True Love Seeks the Highest Heights:
We are God’s Beloved. Genuine love seeks the best for us. No suffering is ultimately meaningless or pointless. We believe that a loving God is providentially orchestrating all things, in a way that upholds our freedom. For that reason we believe that when God allows us to suffer, He is doing so to protect us from a greater evil, or to lift us to a far greater and outweighing good.
True Love Grants Opportunity:
God gives us opportunities to love Him, give glory to His Holy Name, to merit glory, and to participate in His work of redemption.
True love accepts, trusts, and grows.
Are you walking into Mass out of shape? Idol Chatter is here to help with “Mass Fitness.” After all … “He who dances prays thrice!”
“Journeying is precisely the art of looking toward the horizon, thinking where I want to go but also enduring the fatigue of the journey, which is sometimes difficult. … There are dark days, even days when we fail, even days when we fall … but always think of this: Don’t be afraid of failures. Don’t be afraid of falling.”
Today is the Feast Day of St. Agnes, a fourth-century martyr who is one of the most beloved of all female saints, because of her heroic commitment to purity. It is within the Church on January 21st, the day of Agnes’ execution, that two lambs are presented to the Pope, who blesses the lambs. The lambs suggest the name of Saint Agnes, a play on the word “agnus”, which in Latin means lamb-life. But more than this, the lambs represent the sacrifice of Saint Agnes, who offered her life as a sacrifice to Christ the Lord.
The wool from these lambs prepared on Holy Thursday and used to weave the palliums that the Pope bestows on archbishops. The pallium is a circlet of woolen cloth decorated with crosses that is worn by an archbishop as a sign of the dignity of his office, an office he exercises in communion with the Pope.
We must all be willing to give up our lives in service to Christ the Lord. We may not be asked to accept as our mission torture and death like Saint Agnes but we will be asked to make a sacrifice.
What that specific sacrifice will be will be specific to our vocation and differs from person to person, but whatever our sacrifice will be it will be an act of love, a manifestation of fidelity to Christ, and a witness of our hope that Christ the Lord offers us more than anything than the world can give.
A Friend, Danielle Rose, has released a new pro life music video that she filmed in China a few years ago. She went to China to film and to work with the orphans in China Little Flower Orphanage. Because of the one child policy that is enforced in China, many children are aborted or abandoned in the streets, especially amongst the poor. Those that are abandoned are often deformed in some way. Being the anniversary of Roe vs Wade in our own country, stop for a moment. Be silent. Quiet your mind. Pray. Protect Life. Radiate Sacred Love.
Growing up on a small family farm, Joe was among the 1100 residents of Iroquois, Ontario, Canada. The rural town provided the space, tranquility and fresh air he needed to develop as an artist. He began by honing his piano skills, then taught himself guitar.
This is Sweet —————