Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Joyful Bliss

July 31, 2012

Awhile back, I wrote a post on the difference between Joy and Happiness. I mentioned how Joy is internal and Happiness is external. Happiness is an action, for example: we exercise to make our bodies feel good. Joy is a feeling, for example: we experience joy when we pray, hearing stories from my grandma's past-time. Happiness lasts but a short while, so we need more of it in bursts.  Joy is everlasting, it is infinite. Today I am joyful. Joy brings forth graditude and graditude brings joy within and all around in our lives. May you have a blessed day filled with abundant joy. :-)

God bless,

Monica

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Friday, June 8, 2012

What is Love, Really?

My response to Friday's Reflection: What is Love, Really? by: Vinita Hampton Wright

Love is the way the wind blows on a warm summer day.
Love is the smell of breakfast in the morning wake.
Love is my grandma watering the plants outside.
Love is all these things and more.

Love is a baby sleeping.
Love is a dog barking.
Love is a kitten purring.
Love is the birds chirping.
Love is all these things and more.

Love is baby Jesus.
Love is eternal bliss.
Love is our Blessed Mother.
Love is being vulnerable.
Love is all these things and more.

God is Love.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Souls in Purgatory

How do we know for certain if our loved ones are in Heaven? What proof do we have, if there is any?  Sometimes there are signs that tell us they are. Before my grandpa passed away, He told my grandma he was going to send a sign telling her he made it to Heaven, sure enough he did. On the day of my grandpa's funeral mass, it was raining hard, as soon as we got to the cemetary the sun came out.

Gary Zimak is a blogger at followingthetruth and today he writes that only the church can say if the person is truly in Heaven. For reason, we need to continue praying for their souls. He states as an example to imagine you are that soul in purgatory unable to pray for ourselves, and nobody on earth is praying for you. We can all use each other's help to pray for each other always. Click over at Gary's blog to read the rest of the article. God bless.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Best Monday Ever!

1 hour, 15 minutes,
goes by fast,
at the bookstore with Grandma,
walking and looking,
and talking,
until we found a book we liked,
to sit and waste time,
and look at,
The Vatican.
We counted 144 Popes,
and other awesome Catholic stuff,
and then time was up.
We waited to go home, 
after a wonderful day, 
thanks be to God.  


I love Paradoxes, they give me hope. Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of Pentacost, the  birthday of the Catholic Church, when the Holy Spirit was descended upon the apostles and they all began speaking in different tongues. Fr. Roy mentioned in his sermon on Sunday, the Holy Spirit is a mysterious energy that is at work in us that could take a lifetime to fully appreciate. It is the spirit that helps us see the dark places in our hearts and minds in the light.

The Holy Spirit made me think of a Paradox the other day, Everyday is another chance to do better. Then I read, Gretchin Rubin's blog and she was talking about Paradoxes. Her blog made me think about other Paradoxes so I made a list of a few below."The days are long, the years are short." - From Gretchin Rubin in The Happiness-Project. Check out her video at the website.
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Practice makes perfect, but nobody's perfect.
What Paradoxes have you heard of? Which ones are your favorite? Feel free to list them in the comment space below. Thanks and God bless you. Happy Monday!


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Joy and Pleasure

A question on Facebook group, Live Your Truth - Love Your Life got me contemplating the significance of joy and pleasure. Joe Paprocki states in his book, "7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness" that pleasures are desires we seek to scratch our itch. An itch is something that bothers us, for example: a loss of a loved one or job, financial difficulties, a breakup in a relationship, etc. Some of these pleasures we use to scratch our itch are: shopping, eating, drinking alcohol, using drugs, gambling, smoking, exercising, making love, playing video games, blogging/tweeting/surfing the internet, watching television, and working (62). 

Pleasure can be defined as external happiness, which usually ends in the result of feeling accomplished, if it does not get out of hand as Paprocki mentions in his book (62). Other examples would include: cleaning house, getting dressed up, conversing with a friend, etc.
Joy can be defined as internal happiness which results in The Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love, and The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. Joy is considered eternal, everlasting happiness, and is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Read more about The Fruits of the Holy Spirit at Gary Zimak's blog at FollowingtheTruth. In contrast, pleasure is only temporary like a car that runs out of gas.  Although we cannot have one without the other.

We need pleasure, with limits (of course), because due to our human nature, we will feel worthless without it, for example: without a job we may feel worthless thereby leading to feelings of anxiety and depression. Joe Paprocki states in his book, too much pleasure can lead to becoming depended on these behaviors, and focusing on the fact that this is what makes me happy instead of what is eternal (64). Not to confuse jobs with vocations; St. Therese of the child Jesus, said it best: "My vocation is to Love." A vocation is one that we are called to protray for the honor and glory of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. Everyone has different vocations. St. Paul states:

"And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-13

We need joy because without it we will be like walking zombies on this earth with no destination in mind. We experience joy when: praying the Rosary, reading daily scripture, participating in Holy Mass, volunteering, etc. The following is from today's meditation from WordAmongUs:

“No one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)

What better way then to end with this verse from the book of John 16:20 from today's Gospel, which can be found on the USCCB website and video by Hillsong - Shout to the Lord:

Jesus said to his disciples:"Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.



Adios and God bless!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

LIfe is...


Life is one big puzzle when your young,
between middle age and being a teenager,
most things don't always make complete sense.
We must trust that the struggles we are undergoing
are only temporary and not eternal. 
At the same time, be an optimist and a realist,
and an opportunist.
We have to understand,
everything happens for a purpose,
and second chances are rarely given.
No matter how hard we try,
the puzzle is never complete without faith,
in the one who made us.

"In the end everything will work out, if it's not working out it's not the end." - Unknown

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today's Reflection

The meaning of love is to sacrifice yourself. --St. Therese of Lisieux

"Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices."
—_ Ralph Waldo Emerson_

That's exactly what my mom did. She wanted the best for us. She will always be remembered for her big heart; she was always willing to lend a helping hand. She loved her family dearly, she went all out for them; as much as she loved her family, she cherished her friends. There will never be anyone else like my mom, she's irreplaceable. I love my mom and I believe she still lives in our hearts. I refused to believe or admit she's gone. One day, someday, I still have that hope that we will see her again Godwilling. In Heaven, that day will not be long, because Heaven is timeless.