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Don't Lose That First Battle Pt. II

A little over a month ago I wrote a post, Don't lose that first battle about the importance of rising on time.  Over the past month as the holidays have come and gone I have been reflecting more and more on this. For the most part I have been doing some great things with my free time such as blogging, praying, going to mass, and relaxing.  Yet despite this I still felt that I was not utilizing my free time in the best way possible.  So in light of this I decided that my New Year's resolution was to become more organized through writing daily and weekly schedules. I even purchased a brand new Catholic Planner complete with daily mass readings to help me on my quest.  So far I have been doing this for the past couple of weeks and the results have been mostly positive.  But one of the negative consequences of living a more organized lifestyle is becoming more aware of wasted time.  I still needed to change even more.  I needed to become even more organized and structured.  Why?  …

Sincerely yours,

A couple of days ago I heard a talk that greatly impacted me on the issue of sincerity. Most of us admire people who are sincere: the frank grandmother, the courageous songwriter, or the recovering drug addict. Even Jesus admired sincerity.  In the gospel of John there is a humorous account where Jesus selects Nathanael to become an apostle.  Before accepting Jesus' invitation, Nathanael literally mocks Jesus' hometown by saying, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" (cf. John 1: 46)  Yet Jesus didn't mind, he actually commends Nathanael as being a person without "guile."  To Jesus it was more important who Nathanael was - not what he said. There are many other characters in the bible who were severely flawed but sincere:  Abraham, David  & Jacob to name a few.   The great news for us Catholics is that there is a tool out there that can help all of us along our path of sincerity and that tool is the examination of conscience.

The examination of …

We Must Not Hide Our Light

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Nelson Mandela
Last night as I attended a spiritual talk I was struck by the poignancy of these words.  I began to ask myself what has held me back from achieving the greatness that the Lord has called me to?…

Hope and fear in the new year

It feels great to be back after these past 2 weeks.   I hope that everyone is having a blessed holiday season.  I myself am excited to begin a new year. 2012 is upon us. It's amazing how a simple numeric change can inspire so much hope and fear at the same time.

Hope - because its a chance for a new beginning. The ringing in of a new year is like free confession without a priest: a time to discard the failings of the previous year and to begin with renewed vigor.

Fear - because with each passing year we get older and time seems to fly by.  Personally, the idea of wasted time, taking wrong life turns, and lost opportunities are what troubles me the most.

In these times, I really dive into the depths of my faith for guidance and answers.  The Catholic faith is so beautiful as it provides a great platform for that "hope"  We have the sacrament of  Reconciliation; a perfect path to ushering in God's grace. Grace provides everything that we need to live this life here on…