by Parish Staff
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you!
You know, there are days when things just don’t go right and we do not know where to turn or what to do. All of us have those days – including myself. Well, I came across these “Daily Rules From God,” and I thought that I would share them with you hoping that they would help you through those days.
- Wake up!! Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24
- Dress up!! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
- Shut up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” Proverbs 13:3
- Stand up!! For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…” Galatians 6:9-10
- Look up!! To the Lord. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
- Reach up!! For something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- Lift up!! Your prayers. “Do not worry about yourself; instead PRAY FOR EVERYTHING.” Philippians 4:4
I think that we need to daily remind ourselves that because of our Baptism we are very intimately connected to the Lord and to each other. It is through that sacrament that we become a member of the Church, the Body of Christ. We should never forget what John tells us: “I am the vine you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (15:50)
I hope that this helps when you are feeling that nobody cares and that life seems impossible. Never give up on God. The hand of the Lord is always stretched out to us. All we have to do is reach up and grab it. And if life seems as if it is too heavy a burden to carry, remember that the Lord is always willing to pick us up and carry us in His arms. Trust! Never stop trusting in the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit is His gift to us to guide us through life’s difficult times as well as the joys of life. It feels so good to know that the Lord loves us so much!
You and I live in a time and place in the world that easily discourage us and blind us to the Word of God at work. When we turn on our televisions or listen to the radio or read the newspaper, we are reminded
of the greed and selfishness that surrounds us. It seems as if once a week there is shooting somewhere in our nation or a terrorist attack somewhere in our world. It is always the innocent that suffer. The selfishness that exists in our world today seemingly gives some in our society to right to do what they want, when they want, regardless who may get hurt. For these, human life is expendable. This is especially true when an innocent child’s life is taken in an abortion or many lives are lost in an act of terror. Is it just me, or does it seem that the world has forgotten that all of us, regardless of where we live, are sons and daughters of God who are created in His image and likeness?
The more we put ourselves first and God last, the more likely we are to allow selfishness and greed to take over in our lives. Never forget, nor let those with whom we associate forget, that every human being, born or unborn, is a son or daughter of God, and that there is no limit to His love for us. He truly loves each one of us as if we were the only creature on earth.
So when things are not going the way we want them to go or when we are not getting our way, just remember to wake up, to dress up, to shut up, to stand up, to look up and reach up! When you do this, you will see God right at your side or up above looking lovingly down upon you. So put a smile on your face and let God love you; and then take that love and share it with another. There is a wise saying that says that a drop of honey attracts more flies than a drop of vinegar.
If we really work at becoming the Word of God of which we partake of every time we participate in Mass, then we will truly be the Christ on this earth that He wants us to be. When His Word lives in our heart, then He, not our own ambitions and desires, becomes the guiding force in our lives.
So when you wake up tomorrow and are getting dressed, first put on your colorful socks as a reminder that you are putting on Christ and will be taking Him with you wherever you go. Let His presence make a difference in your world!
Please pray daily for me and all our priests and seminarians.
I love you,