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We Are Given A Mission In Life

I’m very proud to be an American, but there are times when I’m ashamed of our country. I’m proud that we have what in some ways is probably the freest society on earth, but I’m ashamed that so many people misuse this freedom through such things as crime, materialism, and immorality. I’m proud that we […]

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What Can Christians Do To Help Persecuted Christians In The Middle East

Q – “What we can do (beyond prayer) to help the Christians being persecuted in Iraq. Is there a reputable organization you know of that we could donate to that is currently aiding them?”A – Thanks for the question. I believe a number of people want to …

Christians and Karma

Christians are not noted for learning from people of different faiths. In fact, many Christians seem to believe that even considering a perspective that differs from their own is borderline sinful. That is unfortunate because examining others’ views can often deepen our own. A good example of this is the concept of karma. Karma is […]

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I Want To Be Happy!

All of us want the same thing.  Happiness.
In fact, most of the decisions we make are in seeking out our own happiness or the happiness of others. But, we seek it in ways that sometimes don’t really help.

  • Some of us seek it out in pleasure, yet find that pleasure alone cannot equal happiness and we are then left unfulfilled. We can find examples of this in how people seek it in drugs or alcohol.
  • Some of us seek it in other people, and find they will always be unable to fulfill our deepest longings. Thus, we feel that we haven’t found the right person or that we need to change them. This leads to many broken marriages and relationships.
  • Some seek it in a combination of pleasure and people.  An example is when people seek to use others sexually. Pre-marital sex, contraception, affairs, etc. This will always lead to unhappiness.
  • Some people seek it in power or glory.  They mistake human admiration for happiness, which will always be shown as a sham ultimately.
  • Some seek it in money and attaining earthly treasures. They obtain things in place of having real happiness.

So, what will bring true happiness?  Let JPII tell us about it,

“Creating man and woman in his own image and likeness, God wills for them the fullness of good, or supernatural happiness, which flows from sharing in his own life.” 

Pope Francis put it this way:

“In our day we pass in front of so many doors that invite us to come in, promising a happiness which later we realize lasts only an instant, exhausts itself with no future. But I ask you: by which door do we want to enter? And who do we want to let in through the door of our life? I would like to say forcefully: let’s not be afraid to cross the threshold of faith in Jesus, to let him enter our life more and more, to step out of our selfishness, our closure, our indifference to others so that Jesus may illuminate our life with a light that never goes out. It is not a firework, not a flash of light! No, it is a peaceful light that lasts for ever and gives us peace. Consequently it is the light we encounter if we enter through Jesus’ door.”

We can only be truly happy when we stop trying to create our own happiness and share in the only thing that can truly grant us the gift of happiness – God. Thus, we have to receive the gift of love that God gives us. He made us to want happiness and He will fulfill that longing in a relationship with Him!

But, it isn’t merely our choosing God. He chose us first. Thus, we merely need to respond with a “yes” to his invitation.

Do you want to be happy?  Of course.
So, choose God.
Receive His grace today.
Live your life for Him.
Love Him and His children.
Be happy…

How do you do this? Start with this prayer from Pope Francis:

“Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace.”

Another prayer of Francis:

“In silence, let us all look into our hearts and each one of us tell Jesus that we want to receive the seed of his Word. Say to him: Jesus, look upon the stones, the thorns, and the weeds that I have, but look also upon this small piece of ground that I offer to you so that the seed may enter my heart. In silence, let us allow the seed of Jesus to enter our hearts. Remember this moment. Everyone knows the seed that has been received. Allow it to grow, and God will nurture it.”

Catholics Navigating Homosexuality

From the description of the movie:Here are three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality: Dan, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation fro…

Bearing Fruit Where We Are Planted

What topic or subject did Jesus talk about most frequently? If your answer was a topic concerning love or morality or faith or forgiveness, you would be wrong. The central theme of Jesus teaching, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, was “The Kingdom of God”. We should recognize that the terms […]

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Is Smoking Marijuana a Victim-less Crime?

Some say that smoking pot or doing other drugs is a victim-less crime. Yet, there are millions of direct and indirect victims of the drug-trade. Issues include addiction, broken families, billions spent every year, slavery, abuse, sex-tr…

The Weekly Francis – Volume 67 – 21 July 2014

This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 12 to 19 July 2014. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s The Weekly Francis. Jimmy Akin came up with this idea when he started “The Weekly Benedict” and [...]

Fr. Barron on Intentional Discipleship

I got to spend several days with Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples, this past week, at the St. John Bosco Conference. Her book has really been stoking a conversation throughout the Church in the USA, about how The Catholic Ch…

On Bringing Forth And Leaving Behind

The readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time begin with Solomon’s request for Wisdom and conclude with a summation of the Lord’s teaching on the parables. At the conclusion of the Dissertation on the parables in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus states: “Every scribe of the Kingdom is like the head of the household […]

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