I was watching television the other day and heard the most prolific message coming from it, a message that resonates profoundly and makes one to look inward to reflect on the real reason why God has placed them to be here on earth. The message:
Be who you were born to be and not what you have become
To be able to experience this phenomenon of being who you were born to be, Faith plays a crucial role in the ability to be able reach your true destiny. Remember scripture Jeremiah 1:5..
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations
Faith is essential when facing any type of storm without it you are left naked to wander aimlessly through life. We all during life face one type of storm or another, that is life. As with Faith, one has to remember that, “Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.” As referenced in the above scripture about being “prophets to the nations,” it is our duty as Christians to spread the word of God and to make his Word known. To accomplish this we too, should strive for being like the Saints, who selfishly loved God with every fiber of their being. As my good friend and fellow Catholic pointed out, “They became the people God created them to be.”
Are you ready to accept this challenge and be the person God intended?
Seek a personal relationship with Jesus and it is through His Love, Mercy and Grace that he will lift us all up to be all that we were meant to be… God Bless
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime height turn upon thine eyes of pity. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beseech Thee to extend to me thine assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. And in order that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee forever, my only desire being to love thy Divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I too be saved. Amen.
Today we celebrate the feast day of the Immaculate Conception and the debut of this blog. How befitting to debut on a day that we honor her who gave us the greatest gift of all, our Savior, her son, Jesus.
I am not sure of the journey we will share on this blog, I am convinced that I am compelled to write about my faith and how it plays a crucial role in my life and I pray that I am guided by his mercy as I put forth the words needed to fill the pages to come.
My journey, like so many has been one of heartache and jubilation. It is my faith that has gotten me through even the most darkest of hours. For me, Mary, represents the ultimate Mother. One who has the ability to see past our faults and mishaps, one who is able to give us the kind of love so many of us seek, one that is unconditional.
I am in awe of the faith she displayed as she was called upon by the angel Gabriel, a messenger from God, that she was to bring forth his son and she did not waiver but graciously said yes to the word of God. Mary’s life was forever changed that day and she lived a life like most of us, one filled with joy and sorrow.
We are called to imitate her and to bring Jesus into the world; doing so we too shall suffer but it is our decision to either follow her example by living a life full of grace or succumbing to a life full of sin. I, pray to follow her lead and can only hope that I too, can continue to proclaim God’s greatness, knowing that he will be forever watchful if we keep our hearts open to his word. Luke 1:53 states:
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
I find comfort in the words of St. John Vianney as he states,”Mary’s heart is so loving towards us that the hearts of all other mothers taken together are but a piece of ice in comparison.”
“Lord, thank you for your Blessed Mother! May I imitate her virtues and call upon her to help me walk with you.”