GOD AND MAMMON (DISGUISED AS ANXIETY)

 

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Jesus knows human nature so well. He knows that the human person can only concentrate on one thing at once. I do not think Jesus would have agreed with the modern notion that multitasking is a virtue!

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Jesus isn’t anti-money, but is instead anti-anxiety. St Ignatius would call it an “indifference” to material goods. Jesus is not admonishing us, just stating this as a fact!

It’s the mass accumulation of worldly goods and riches that lead to fighting the multiple masters.

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Remember you can’t take it with you!

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Jesus urges us to liberate ourselves from worry and anxiety about our body and material things such as food and clothing. To be concerned about food because right now I am very hungry and do not have anything to eat is very different from worrying whether I will have food next month; to be anxious about what is happening when I am in intensive care is very different from wondering how long my health will hold up in the coming years; to be fretting because I have no money to pay my rent with the landlord knocking at the door is very different from wondering whether I will ever be rich. Worry and anxiety about the future are a waste of time and energy yet we indulge in them so much. They are a waste of time and energy because they are about things which do not exist and very possibly may never exist.
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As Fr Tony de Mello, a Jesuit missionary and spiritual theologian in India used to say, quoting a Buddhist axiom: “Why worry? If you don’t worry, you die; if you do worry, you die. So, why worry?” Okay I will save you from my rendition of the old Bobby McPherran song “Don’t worry, Be Happy”

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen summarized this dynamic many years ago. “Those who deny the immortality of the soul almost always substitute for it the immortality of the means of subsistence,” he wrote. Those who live as if this world is all that exists and matters are the followers of mammon. We must keep in mind that mammon is not money, per se, but the personification of riches — the idolization of things. Mammon is the god of having, acquiring and hoarding. Jesus did not teach that money or material things are bad, but that they must, in every way, be kept in their rightful place and used for their proper ends.

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It is said “Stress makes you think that everything must happen right now.
Faith reassures us that will happen in God’s time”

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Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its trials—
it simply empties today of its joy.
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow—
it empties today of its strength.”

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Jesus first tells us not to be anxious, and then provides the rationale:

• God provides for the sparrow, who works but does not worry.

• God, who gave us life, will provide for our needs.

• Our worry is futile; it does not accomplish anything.

Sometimes we can learn from others, the reverend Billy Graham is quoted as saying:

“We are rich in the things that perish,
but poor in the things of the spirit.
We are rich in gadgets, but poor in faith.
We are rich in goods, but poor in grace.
We are rich in know-how, but poor in character.
We are rich in words, but poor in deeds.”

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To be fully alive, again Fr Tony de Mello also used to advise: “Be yourself. Be here. Be now.”

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Remember, Enjoyment and happiness are only in the present. Nowhere else. If we keep looking forward or looking back we will never find happiness. It is right here in our grasp at every moment of every day. Again as Fr Tony used to say, “You have everything you need right now to be happy.”

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Our prayers are precious to God, because we are precious to God. He invites us to come back again—and again—and again—because he loves to hear from us. He loves to have us near. He loves us.

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• While God might not always give us everything we want—any more than you would give your children everything they want—Jesus promises that God will bless us when we call on him day and night (Luke 18:7)

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My wife has a decorative tile that says:

God’s 3 Answers to our prayers:

1 YES!

2. NOT YET!

3. I have something better in mind!

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The first saint I remember being canonized in my lifetime, the great Padre Pio famously said:

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

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Do we believe that? How our lives would be transformed if only we could really believe it! Jesus puts that same thing in different words, “Do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself.” God is only to be found in the here and now; he is always available.

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GOD BLESS YOU!

 

EWTN FAMILY PRAYER FOR THOSE WITH SSA

 

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Prayer
Heavenly father, we stand in awe of your glory and your love for us!
You said that it isn’t good for man to be alone. We pray for those who suffer with same-sex attraction.

Heal the wounds of their past and help them to trust in your perfect plan for men and women. Protect them from those who would lead them into sin and bring into their lives friends who will help them to grow in virtue and true freedom.

We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

as prayed on EWTN  by Fr. Joseph Wolfe MFVA 

STRESS AND FAITH

 

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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   

 

ROMANS 12-2

COMFORTABLE SUFFERING

 

 

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Take comfort because your suffering is in God’s will. If human nature is resentful of suffering and resists it…. that is because human beings were created for happiness, and crosses are a consequence of sin. As long as we are on this earth, we will always feel a natural aversion to suffering. It is a chain that accompanies us everywhere we go. You can be certain, however, that even if our disposition is to desire the cross and we willingly embrace it and submit to it out of love for God, that does not mean we will stop feeling nature’s demands in our flesh to not want to suffer. Who most loved the cross of the divine Master? Well, even he, in his most holy humanity during his freely chosen agony, prayed that the chalice be removed from him if possible.”

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Padre Pio

FOR LOVE, BY LOVE, FROM LOVE

Being a parent of a same sex attracted child I am often asked how did I deal with being told.  Well the truth is, a couple of weeks before a Lighthouse media CD of Fr. Michael Schmitz arrived in the mail.  I was hesitant to listen at first but one day on my hour long drive home I broke down and listened.  I was amazed by the content and the truly spiritual simplicity Fr. Michael presented his talk.  Needless to say his sections on SSA resonated well with me and that and the Holy Spirit gave me the words to say and not alienate my child.  Below is the video of his talk. 

 

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvYv6UUt9aE%5B/embedyt%5D

 

Father Mike Schmitz is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. He currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. Known nationally for his inspiring homilies, consistent hilarity, and genuine coolness, Father Mike is quickly becoming a Catholic household name in America.