, for he has all the more reason to anticipate it's fall and plunge to ruin." By disobeying the church saying have a small meal I've put myself in danger of giving in to sexual sin and gluttony as well as anger and hatred. This is not God's will.
I am going to eat out of obedience.
Thank you Lord for leading me to these passages and opening my eyes to the pride in my sacrifice.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Long Road

Inspired while meditating on Jesus in the Temple in the The Joyful Mysteries of The Holy Rosary. "Mary: Son why have you done this to us? We have been searching for you in sorrow. Jesus: Why did you search for me? Did you not know I must be about my Father's business?" Mary and Joseph were focused on the here and now. What they could see and understand. Jesus saw the big picture. The long view versus their short view.
Lord help me to trust in your long view when I am only able to see what's right in front of me.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Without Light

John 8:12 "I am the light of the world...whoever follows me will have the light of life." He is the light of the world whether we choose to follow Him or not. If we choose not to follow the light the light is still there but is covered by the shadow cast by the moon of my free will.
The moon, my will, passes between the Son/sun and me blotting out the light that flows from being open to and following God's will. The shadow of my will distorts how I see and hear God's will.
Lord never let my will eclipse yours.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

All About Courage

Great information on the Courage apostolate. The Catholic church's outreach to people with same sex attraction.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In My Boat

Journal entry September 5,2013.
Luke 5:1-11 "Getting into one of the boats...he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore." Jesus is in me. In my boat. When he enters our boat He only asks for a little at first. Had Simon asked him to get out of his boat he would have. But Simon did as Jesus asked. I feel going on this talk show I've been asked to be on would be me asking Jesus to get out of my boat.
"put out into the deep waters and lower your nets for a catch." After Jesus sees Simon Peter's willingness to follow his request he asks more of him. He asks him to do something that Simon is unsure of but he does as Jesus asks and is rewarded with a bounty of fish.
If I follow Jesus he will send me out to fish in the deep. Fish for men in places, or at times, I may not think are ideal. He knows best. I can trust him to guide my boat to the best soul fishing spots.
"When they brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed Him." He's made himself known to me. I know he will lead me where he wants me and will use me there.
I will follow your will on the talk show opportunity and in everything else with your help Lord Jesus.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Talk Show Offer

This is from my journal the day after I was contacted about making an appearance on a talk show on September 5, 2013.. 
Collective Prayer "God...giver of every good gift...." Help me clearly see what is good and what's bad. Help me know what is from you and what isn't. What is from you and what is from our enemy. "keep safe what you have nurtured..." Your Holy Spirit has grown strong in me. I am a better carrier of your light to the world. Protect me from myself. From my ego that may become the bushel covering your light.
Colossians 1:9-14 "...filled with the knowledge of God's will...to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord." I must follow God's will for my life. I want to be filled with knowledge of what he wants for and from me. I want to be a good ambassador for Him in everything I do. Help me decrease as you increase. I want to be set apart from this world. Help me walk in a manner worthy of You. I want your will to be mine.
"So as to be fully pleasing, in every good work, bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God..." I must be sure that my words and actions produce good fruit. Every aspect of my life should be pleasing to him. 
I was tempted to go on this talk show but they wanted old me. Angry, bitter, confrontational me. I knew it wouldn't jive with what God wanted from me. I was still strongly tempted but God handled it and they never called me again. 
There are only two paths. Toward and away from Christ. This would have led me away. Thankfully He helped me stay on my current course.