St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about shamrocks, green beer, pots of gold, pinching people without green on and Irish pubs.It is about an amazing man of God who brought Jesus to an isle of pagans.Here is St. Patrick’s breastplate, a great prayer he wrote:…
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This is what Christian unity looks like. It doesn’t ignore the differences that we have with our non-Catholic brothers and sisters.It isn’t triumphalistic.It isn’t us vs them.Rather, it is the love of Christ for all people. Jesus prayed for Christian u…
All of us have difficulties with prayer and we have to understand this is normal. Prayer is a relationship and one that takes a lot of work to get even to the point of even being OK.In many ways prayer is like any other relationship. Many of us start o…
I don’t stress out much, even though my personality can be pretty high-strung. I do it by applying (most of) these strategies to my life.55 Ways To Reduce StressMental prayer (meditation) every day.Pray with Scripture daily.Frequent The Sacraments – Ma…
21 Ways To Make A Marriage GreatStay chaste and celibate before marriage - This goes for all your relationships. The statistics show that doing so means a much higher chance of a successful marriage. Those who don’t have premarital sex h…
LORD, bless us with a greater unity and solidarity with the faithful throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, especially the young people. Give us the grace to give generously to those who are rich in faith but lacking in resources. May we learn fro…
There is an old tradition that Washington prayed in the snow at Valley Forge on Christmas Day 1777. Certainly the wretched condition of the Continental Army in December of 1777, with a hungry winter beginning, would have driven commanders less pious than Washington to their knees. However, Washington was pious and prayed every day. The tradition […]
There is a spiritual battle that rages in places we cannot see with our eyes or hear with our ears. It rages in our hearts, our culture, and in our world.
In the Sacred Scriptures God continually warns His people to prepare for war. Yes, He is The victorious King who has entered the fray, but he calls you and I to take up our weapons and fight with Him against the enemy – Satan.
All of hell knows there is no hope of final victory, but out of spite, they fight to ruin whatever souls they can. The rest of creation cries out for salvation.
Our war will not be fought with weapons made of our own hands, but of the grace of God.
How have you prepared for war this day?
What are you doing to help others survive it?
Are you prepared to go into battle?
Whether you are or not, war is upon you.
Now is the time to fight. Now is the time to put on the armor of God and take up the sword.
If we fail to pick a side in the war, it means we have already chosen – “he who is not with me is against me.”
Can you not hear the bombs falling and the guns firing? Pick up your cross – it is your weapon against the enemy – and follow The King of All into battle.
He will come again, but until that day – it is up to you and me to take up His cause and fight the enemy.
9 Ways to Overcome Temptation:
1. Avoid and/or flee from it. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.
“She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” -Gen 39:12
2. Submit your thoughts to God. He knows better than we do what is good.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” -Phil 4:8
3. Overcome your selfishness. True Love doesn’t know selfishness. Because, if you love Jesus you don’t belong to yourself
“and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” -1 Cor 3:23
4. Expect and be ready for temptation. We need to be prepared for Spiritual battle.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” -Eph 6:13
5. Remind yourself of the consequences of sin.
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” -Gal5:19-21
6. Memorize God’s Word. Filling our minds with the thoughts of God and having them readily available to us is very wise.
“He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” -Luke 11:28
7. Cultivate a sense of God’s presence But don’t just listen – obey.
“Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey.” -Deut 5:27
8. Frequent confession heals us and we start over spiritually healthy.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” -James 5:16
9. Accountability helps us avoid sin. When we are accountable to both man and God it helps us overcome temptation.
“Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” -Genesis 4:9-10