Love is kind

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

And the crowd went wild

I was at a Yankees game the other day at the "US Cellular" field in Chicago against the White Sox. I think that I just think differently than most people sometimes. I can be an idealist a lot. But I think many people who love their faith think like this, too. Anyway, I was watching the game and there was a break between innings. I was looking around, observing people (which I LOVE to do) and I had just gotten my new pair of glasses so I could actually see the people, too. Then I scanned the whole stadium and was amazed at the amount of people there. Then it hit me: God is passionately in love with every single solitary person there. And I remebered being at sporting events before and having that same realization. It's really neat at ND football games with the Touchdown Jesus in the background. And at these games is just a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the people in the world that God is soooo passionately in love with. I feel how intimately He loves me and it's so hard to fathom he feels that same way about every single person on this Earth right now and in the past and in the future. I think my mind is about to explode!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Grace like rain

Awhile ago, I was sitting in adoration listening to good ol' Josh play his wonderful music for the Lord. At the time, he was playing Delirious's "Majesty". I absolutely love this song! Everytime I hear it, I have to sing aloud to the part that goes, "Now I've found the greatest love of all is mine cuz you layed down your life, the greatest sacrifice..." This particular night, though, there was another part in the song that hit me like CRAAAZY! The verse goes like this: "Your grace has found me just as I am, empty handed but alive in your hands..." I continued to dwell on it and found it amazing. The Lord and His wonderful, saving grace, comes to us just as we are. If we are in the lowest of low, he will humble himself to shower us with graces so that we may get through life and be blessed. How awesome is that?! The Lord is our Heavenly King. How many kings and royalty humble themselves to go out into the filthy streets to meet their people in order to make their lives a lil better? Not many, but our King and Father loves His children that much. And even when we are struggling, we should remember to call on His grace, and not to forget that even in chaos and sin, we are still so worthy of His grace.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Simple Violet

"I believe that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisies. I believe that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be enameled with lovely hues. Our Lord has created great saints who are the roses and the lilies of His kingdom, but he has also created lesser ones, simple daisies and violets growing at His feet." -St. Therese of Lisieux

How beautiful are the words by this simple saint! This quote, and her whole life, is so inspiring. We are all destined to be saints, no matter if you're John Paul II who was a visible, clear light of Christ to all the world, or you're Therese, a simple nun whom rarely left the confines of her convent. You could have the most boring job in the world, and yet, if you offer that up and live that for Christ, that boring job could bring you to sainthood! Therese also said, "I will give you everything and when I have nothing left to give, I will give you that nothing." So much easier said than done! But by God's Grace, anything can be done. I know for me, when I miss daily mass for a couple of days, I go back to the selfish worldly person that I am without God's grace in my life. The sacraments have enough grace alone to lead us to sainthood.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Love at first sight

Can you imagine how in love with Mary Joseph was? Mary was sinless-so amazingly holy. She had no jealous or impure thought in her existence. Some of us are extremely attractive at moments because it's evident Christ is in us and we radiate with holiness. But those are just for moments. Mary was always radiant with love, beauty, purity, and holiness. Her body was meant to be the first tabernacle upon which the Lord was to first dwell. Talk about radiance. Mary is infinitely beautiful. Imagine Joseph's first reaction to seeing her. That must have been love at first sight!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Eternal Novel

God's imagination and creativity is so vast and immeasurable. There is so much mystery to the Eucharist. There is so much detail to our human history; to our salvation history. Every detail is so carefully planned out and so beautifully intertwined with other details. There is no greater author in all history who could've written such a capturing story, I can do nothing but standd in awe as the Lord grants me with more wisdom and knowledge. And as I turn the page of each chapter of this mysterious faith, I join a host of saints before me, whose disovery of this eternal novel led them to holiness.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

My God, My God, I love you!

This is a simple saying, yet it means so much! Christ needs our love, in fact, He demands our love. He says, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." Christ loves us with the most Perfect Love, so shouldn't we atleast try to love Him the same way back? Obviously, we are just humans, and we will never be perfect. But like all the saints before us, we sure as heck can try! Christ deserves our most perfect love that we can offer Him because of the love that He has shown us. No other human on this earth should recieve the love that we should have for Christ. How hard is this, though? So very, very hard, but Christ definitely smiles and blesses those upon whom atleast try. If you find yourself, like I so often do, not feeling like you can love Him enough, pray and ask that you may have this love for Him. If it is your true desire to deeply love Him, but you just don't feel like you are doing a good enough job, Christ will grant you your desires. "Ask and you shall recieve." Mary is a beautiful model of this indeed! A mother's love is so perfect for her child, and Mary was free of sin, so she was able to love Christ wholeheartedly. She was able to gaze upon his face and fall in love with every inch of His body and soul. We should strive to do the same, especially when we are in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Ask Mary to pray for you so that you may be granted more perfect love for her son. "The way to a man's heart is through his mother." And what a Sacred Heart He has! : )

Monday, June 13, 2005

Love is patient, love is kind

This is my new blog everyone. I have kind of wanted one for a while because I have observed many for quite a few months now. And I love to share my faith and myself, too, so why not do so you all can see! I named the blog love is kind because that scripture verse is my favorite one. My constant prayer is that I may love everyone with the same love that Christ has for us all so that I can be a little piece of him here on earth. And His love is so awesome. I am just now beginning to touch the tip of the ice berg of the love He has for me and for others. I am so in love with the Eucharist and the Lord is constantly revealing new things and inviting me to dive into the mystery of this beautiful sacrament. Lately, He has showed himself more clearly to me throught His most Sacred Heart. I would say that I have developed a devotion to the Sacred Heart. And the Sacred Heart is full of the most Perfect Love, so it all is working out for me! I just got a Novena to the Sacred Heart and it rocks my socks off! The Sacred Heart is such an awesome mystery that I am really exited to unfold! Ok, well, this is all I have time for for now!